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Parent cliques: how to handle them at your child's school

What to do when you feel left out of the "in" crowd at your child's school? Follow the advice of the experts: moms and dads who've been in the trenches and made it work.

California’s most improved school districts 2012: Spotlight on Whittier

What makes a whole school district improve? Any superintendent will tell you it’s not easy. So when we calculated how high this California district has risen in just three years, we had to find out why.

What parents don't know about school violence

By law, schools are required to report violent incidents and states are required to make that information public. Few states are following this mandate.

My 17-Year-Old Doesn't Want to Go to School

My son who is 17 does not want to go to school. He comes up with all kinds of excuses. He won't do the assignments given by teachers. He distracts others. He is breaking his mother's heart and stressing us to the max. What should...

How Can I Get My Teen To Go to School?

I am a single mother of two and my teenage son will not go to school! He is on truancy probation with the county, and he still won't go. I don't know what to do anymore and I don't want to lose my job or...

How Do I Help My Freshman Focus on School?

My son is a freshman this year and I can't get him focused on school and studying. He is always on the defensive. He tells me I nag him too much about school and homework. He was always a good student in grade school and...

How Can I Motivate My Teen to Get Interested in School?

My daughter has been mentioning lately to me that she does not feel motivated to go to school this semester. This sounds strange to me. She does not do some of her assignments or participate as expected in the classroom either. She also said that...

Umoja's children

Tales of surprising success from at-risk high schoolers in Chicago.

Transition to Work: Helping Teens Prepare for Typical Employer Questions

For young adults with learning disabilities, answering an employer's questions about learning difficulties takes self-awareness and preparation. Learn how to get ready for that conversation!

Can MySpace be good for kids?

As kids continue to flock to sites like MySpace, and the backlash from parents and the media fades, it's time to take a fresh look at social networking.