Articles by Dr. Jorgenson
Article written by Dr. Olaf Jorgenson of Almaden Country Day School, Alona Scott of Keys School, and Eric Feron Niles of The Athenian School as featured in Independent School Magazine.
Schools like mine center on the belief that every child is important, and that children are living manifestations of our hope for the future.
Dr. Jorgenson offers a reason you might not have considered
"Supporting Heads: Sustaining a Flourishing Leadership Partnership"
What is the role of homework? How much is enough – or too much? What is a parent's role in a child's homework?
Ask Silicon Valley parents what they want for their children, and the answer will be some variation of the familiar cousins, happiness and success.
The Common Core debate rages nationwide. Critics and supporters spout conflicting opinions about the new education standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
How to Gauge the "Value Added" by an Independent School Education
Part of the problem is that in our determination to shape children who are happy and feel good about themselves, we're praising them too much, and for the wrong things.
A few suggestions to help build a strong partnership with your child's school
We cannot reasonably expect children to exhibit enlightened traits and demonstrate civil discourse (or common courtesy) unless they practice these behaviors, and see them modeled by the important adults in their lives.
Value-added assessment model could be a win-win solution.
In schools, there's a stark contrast between the needs and preferences of digital learners and the "typical" classroom experience they have each day.
In middle school is when many of our children assume their identities as learners and discover their gifts in the various intelligences.
How can parents counter negative media influences and cultivate wholesome, productive social awareness in our children?
The point of homework and projects is for students to practice skills, reinforce concepts, conduct research, shape work habits, and so forth. When parents do the work, they nullify skill development for their children.
There are many factors to consider when deciding if your child is ready for kindergarten
Our nation doesn't put nearly enough emphasis on our children's elementary school preparation, as becomes evident in times of financial peril.
Some parents view text messaging, social networking, video gaming and Internet surfing as harmless modern replacements for the distractions and time-wasting behaviors of our own childhoods. But as evidence mounts, this increasingly appears an ignorant and shortsighted perspective.
Many parents may not be aware of the serious risks posed by so-called "energy drinks" that teenagers, and increasingly children, are consuming in staggering volumes.
How can parents determine what constitutes a great school for their children?
Your children are going to hear about drugs, alcohol and premarital sex – and likely be tempted to learn more – and you have a choice.
While bullying and harassment have always posed troubling and even life-changing trauma in a child's path to adulthood, never before have our children been exposed and vulnerable to the degree of torment, humiliation, threats, and pain as in our interactive Internet and digital age makes possible.
Raising healthy children is a goal for every parent I've met in the Almaden Valley, and a genuine preoccupation for many of us.
"Bully." Few words raise a parent's blood pressure faster – whether our child is the victim of bullying, or alleged to be victimizing others. Bullying is a hot topic today and it seems to be more widespread than ever. What is bullying, and what can parents do to prevent it?
It is unclear that high school exit exams have a meaningful impact on the quality of our graduates, for a variety of reasons.
Research shows that during the long, lazy days of summer, children who aren't encouraged to read experience the "Summer Slide," a measurable drop in reading and learning skills that has been documented in several major recent studies.
There are a number of steps parents can take to minimize the first day jitters, while preserving all the eagerness and anticipation and enabling a successful beginning to the school year.
The foundation for a happy adulthood is built in childhood. You may be surprised to discover what leads to adult happiness — and what does not.
The legacy of too much testing and educational budget cuts.
"Involved parenting" takes on a new meaning today, as the pressures of middle and upper-middle class society create a hyper-competitive environment for childrearing that has replaced fun and exploration with skill acquisition in a constantly monitored "safe" environment. What happened to the carefree ideal of childhood (that many parents might even remember firsthand)?