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Cheating Has Become Epidemic In Our Schools

Cheating in school is an epidemic these days. Everywhere you look there is news about cheating incidents in high schools and universities. Students told ABC News that cheating in school is just a “dress rehearsal for life.” What’s going on? Let...


Everyone Is Accountable For Public Education

Public schools are a cornerstone of American democracy. Strong public schools provide our children with economic opportunity and the tools to participate in the civic life of a democratic nation. Everyone shares the responsibility for providing a...


We Should Want The Best For Every Child

Transylvania County Schools is an excellent traditional public school system. We have a long history of academic excellence and strong community support. I am proud to have been a part of Transylvania County Schools for 35 years, and consider myself...


Stop The Academic Skills Summer Slide!

School is out soon. Time to relax! But in the backs of our minds we all wonder: How can I make sure my kids don’t lose academic skills over the summer break? What is this Summer Slide I hear so much about? The truth is that all kids lose some...


Student-Athletes And The Risks Of Concussion

Sports-related concussions have been in the news a lot in the past few years. According to the CDC, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the...


How Do Civil Rights Laws Apply To Student

We have just celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, so it’s a great time to think about federal civil rights laws and how they apply to schools, colleges, and universities. The most important civil rights laws for educational...


IQ Tests Are Just One Measurement

We can thank the French government for IQ tests! Early in the 1900s, when universal education was mandated in France, Alfred Binet was commissioned to develop a test to identify children in need of special assistance in school. He came up with the...


Simple Steps To Improve A Child's Education

School has started and the Everyday Education column is back for another school year. Let’s start off this year thinking about all the things parents can do in just 15 minutes to improve their child’s educational experience. Here are 19 ideas:...


Tips To Put A Summer Reading Plan In Place

Summer vacation is almost here, so it’s time to get organized and make a plan for summer reading. We’ve all heard about summer reading loss, and the stories are true. Children who do not read during the summer lose significant ground in their...


Academic Challenge In County High Schools

What are the opportunities for academically challenging, rigorous course work at our local high schools? How can students take advantage of these opportunities? What do parents and students need to know? Both Brevard and Rosman high schools offer a...


Many Children Require Specific Therapies

Many children need speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy as they grow up. Sometimes these therapies are medical services ordered by a doctor. Often, though, therapies are offered at school to children with disabilities....


Routines That Support School Learning

It’s already 2015 and everyone is getting ready for the second semester at school. Are your children ready to learn? Children who are ready to learn are well-rested, fed, and dressed appropriately. They arrive at school on time, with completed...


We Must Celebrate Our Children's Gifts

Christmas is a season of celebration and joy, but it is also the time of year when we all focus on gifts. Let’s forget about material gifts for a moment, and think about the gifts that our children bring to their lives. One of the big problems...


AIG Program In Transylvania

Parents are often confused about the Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program. How do students get referred and selected for the program? What does the AIG program provide for identified students? What is the definition of a gifted student?...


Alternatives To Attending A Four-year College

During the last 20 years or so, Americans have come to believe that all students should aspire to a four-year college education, regardless of academic interest or proficiency. “You can be anything you want to be” is the message – even though...


How To Support Public Education This Year

Welcome to school year 2014/2015! Public education is what makes America special and strong. It’s what makes our democracy work and keeps the wheels of our economy turning. That big yellow school bus gives all children the opportunity to get an...


Help Children As School Year Winds Down

This school year is winding down and we’re looking ahead to the next one. What can busy parents do to support, guide, and encourage their children as they learn and explore at home and at school? How can parents significantly improve their... Full story


The Pros And Cons Of The Read To Achieve Program

By Alice Wellborn The Read to Achieve Program is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act, passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2012. Read to Achieve requires all traditional public school students, with a few exceptions, to read on... Full story


How To Have A Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

By Alice Wellborn Parent/teacher conferences are a powerful tool in establishing open lines of communication between parents and teachers. Open communication and joint problem-solving are the keys to a strong partnership between home and school....


Fairness And Equality Are Not The Same

Many students require educational support to be successful in school, and these educational supports are part of differentiated education. Fairness and equality are not always the same thing, and teachers who differentiate are working to help all... Full story


Celebrate Our Children's Gifts

Christmas is a season of celebration and joy, but it is also the time of year when we all focus on gifts. Let’s forget about material gifts for a moment, and think about the gifts that our children bring to their lives. One of the big problems... Full story


RtI: Three Tiers Help Students Succeed

Does your child have a Personal Education Plan (PEP)? Have you ever been invited to a Tier 3 meeting? Does your child receive enrichment services? Have you received reports from school that are full of numbers and graphs about your child’s... Full story


School Rules Reflect Work Place Rules

All school systems have disciplinary rules and procedures that are based on state and federal laws and local school board policies. In Transylvania County Schools, the purpose of the Code of Student Conduct is to keep our children safe and healthy... Full story


Volunteers Are Vital Educational Partners

In Transylvania County, we are lucky enough to live in a community with a strong commitment to children and education. Parents, grandparents, retirees, college students and local businesses make it a priority to support our local schools. One of the... Full story


You Can Make A Difference In Our Schools – Brevard NC

It’s a sad and scary time for North Carolinians who love public education and the promises it holds for children. In Transylvania County, we take those promises seriously. There are lots of ideas about how to advocate for public education on the... Full story


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