My Turn

Connecting Our Youth with U.S. History in D.C.

Learning about history—whether it is about self, family, community or country—can be a supercharge for anyone, especially for children. It nurtures self-confidence and instills...

Embracing the Zigzags

By Meg Edson Beauty is inside out, and we should embrace our differences.   Those wise words came from my cat, Zeph, who is the subject...

The Right Tools Can Lead More People to Read: Children Who Read Early Become...

By Brittany Selah Lee-Bey Reading is a powerful tool that allows us to learn something new, visit faraway places and experience new adventures. It expands...

Inside Job: The Elegance of the Personal Essay

By Jonetta Rose Barras Mention the personal essay and immediately minds flash back, or maybe forward, to college admission applications. It seems forever imprisoned inside...
Patricia Velkoff

My Turn: Never the Right Numbers

By Patricia Velkoff What is lost when young people become too focused on numeric feedback? Here in Northern Virginia, a number of the high school...
A woman with short red hair and a dark suit smiles at the camera.

My Turn: What is “Shadow Education”?

You may have come across the term “shadow education” while researching tutoring options for your child or while flipping through an education magazine, but...
Alex Nysmith

Education Across the Generations

  Many kids have fond memories of their grandmother coming to visit, baking cakes for birthdays or babysitting when their parents went away. I certainly...
David C. Miller My Turn

Reflections Along a Fatherhood Journey

Growing up, I marveled over my father’s puritan work ethic, deep commitment to our family and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of...
Cheryl MaGuire twins

Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom of Twins

  Admitting I’m a mom to twins usually elicits a myriad of questions: Who was born first? Are they identical? How do you manage? People are...
Becky A. Gardner and family

Parent You Should Know: Becky A. Gardner

  Becky Gardner’s photography journey began with a few community college classes after her son Henry was born in 2011. In seeking something fun and...