Alternatives to Grade-level Retention

January 19, 2014 · Posted In: Education, Family, HerFamily

Retaining (or flunking) students who have not mastered the skills and content of a specific grade level in school is not a recommended practice, yet this “solution” keeps popping up—most recently as a legislative initiative. […]

Test-Takers or Learners?

October 26, 2013 · Posted In: Education, Family, HerFamily

Hopefully by now all parents of Nebraska public school children have received the results of the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) test. This test—which covers reading, writing, and math (and science for older students)—provides a specific […]

Decisions, Decisions

August 16, 2013 · Posted In: Education, Family, HerFamily, Parenting

Jobs of the future will require more skill and training than the jobs of today—this puts additional pressure on schools to innovatively prepare students. Given the multitude of complex social, political, and economic issues of […]

Finding a Summer Tutor

June 20, 2013 · Posted In: Education, Family, HerFamily, Lifestyle, Parenting

As a parent of three kids, I know the challenge of helping my own children with their homework—especially if they are really struggling. Even though I spent years as a classroom teacher, my own children […]