The Balancing Act's Parent Teacher Corner

The Learning First Alliance and some of our members have joined forces with Lifetime's The Balancing Act.

On The Parent Teacher Corner we address some of the most important issues in public education today, including parent engagement, technology and bullying. We offer valuable information that parents, educators, business and other stakeholders can use in the quest to improve public education in our country.

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October 16, 2012: Dr. Don Knezek, former CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education joins Laureen Hungo Brady and Dr. Kevin T. Brady of the American Institute for History Education to discuss how we can use technology to inspire students to learn history.

September 11, 2012: Dr. Dan Domenech, Executive Director American Association of School Administrators and Gloria DeGaetano, Founder-Director of the Parent Coaching Institute talk about helping parents insure academic success for their children through evidence-based parent coaching methodologies that help nurture “authentic participation.”

May 30, 2012: National Association of Secondary School Principals President Ken Griffith and Zoe Mailloux, Executive Director of Education & Research at Pediatric Therapy Network, discuss how dynamic, flexible furniture and natural environments can help boost a healthy balance between mind and body as part of a special episode of The Balancing Act focused on the dream school of the future. (Initially aired April 24)

May 8, 2012: The Association for Middle Level Education's Adell Atwood joins Dr. Ron Larson, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University and author of the Big Ideas Math Series, to talk about how the Common Core State Standards will improve math education in the United States.

May 8, 2012: National Association of Elementary School Principals President Rob Monson, American Association of School Administrators Executive Director Dan Domenech and Judy Nee, Executive Vice-President of AlphaBest Education, talk about the importance of after-school education programs.

May 8, 2012: American Association of School Administrators Executive Director Dan Domenech and Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education John Mergendoller discuss how project based learning can help engage students from kindergarten through high school.

April 24, 2012: As part of a special episode of The Balancing Act focused on the dream school of the future, Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, and Dottie Coven, Chief Strategic Officer at Tech Innovation, offer a look at a digital curriculum.

April 24, 2012: On a special episode of The Balancing Act, representatives of several Learning First Alliance member organizations join with corporate sponsors to talk about the dream school of the future. See the opening segment.

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April 20, 2012: National Association of Elementary School Principals President Rob Monson joins Connie Medina of Teacher Created Materials to talk about summer learning loss and simple strategies to help minimize it.

April 17, 2012: National Association of Secondary School Principals President Ken Griffith joins Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) President Jan Withers to discuss how parents can address the issue of alcohol with their children.

April 10, 2012: American Association of School Administrators Executive Director Dan Domenech shares the signs that indicate that a child should be evaluated for autism, and Beverly Braman and Susan Catlett discuss their program Autism in Action, which offers educators and parents support in working with children with autism.

February 21, 2012: Learning First Alliance Executive Director Cheryl Scott Williams and WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein talk about the possible impact of the Common Core State Standards on education and explore how elementary school teachers can teach writing in a way that meets these new, higher standards.

 

January 17, 2012: Rob Monson, President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, joins Elise Ruiz-Ramon from Madcap Logic to talk about the importance of including the arts in education.

January 17, 2012: Association of School Business Officials International Executive Director John Musso and Hertz Furniture CEO & Owner Saul Wagner discuss how school furnishings can impact learning and the importance of well-designed classrooms.

November 15, 2011: International Society for Technology in Education CEO Don Knezek and Funds for Learning President Cathy Cruzan talk about the importance of the internet in learning and how the federal E-Rate program helps schools get connected.

September 28, 2011: International Society for Technology in Education CEO Don Knezek and American Association of School Administrators Executive Director Dan Domenech join Bonnie Louque of Triumph Learning for a discussion on the role of technology in education.

September 13, 2011: American Association of School Administrators Executive Director Dan Domenech and Dr. Hudson Garrett from Nice-Pak Products discuss the impact of colds and flus on schools and share tips to prevent the spread of these and other infectious diseases.

September 13, 2011: National Association of Elementary School Principals President Rob Monson and Association for Middle Level Education President Joan Jarrett join Candace Hackett Shively of TeachersFirst.com at the Source for Learning to talk about how parents can get involved in their children's education.

August 18, 2011: NASSP President-Elect Denise Wilkinson-Green and Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics explore health issues in our schools with a special eye on Meningococcal Disease, including what it is and how it can affect school-age children who might be at a higher risk for contracting it. Meningococcal disease can be debilitating and can sometimes lead to a deadly bacterial infection, so it’s important for parents to be vigilant and talk to their doctors about how they can help possibly prevent it.

August 2, 2011: National Middle School Association (now the Association for Middle Level Education) Board Member Mike Muir and TrueCare Advisor/"Safety Mom" Alison Rhodes join a discussion on the dangers of cyber bullies, sexting, and predators, offering both parents and schools tips on helping their children navigate social media.

April 19, 2011: Since Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson Parish Public Schools and Cisco have been working together to provide New Orleans area students a cutting edge education that includes new technology.

January 2011: Pearson Foundation President Mark Neiker and National Middle School Association Author, Speaker and Consultant Sharon Faber talk about the importance of reading and promote the Pearson Foundation's We Give Books Initiative. You can read hundreds of books on-line at www.WeGiveBooks.org and the Pearson Foundation will donate a book to a child in need for each story you share with a child.

December 7, 2010: NMSA President Joan Jarrett and NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn share tips on helping kids develop healthy eating habits, mental well-being and physical fitness.

December 7, 2010: Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh and NMSA Consultant Judith Baenen discuss the importance of professional development for k-12 educators and how parents and community members can advocate for it.

December 7, 2010: Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh and NMSA Consultant Judith Baenen discuss what makes an effective teacher and how we can get one for each child.

November 30, 2010: How can we help our students keep up with technology? And why is it even important we do so? NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn and NMSA Consultant Christopher Toy talk about STEM and competitiveness.

November 23, 2010: How can you help your child become a better reader? National Association of Elementary School Principals President Barbara Chester and National Middle School Association Author, Speaker and Consultant Sharon Faber share tips parents can use to help their children succeed.

October 29, 2010: Is your child being bullied? Or perhaps he--or increasingly she--is a bully? National Association of Elementary School Principals President Barbara Chester and American School Counselor Association Board Member Stephanie LoBiondo offer guidance to parents on dealing with bullies at school.

October 19, 2010: Kids today are fascinated by technology. We in public education need to harness this interest and use it to improve our education system. American Association of School Administrators Executive Director Dan Domenech discusses how we can do so--and the challenges that we will face as we try.

September 8, 2010: Many schools successfully involve parents. It takes a bit more to really engage them. Learning First Alliance Acting Executive Director Anne O'Brien and National Association of Elementary School Principals President Barbara Chester talk about why parent engagement is important and share models of how some schools have done it.

The Balancing Act airs mornings from 7-8am Eastern on Lifetime.