May 3, 2018

When my children were small, we talked to them all the time. In the car, while they were in the stroller, while we ate dinner. We encouraged their responses and their questions. It's how my husband and I were raised, and we learn from our earliest role models, our pare...

December 30, 2016

It's been a while since I've written a blog post. That's because I have been busy writing for other publications. If you want to read some of my recent work, please check out the My Work page of my website. 

February 26, 2016


Almost everyone agrees that parents and schools should work together, that they are partners in creating successful students who are engaged learners. School administrators say it, most teachers believe it, and many parents try their very best to support their childre...

January 13, 2016

I’m a big supporter of public schools. I worked in public schools for 11 years – first as a classroom teacher, then as a specialist, then as the director of a program for parents of children ages birth to five. Public schools provide a quality education to all children...

December 9, 2015

The Chan-Zuckerberg Baby Announcement raised a lot of eyebrows. Some people are skeptical of the motives, and the fact that the initiative has been created as an LLC rather than a foundation has rubbed some people the wrong way. Personally, I think it’s a great idea.



November 11, 2015


Pretty much everyone in America agrees that our students spend too much time taking tests. The kids, the parents, the teachers, now even the President.


On October 24th, the U.S. Department of Education issued a statement that America’s school children are spending too...

November 4, 2015


“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”    - Oprah Winfrey


Books Are Wings is a Rhode Island-based nonprofit whose mission is t...

October 28, 2015


“My son is gifted at creative play – you should see the forts he builds in our living room!” When is the last time you heard a parent brag about his child’s play habits? Instead, here in America, parents emphasize early reading skills or mastery of math facts. We’ve b...

October 21, 2015


Should every student have the option of attending college? Our schools certainly operate under that premise: the whole purpose of the Common Core movement is to ensure that students graduate from high school with the skills necessary to attend college, should they cho...

October 14, 2015


A couple of weeks ago, 700,000 people used the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed to show support for 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed. Ahmed was falsely arrested and suspended from his Texas high school for bringing in a homemade clock, which his teachers mistook for a bomb. Since th...

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