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MOST RECENT: Expectations: Great Ones and Not So Great Ones

Posted on 09/07/2021, by Dr. Ellen Fithian to Parents of 7th and 8th Graders, Parents of 9th Graders, Parents of 10th Graders, Parents of 11th Graders, Parents of 12th Graders

Expectations: Great Ones and Not So Great Ones

The beginning of a new school year is a great time to reflect on your expectations for your teenagers’ academic achievements. In the world of education, conventional wisdom holds that high parental expectations are positively associated with school success, and I tend to agree with that generalization, but tread carefully. Not all expectations are great ones. 

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Zoom School: What’s Missing

Posted on 11/09/2020, by Dr. Ellen Fithian to Parents of 7th and 8th Graders, Parents of 9th Graders, Parents of 10th Graders, Parents of 11th Graders, Parents of 12th Graders

Zoom School: What’s Missing

When school is online, kids miss a lot.

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Covid Summer: How to Salvage It

Posted on 05/24/2020, by Dr. Ellen Fithian to Parents of 7th and 8th Graders, Parents of 9th Graders, Parents of 10th Graders, Parents of 11th Graders, Parents of 12th Graders

Covid Summer: How to Salvage It

With many activities cancelled, how can teens salvage the summer?

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Critical Questions for Virtual School

Posted on 05/01/2020, by Dr. Ellen Fithian to Parents of 7th and 8th Graders, Parents of 9th Graders, Parents of 10th Graders, Parents of 11th Graders, Parents of 12th Graders

Critical Questions for Virtual School

What are the expectations and grading policies for online school?

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Coronavirus Closings: Now What?

Posted on 03/23/2020, by Dr. Ellen Fithian to Parents of 7th and 8th Graders, Parents of 9th Graders, Parents of 10th Graders, Parents of 11th Graders, Parents of 12th Graders

Coronavirus Closings: Now What?

With schools closed, what should families be doing?

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