I am a public-school teacher and have been for the past 13 years. So much has changed in the world of education during my time in the classroom. Programs have come and gone, we have dabbled in the art of online teaching, social media has made everything more complicated, and we have increased our safety… Read More Paraeducators: The Unsung Heroes of Public Schools
School has ironically never been an area that my son’s ADHD and anxiety has caused him major struggles. Instead, he held it together all day, and then fell apart all night in the safety net of my home. Still, I called a 504 meeting for several reasons. First, I wanted it on the record that… Read More We Press On
You will make new friends. You will learn new things. You will listen to new stories. You will create. You will recite all the letters and count all the numbers. You will eat lunch in a gigantic cafeteria. You will play on the play scape at recess. You will laugh. You will cry. But most of all, you will be okay. And, so will I.… Read More A Letter to My Baby on the Eve of Kindergarten
Whatever 2018 brings (which I am sure will be more ups and downs – although hopefully more ups), nothing will be able to come close to the moment three weeks from now when Gavin gets his voice.… Read More 2018 Is Already Looking Brighter
It was not until my experience as a parent of school-aged children that I realized some of the greatest values of their educational journey were not in the academics, but in the Social Time.… Read More Back to School Observations: Social Time
If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes with me around IEP time, you know this process is the bane of my existence. It starts with a fundamental dismay that I must fight for my daughter to have the basic right to an education that my son will be granted without question. But that’s a post… Read More 4 Suggestions for a Better IEP Meeting
We started heading toward the front of the building when a school staff member looked at my son and shouted to us over a sea of children (who looked much larger than my five-year old), “Kindergartener?” I nodded yes, she motioned him forward, and off they went into the building … And my tears came. And they came.
… Read More I Survived My Child Going To Kindergarten (and you will too)
This mom’s frustration with her local school district just bowled me over completely. This is my client population: parents who are tired of being dismissed by their children’s educators as crazy, money-hungry, or power tripping. Parents of kids who burst into tears because a 30-minute homework assignment takes three hours. Parents who are ready to… Read More Parenting the Twice Exceptional Student: Advocacy Tips for Your Gifted Child with a Learning Disability
I have to be super stay-at-home-mom, not just regular great stay-at-home-mom. Just don’t make me stay at home…… Read More The Field Trip Mom
I had been focusing so much on my soon-to-be Kindergartener that I almost forgot about my soon-to-be second grader’s testing for gifted and talented services. In the rush this morning, I found a sealed envelope in my older daughter’s backpack. In it, I found the form letter explaining that my child is not eligible for services.… Read More Disappointment and Acceptance: My Kid Was Rejected for Gifted and Talented Services, Again.