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Could Success By Design Solve Teaching Crisis?

The staff at Shamrock Gardens seems to think so.  Our partner, Rachel Hunt, was with a delegation of NC legislators, NC Superintendent Mark Johnson and the Hunt Institute who spent a morning at Shamrock Gardens Elementary last week to observe an "Opportunity Culture" called "Success by Design" in the classrooms and from the mouths of administration and staff.  The experience

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Education|Comments Off on Could Success By Design Solve Teaching Crisis?

Attention Middle School Parents

If you have just found out that your eighth grade student is not doing his homework do not ignore it. I have been in conversation with three sets of parents in the past two weeks with this exact situation. These boys are from middle and upper middle class households with two parents. They have performed very well in school until

By |October 9th, 2016|Categories: Education|Comments Off on Attention Middle School Parents

Have You Written a Money Letter to Your Children?

Here is yet another thing we may have forgotten to do for our children - write them a money letter. The key points are:  heed your ignorance, beware of genius, stick to your selling plans and budgets are about values.  All of this is common sense to parents but not necessarily to our children.  So, sit down and write what

By |June 18th, 2016|Categories: Education|Comments Off on Have You Written a Money Letter to Your Children?

Student Assignment Goals Approved

The CMS school board met at Butler High on April 26th to discuss the student assignment goals, which were approved. District staff and hired consultants will use the student assignment goals and guiding principles to develop potential changes to the current CMS student-assignment plan. Any changes would take effect no sooner than the 2017-2018 school year.  This decision gives families

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: Education|Comments Off on Student Assignment Goals Approved

CMS Sets Student Assignment Goals

CMS is continuing to struggle with how to improve low-performing schools while simultaneously addressing families' fears of losing their neighborhood schools. The following school assignment goals were approved at Tuesday's school board meeting. These goals will provide a framework on which all school assignments will be based.   Goals: 1.     Provide choice and promote equitable access to varied and viable

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: Education|Comments Off on CMS Sets Student Assignment Goals

Preschooler Play or Academics: What is most important?

My neighbor asked me if she should start teaching her two-year daughter to write her name.  I was surprised to hear this question and had to think about how to respond without offending her.  Luckily I had just visited the website for the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), in preparation for a class lecture I was

By |March 12th, 2016|Categories: Education|Comments Off on Preschooler Play or Academics: What is most important?