Education: Middle School

“Letter of Concern” for Education, Sept. 2013


“A labyrinth of disconnected and poorly conceived reforms” is how Williamson County School Superintendent Mike Looney describes the current situation being played out in education right now in Tennessee.

Common Core: What You Should Know


Following three years of implementation, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will take full effect in Tennessee next year when new PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Assessments for math and English are given to students in grades 3  – 11, replacing the TCAP tests in those subjects. Many parents still… Read more »

Arts Education for Kids


Whether it’s visual art, music, dance or drama, the arts do much to nurture creativity and imagination in children. The following local institutions offer arts education for kids: Belmont Academy 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 460-6346 • Operated under the Belmont University College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Academy offers private instruction for all… Read more »

Back to Teachers! Help Your Child Develop a Good Relationship


As the school year approaches, moms and dads try to take care of every little thing in preparation for the first day of school (supplies, outfits, lunch ideas) but one thing is often overlooked: Your child’s solid relationship to his teacher. Creating a good relationship with a teacher goes way back to the idea of… Read more »

Weekends & Homework … Yuck!


Homework, shmomework! But it’s gotta get done, right? What do you do when your kid has a lot of homework on the weekend like studying for a big math test on Monday or finally getting together that project for history class? Ann Dolin, author of Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework… Read more »

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