Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

SchoolFamily.com/PTO Today

  • Scrip Fundraising in the Digital AgeMarch 2016

    Scrip fundraising offers lots of digital choices these days, from reloadable cards to online ordering to paying with a smartphone app right in the store. Learn more about how to create a convenient program that works for your school's parents.

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  • 11 Ideas to Get Your School ReadingJanuary 2016

    PTO groups can help make reading a life-long passion by supporting fun reading events. Here are ideas to jumpstart events at your school.

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  • School Snack Rules: How Are PTOs Coping? October 2015

    Federal Smart Snacks legislation went into effect last year. Many schools have robust wellness policies in place and aren't affected, but others have had to give up valuable fundraising. Here's a snapshot of what's going on around the nation.

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  • Are Video Games Good for Kids?July 2015

    Do you sometimes wish video games would dry up and disappear? Turns out there are surprising benefits that contribute to kids' learning. But the key is moderation.

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  • How To Motivate Your Child in SchoolJune 2015

    We all wish our kids were naturally motivated to do their best in school. But motivation can't be forced. Tips for engaging your child.

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  • How Peer Pressure Affects Your ChildApril 2015

    We think other kids pressure our kids into doing things they shouldn't do. But that's not quite how it works.

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  • Why are Boys Lost in the School Shuffle?February 2015

    Boys have fallen behind their female classmates for myriad reasons. The picture is complex and individual to each boy, but generalizations can be made, including differences in male and female brains, increased academics at younger ages, less tolerance for active “boy” behavior, and boys disengaging if they start to feel stupid or can’t relate to class content.

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  • Common Core Assessment Testing: What Parents Should KnowJanuary 2015

    The new Common Core assessments are rolling out across the nation this spring (2015). Here's what schools are doing to help kids get ready.

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  • Making Your Playground Fun for AllOctober 2014

    Spending time on the school playground teaches kids skills they'll benefit from for life. Here's what experts say enhances kids' experience.

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  • Slow Down School NightsOctober 2014

    Families are busy with homework and activities, sometimes too busy. Here's why downtime and connecting with Mom and Dad are key to a child's wellbeing.

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  • Setting Goals for Student SuccessJuly 2014

    It's all too easy for parents to micromanage kids' school lives. Here's how to help your child set goals and develop good habits without taking over their process.

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  • Connecting Learning to the Real WorldJuly 2014

    For kids to keep their love of learning alive, it’s important for them to connect their academics to their lives outside the classroom. Here's how parents can help.

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  • How PTOs Make Their School Music Programs SingApril 2014

    School budgets have been hit hard in the last few years. Parent groups have stepped up to bridge the funding gap so kids can have music anyway. Here's what some groups are doing.

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  • A Balanced DayJanuary 2014

    Kids need balance in their day, including good nutrition, exercise, and limits on screen time. Simple steps for getting there.

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  • Standards-Based Grading: What Parents Need to Know November 2013

    If you're confused about the symbols on your child's report card, you're not alone. Here's what they mean.

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