As the national conversation over the Common Core State Standards continues to heat up, one non-profit and an indie filmmaker are hoping that their upcoming documentary will shed light on an issue that they believe is a largely unknown problem. The film Building the Machine is about how Common Core came to be and how […]

Every time someone regurgitates the talking point about how Common Core was “state led” you need to laugh out loud.   A barrage of news reports from states across the country underscore the growing discontent by students, parents, unions and legislators over the initial rollout of the Common Core, with a range of grievances from […]

Being at grade level is meaningful at any age, but third grade is the crucial year when students make the leap from learning to read to reading to learn. It’s an academic hurdle that, if missed, can leave kids in the proverbial dust, struggling through letter sounds as their more fluent peers gain new knowledge […]

Although children develop through a generally predictable sequence of milestones, we cannot say exactly when a child will reach each and every stage. Every child has his or her own timetable. By the end of the year, you can expect your child to: Begin to reason and concentrate Improve his ability to process information Improve […]

First grade is a crucial year for building reading skills. In 1st grade students begin to define themselves as what kind of readers they are. More specifically, research has shown that the most effective and successful 1st grade classrooms are those which are very positive places, encouraging reading and writing and conveying the message “You […]

Summer is here. This may be your little one’s last summer home. You can start by preparing him or her now with these steps. In this series of articles we will shed some light on what the National Standards of Education are as of 2011 and what it all means. The most common questions any […]

Nearly every state in the country has adopted these Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The idea behind CCSS is every high school graduate will have the knowledge and skills necessary for college and/or career readiness. If they meet these new high standards, they will be more competitive in today’s global economy. Read:Is Your Child Being […]