Depending on the laws of your state, you may need to keep detailed homeschool records and, in some areas, report them to your school district regularly. Read on to learn more about record keeping for homeschooling families.Read Full Story
If your child has a disability, you can request an IEP -- a document that outlines the special education services he or she will receive. The IEP process seems daunting, but it's very important to get involved and advocate for your child's special needs.Read Full Story
For those very involved in the community, it can be hard to say no. It can be hard not to be involved. When you are passionate and informed, as so many of us are, it can be easy to get in over your head in the volunteer circuit and it can be hard to say no to new requests for your efforts. But sometimes you have to say no. And it’s okay.Read Full Story
School-related volunteering is one of the first ways many moms get involved in their communities. They are terrific! Schools could not function without them in many instances. But they are also just the start. You can engage in school-related volunteering through school councils, booster clubs, school service groups and educational foundations. Look beyond the PTA.Read Full Story
She’s there at every PTA meeting -- sitting on the opposite side, literally and figuratively. She’s giving you the stink eye...or so you think. Every position you take, every suggestion you make, she takes the opposite position or makes a contrary suggestion. You two are like oil and water. It makes your community volunteering uncomfortable at times. It inspires not-so-nice comments and retorts to go zipping around your head (but hopefully not out of your mouth!). Congratulations, you have a nemesis.Read Full Story
None of us lives in a vacuum. Whether you live in the big city or deeply rural, you are part of a community -- one that hopefully enriches your life and your family’s life. That enrichment doesn’t happen without some level of involvement by members of your community -- including you.Read Full Story
Education is always a good resolution to have for the new year. And sometimes a little brush-up is needed, whether it's to stay up-to-date on the current trends in your industry or to make yourself more attractive to potential employers. While many universities and colleges are now offering professional studies classes (classes designed for working adults), there's still a better (and cheaper) way: learning online. Unless you absolutely need to a certificate or diploma in the end, these online courses are a great way to plump your resume and learn something new and interesting in 2011.Read Full Story
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