Category: Parents

Parents, I know first-hand the importance of preschool

I was a young, first-time mother when my eldest daughter turned four. I knew nothing about preschool and its importance, or anything about how to go about finding a school and enrolling her. I grew up in Mexico and never attended preschool myself. Most of the other young mothers I knew didn’t send their children to preschool and hadn’t attended…

Coffee Break: These community organizers believe #10outof10 students can have access to a high-quality school—with parents leading the way

Even before the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2018, the voices of those who have been ignored, drowned out and silenced by the powerful and elite have steadily increased their volume. From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and #Enough, underrepresented groups are shaping a new narrative and demanding a space to be heard. If the founders of Transform Education Now (TEN)…

We Need to Teach the Behaviors We Value

As a mother of teenage boys and an educator of young children, I recognize the many developmental differences between the children I teach and the children I parent. But the effects of suspension and expulsion are virtually the same. Last December, my 13-year-old son was asked to leave his private school.  The tangled combination of his Attention Deficit Disorder, social-emotional…