Kids & Family

08/10/2017 - 2:12pm
There is a lot of help available for kids today who are facing social or academic issues. Some of it is good, even life-changing; but some of it is ineffective, or worse. Parents want the best for their children, but don’t want to overreact. When should a parent seek help for their child, where can they get it, and how should they choose? Capitol Hill learning specialist Colleen Buchanan, who has helped hundreds of children overcome academic obstacles, urges parents to not be afraid to... >>more
08/10/2017 - 1:12pm
I have spent over 30 years as an educator and administrator in traditional private schools, serving diverse communities of students and families. With dedicated faculty and extensive resources, these and many other schools do their best to help each and every student find and pursue their unique vision for success.  Amid legislation, standardized tests, faculty needs, board initiatives, capital campaigns, and facilities management, it’s easy to lose sight of how best to support... >>more
08/09/2017 - 2:24pm
We don’t just hand the car keys to a kid and expect that they will know the rules of the road and how to be safe behind the wheel. Yet that’s what we seem to have done with the Internet. Sure, we have parental blocks of certain sites and screen time limits when they’re little, but those restrictions are pretty much gone by the time they are in their tweens. But the ramifications of handing over the keys too soon to free roaming the internet can be just as costly as handing... >>more
08/09/2017 - 1:12pm
With all the school options our city offers, how should parents determine what will work best for their children? In addition to private schools, the District of Columbia offers two types of free public schools to its citizens. District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is the default option for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each street address has assigned to it an elementary, middle, and high school in which students can enroll at any time of the school year. The other public... >>more
01/20/2017 - 11:25am
Choosing a private school is a lot like finding a mate. There are the must-haves -- a good personality match, a mutual attraction, and then there are the ideal extras. There are the things you know you want, and then there are unexpected qualities that are surprisingly appealing. The courting process is also similar. You find a potential mate, get to know each other, and hope that there’s a mutual attraction. There are even like paths toward meeting interesting prospects. There’s... >>more
01/20/2017 - 10:19am
The first half of the District of Columbia 2016-2017 public school year is over.  Traditional public schools and public charter schools have issued report cards and hosted parent-teacher conferences.  Parent-teacher conferences usually provide parents roughly 15 minutes – yes, 15 minutes -- to listen to teacher observations, review some student work, then share all their questions and concerns about their children’s academic and social development.  Did your parent-... >>more
01/14/2017 - 11:41am
Helping at a 2016 summer camp for disabled children, Eastern High School student Kaheri Gyenyame, a senior and Ward 4 resident, realized doctors and nurses make up only part of the career options in the medical field. Gyenyame traveled with hospital staff and worked with children as a part of her six-week internship through MedStar Health’s Prescription for Success partnership program with Georgetown University Hospital and Eastern High School’s Health and Medical Science’s... >>more
08/11/2016 - 11:17am
Falling rain splashes against one black and one pink umbrella. Five students in grades 9 to 12 stand in front of the black slab of granite stone, studying the nearly 60,000 etched names of Americans lost in the Vietnam War. On this overcast day in May, the memorial acts as the classroom for the students Blyth-Templeton Academy (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). The students in the Writers Craft class had just finished reading Tim O’Brien’s book “The Things They Carried,” and... >>more
08/11/2016 - 10:12am
Three and four year olds at Brent Elementary (301 North Carolina Ave. SE) dabble with watercolors and magic markers. No teacher tells them how to uncap the marker or explains the correct ratio of water to paint — they learn through their own trial and error. Across the Hill, preschoolers at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School (138 12th St. NE) sit in small groups to learn new songs and read aloud. A teacher guides them through the lesson — still allowing them to... >>more