For the first time in America, children are worse off than they were two decades ago. It’s a fact. As a mom, this hit home for me 5 years ago, when I watched and grieved alongside my daughter in the aftermath of her horrifying experience with sexual assault. … Read More8.9.2016 / Heidi Ganahl
To create positive change in your child's school and education:
- Find out what’s going on at school, and be accountable as an involved parent.
- Ask questions, learn about academic standards and performance, and advocate change at the school level.
- Find out about school reform groups in your area to see if they offer resources or ways to get involved.
- Bring the message of school reform to other parents, and ask them to get involved.
- Exercise your power of choice.
These are the facts...
Common to all forms of education reform is the idea that small changes in education can have large social impact. As a nation, our students' scores speak to the need for education reform: Scores from the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) also known as The Nation’s Report Card: Math – 35% of 8th grade students proficient; Reading – 36% of 8th grade students proficient. According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranks 27th in math, 17th in reading, 20th in science. Ironically, the U.S. spends more per student than other countries on education, but does not show better student performance.
Bethany Drosendahl of Your Open Gate (and a Colorado mom) discusses data privacy in schools – from something as seemingly simple as a school directory to your child’s health records (and so much more) is included in the ‘data footprint’ that is created for every single child in… Read More6.20.2016 / Heidi Ganahl
This past October 2015, I proudly launched Moms Fight Back — a Colorado non-profit, which is focused intently on those most difficult issues confronting our children, our families, and our neighborhoods today. For me, the impetus to create Moms Fight Back was extremely personal – it was a… Read More4.18.2016 / Heidi Ganahl
Moms Fight Back is proud to feature a very special charity this month, Book Trust: Book Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children from low-income families to choose and own books, inspiring a passion for reading and cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning…. Read More2.20.2016 / Heidi Ganahl
“Parental involvement in the classroom is a key factor in improving students’ academic performance,” (According to an article by Oprah.com.) These findings are backed by decades of Department of Education research. Working and stay-at-home parents alike are realizing the need to be involved in their child’s education. The challenge… Read More2.26.2015 / Heidi Ganahl