An Ordinary Family Making a Not So Ordinary Choice About School

Did I ever mention I am a homeschooler?...more
@txfamilyof7 I like to think of it more that we've chosen to try something new, which is in line ...more

I Finished Law School, Healthy, Fit, and Strong

At each station of my life, organization, determination, and the love of family and friends have helped me reach my goal. Finishing law school strong was no exception. ...more

A life lesson for gifted children: failure

Let your gifted child fail. What? Many parents of gifted children, hardened from years of advocacy, might bristle at the idea of allowing their child to fail. They have encouraged their children to fulfill their talents, to strive for their best, to take on new challenges. Passively accepting a failing grade or poor performance may seem alien. But it’s often the best life lesson a child can receive....more

The Global Knowledge Economy: An increasingly competitive landscape

A new shift is occurring as universities around the world have set their sights on attracting students from abroad. In a quest to cultivate knowledge-based economies, governments around the world are making huge investments to improve the quality of their universities. The new bar is academic excellence. In the new global economy, to be considered well-educated, one must be exposed to ideas and people and transcend national boundaries....more

Do Your Kids Know More Than You Do?

@SharonUleryRuggieri Oh, I think we're all saying the same thing, only we use different words or ...more

In Afghanistan, women and girls strive to get an education

In a country where education for all remains a challenge, UN Women is supporting efforts to reach women and girls through English classes and trainings in computer skills. On 10 July, the CEDAW Committee will review examines Afghanistan’s first report on progress and challenges towards gender equality. ...more

Common Core or Common Sense?

Chatting with a friend a while back, I heard her say something that is as unlikely as it is obvious:Every child deserves a good school....more

Response to Representative Liz Pike

Heidi blogs regularly at My Beautiful Mess.  Recently a Facebook post by a local legislator has garnered quite the attention.  Representative Liz Pike, who serves on the Washington State House Education Committee recently posted an open letter to public educators on her personal Facebook page....more

K.I.S.S. (Kids In Successful Schools) Begins at Home Parent

  K.I.S.S. (Kids In Successful Schools) Begins at Home Parent Workshops educate parents on how to combine play, cultural exposure and family values to create school success. Here are snippets of workshops at the Michigan Science Center, Cranbrook Institute of Science and at a bootcamp in Harper Woods...more

Public High School Survival Guide for gifted students

How can gifted students get the most out of public high school? What does it take to create an inviting, supportive learning environment? Can a highly gifted student survive public school and feel confident, happy and socially engaged? Most public schools scramble to meet the educational needs of gifted individuals (see link for an example of necessary educational goals)....more