Principal's post: Why we need risk to grow?

Principal's post: Why we need risk to grow?

What I love about Kindergartners is that they are natural risk takers. They go for it! Many times I’ve observed a Kindergarten teacher asking questions of his students, and it goes something like this: “What state do we live in?” he might ask, and suddenly just about every hand is up. “Oooh, Oooh, pick me! Pick me!” several students shout, even though they know they just need to raise their hand. When the teacher calls on one child, she confidently says, “Egypt!”

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Educator Insights: Nurturing a Love of Reading in Children

Educator Insights: Nurturing a Love of Reading in Children

Many of our schools are using ParentSquare to establish a better connection with families by posting personal stories and insights in addition to logistical details.  In this post from one of our schools, a staff member shares a touching story about her father and how he nurtured her love for reading.  It is very sweet and such a great reminder that educators are not the only teachers . . . . 

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Educator Insights: Mr. B's Habit of the Week - Be Observant

Educator Insights: Mr. B's Habit of the Week - Be Observant

During our Webinar, 7 Habits for Building a Highly Engaged Parent Community, our featured speaker Bob shared tips for engaging his parent community that he has successfully implemented at his School.  One of his best practices is "Mr. B's Habit of the Week", a leadership message that he sends to his parent community to stay connected and improve engagement. We will feature some of his posts that he sends out on ParentSquare as part of our Educator Insights series.

This week's habit is: Be Observant!

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Educator Insights: The Art of Using Praise

Educator Insights: The Art of Using Praise

We all want our children to feel good about themselves and it is often our first instinct to say things like “Good job!” or “You’re so smart!”  Research suggests, however, that we should choose our words more carefully and that praise of this sort can actually be harmful.  

A principal posted the following video on ParentSquare to share this concern with parents at her school.  We thought you would enjoy it too!

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Educator Insights: The Habits of Caring and Citizenship

Educator Insights: The Habits of Caring and Citizenship

Principals are frequently a source of inspiration for families at their schools.  Some do this quietly in their daily interactions with students, parents and staff.  Others do it publicly during assemblies and PTA meetings.  When we’re lucky, however, they do it in writing on ParentSquare!

Mr. B is one such principal - his weekly parent updates include both school news and a “habit of the week.” 

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Educator Insights: Advice for Conflict Resolution on the Playground

Educator Insights:  Advice for Conflict Resolution on the Playground

Educator Insights are real stories shared by our schools on ParentSquare.

We love when our schools graciously teach the whole family in their quest to educate the child. Sometimes parents don’t get involved because they feel ill equipped for the task.  This can often be remedied when educators share their wisdom.  Do not miss this beautifully written response (at Santa Barbara Charter School - one of our ParentSquare schools) to a concern that many parents share when engaging with children who are not their own.

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