The 10 Test Prep / Application Commandments

What follows are suggestions of how to navigate the test prep and application process for you and your child. There is no such thing as a perfected, uniform approach, but these tips can certainly act as a brief guide of how to help you maintain your sanity, and how to help students of all ages achieve their potential as applicants.

7 Unique Ways to Manage Back to School Clutter

Perhaps you still haven’t completely sorted through last year’s end-of-school clutter. Now you’re faced with the task of renegotiating new supply lists and finding a way to organize it all. Don’t worry! We’ve compiled several unique suggestions for simplifying the process and securing a smooth transition overall.

Dear Amanda: To Enrich or Not to Enrich?

Dear Amanda is an elementary school teacher and parent of two school age children who provides honest and straightforward advice geared toward all things education. Here’s the twist: she will answer your question as a parent as well as a teacher. These two opinions, while different, can provide a refreshing take on topics we care […]

Adoption 101: Online Class Re-cap

We recently held an amazing new class – Adoption 101 – expertly facilitated by Katie Foley, MSW, and Associate Director of Outreach at Spence-Chapin – also our generous sponsor. For those in our community who are considering adoption among the various pathways to parenthood, Katie provided a rich overview of the current landscape of international […]

The Buddy Bench

As a parent of a kindergartner, I get a lot of emails from my son’s school. These messages are pretty routine, but I recently received one that really made me smile. The message described the Buddy Bench, which is a bench on the school playground that you can sit on if you need someone to […]