Engaging Parents to Engage the Kids

This past March, I facilitated a day-long series of activities for parents as part of the annual GEAR UP Alliance Institute for a College-Going Culture here in Louisville, an event that draws some 800 educators, parents and students from throughout Kentucky to learn...

Teacher Visits Bridge Relationships between Home and School

Schools across the United States have opened their doors to kick off a new school year.  Teachers and administrators have engaged in professional development to revise procedures and protocols in hopes of making this next school year even better than the last. In...

A Sense of Agency and Creation Through the Arts

In my post Why Support the Arts? I noted six points summarized from an article “Willingham: Six Practical Reasons Why Arts Education is Not a Mere Luxury” (Washington Post, November 23, 2009) by cognitive scientist Dan Willingham. Development psychologist Jerry...

Do The Arts Make Kids Smarter?

Study after study have shown that where the arts are prevalent in a school’s curriculum—surprise!—test scores rise. In a recent article in Parenting magazine, Nancy Kalish discusses Why Art Makes Kids Smarter .  She notes several different sources and research that...

Multiple Expectations for the Role of School Leader

School leaders answer to a number of audiences, each of which holds different expectations.  District leaders want well-run schools that meet their academic targets, have positive learning environments and satisfied parents: their expectations are that principals will...