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Welcome to the 9th Grade.  Your child has entered this brave new world and you are excited and terrified.  You want the best for your child; an easy transition, friends, success in class.  But your... Read More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 3:05pm
There are national education grants for school systems to improve student success.  There are national neighborhood grants for districts to improve families’ economic success.  There are national... Read More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 9:17am
How does anyone manage to survive middle school years?  Problems loom large. Changes are traumatic.  Perception is EVERYTHING! United Way is running a community project of “Where am I now?”,... Read More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 11:44am
A children’s garden – such a sweet notion for such a big step for 5 year olds into the world of education!  Checking out kindergarten blogs and chats, the ones I found were by kindergarten teachers... Read More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 9:17am
The attached link to a Frontline program on middle school is worth the few minutes it takes to view it.  Before you watch it, consider this story of one young girl in New York City as translatable to... Read More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 3:26pm
Summer learning loss. It's the new buzz term for kids’ brain hibernation over the summer vacation. It happens a little bit to all students, but most significantly to those who have few opportunities... Read More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 5:00pm
Can One Passing Comment To a Child Really Make a Difference? In previous blogs I wrote about our community’s role in education for our youth, opportunities to be involved with young people in a... Read More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 9:15am
[Ann is on vacation this week.  Of course she wrote this well before she headed out - we are posting it on her behalf.]   A few months ago I wrote "Lessons From Local Youth" - letting you know about... Read More
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 2:07pm
Summer Learning Loss: Four ways kids approach summer vacation   It’s always interesting to me when an old topic takes on new urgency – as though it were a new phenomenon.  “Summer Learning Loss” is... Read More
Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:37pm
One of the questions posed to stakeholders in the Asheville City Schools strategic planning process is: How well does ACS prepare students with the skills they need to be successful in employment or... Read More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 8:48am