Understanding the Common Core, the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, and PARCC

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in February and that the testing season is upon us.  In recent months, you may have started hearing words and phrases like “PARCC,” “Common Core,” and “The Third Grade Reading Guarantee.”  Yes, you know that these words all pertain to your student’s education, but what do they mean?  How are they different and …

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ODE Report Recommends Less Testing

Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Education released a report recommending that we decrease the amount of testing in schools.  According to the article, students spend an average of 20 hours a year preparing for testing.  As expected, third graders and tenth graders spend the most time on tests due to the PARCC Assessment, SAT, and ACT, averaging closer to 28 …

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Common Core Curriculum: Utopia or Just Another Elephant?

Note: This post was written by a guest author.   The United States has been struggling with poor literacy, poor mathematics and poor science skills for decades. While we continue to pour billions of dollars into these education problems every year, the needle has not moved appreciably since World War II. Once we were a leader in education, now we …

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Dealing with Bullying

Note: This post was written by a guest author.   Below is the final installment of our first bullying series.  If you personally have any tips or insight on how to manage and get through a bullying situation, please sound off below in the Comments section. How should a parent react to hearing that their child is being a bully? …

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Free Parent-Teacher Conference Checklist

Note: This post was written by a guest author.   Soon enough report cards will be making their way home, with Parent-Teacher Conferences to follow not long after.  Oftentimes, during a conference, questions that were meant to be asked are forgotten, and new information given can be overwhelming.  Or first-time parents are uncertain where to even start with questions. Below …

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Effective Communication with Your Child’s School

Note: This post was written by Carole Richards.   With school conference time approaching, it is important to reflect on effective communication strategies with your child’s school and most importantly, his teacher.  Here are some strategies I have found effective with our clients, and my own children. You are the customer. Whether your child attends a public school (you pay …

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Five Strategies To Help Your Child Become More Successful In School

Note: This post was written by a guest author.   Strategy #1 You Understand Your Child Better Than Anyone Else. You are the most important person in your child’s life!  No one loves your child more than you.   While you may find it difficult to describe your child’s strengths and needs, you have the most insight into your child. When …

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