Making the Most of a Virtual College Visit 

If in-person campus tours will be virtual rather than real for this year’s soon-to-be-rising seniors, how can students get a true sense of the schools of their choice?  Colleges and universities have... Read more »

New Era of Holistic Criteria Is Good News for Applicants 

As a high school counselor here in Westchester County and owner of a college counseling business, I have been getting a lot of questions about what changes we will see on the... Read more »

No One Told Me There’d Be Math! 

Some  kids say, “I’m bad at math,” and some parents say it too. If you can manage your math anxiety, and do some modelling, you can help your child.   Model how you... Read more »


Billy Joel calls it “a lonely word.” “Everyone is so untrue,” he sings.   His meaning is romantic, and sorry if I wax pedantic, but it is hard to shake the feeling that Honesty is an endangered virtue.   I can... Read more »

Beyond the Classroom: It’s Time to Get Your Hands on Project-Based Learning 

When we see our children lagging behind learning standards, we react by lecturing and trying to complete skills checklists. The problem is that kind of deficit orientation pushes us further behind. Instead, an innovative,... Read more »

Stuff About Stuffing

Roasted bird with a side of specially flavored soft bread [which rules out matzoh] may have been the earliest precursor to Thanksgiving stuffing. Read more »

The Virgin Thanksgiving

On Dec 4, 1619, the good ship Margaret made landfall on the banks of the James River. With the men gathered around him, the captain said, “We do ordain that this day... Read more »

Reality TV of the Realest 

The realest kind of reality TV was seen in Croton-on-Hudson a couple weeks ago. Broadcast on the Zoom channel, it was a Community Conversation on Diversity & Inclusion in our Schools, hosted by the Croton-Harmon school district in alliance with the NYU Steinhardt Center for Strategic... Read more »

The Road to College: ‘Fall’ing in Line with College Planning

On the road to college, being proactive is crucial for students at any point along the journey. Amid uncertainty, this rings particularly true. The fall offers us an optimal time to check... Read more »

Cafecito Con … Ray Sanchez – Superintendente del Distrito Escolar de Ossining

The “Cafecito Con . . .”  (Coffee with…) interview series spotlights Latino leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners in the Rivertowns community, their stories, challenges and successes.  If you know someone we should... Read more »