A Happy Accidental Blast From My Past

Through a very circuitous route, I bumped into this article today.  It appeared almost 10 years ago and was a big deal for me as I was starting to make my transition out of the practice of law.  It also happened around the same time that I got married and started my family.  I love that the web is like a time capsule that I can extract ten years later “by accident.”  And who was it that knew that this was exactly the day that I needed to see that???  =)

business – Business Coach Tracy Thrower-Conyers.

Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation

Who are your kids friending on Facebook? What are they really texting to their classmates? How much online time is too much?

Too often, parents who are misinformed about the social web (willfully or otherwise) will shut their kids out of it completely, only to find they are logging in anyway. If you’re not taking an active role in your child’s online life, you may be missing important opportunities to ensure they are on the path toward “digital citizenship,” and protected from inappropriate content and people.

To help shrink the tech-culture divide between parents and their kids, read more at

Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation.

A Huge Hat Tip To Pacifica’s Community

A Few of Pacifica's Amazing Teachers

With all the distractions surrounding the closing of Pacifica and the chartering of Tides, not much was said about Pacifica’s test scores for our last year when they came out in August.  In case you didn’t hear, our API went up a whopping 54 points.

If you’re like me, that number might not mean much to you, but I’m currently knee deep in looking at and learning about information like this for our Tides charter petition, and my jaw literally dropped as I learned what a big deal our improvement was.  This is the first time the new data has been available since we started the chartering process.

I’m a lay person and my research is far from scientific, but I wanted to share with our community that out of approximately 528 elementary schools, only 14 schools improved their scores by a wider margin than Pacifica (two others tied us).  To my lay eye, that is amazing.

Please join me in extending a great big hat tip to Gary, our teachers, our staff and our families for doing Pacifica proud last year!!!

If there is an educator in the audience who would like to do a more scientific slice and dice of the data, I’d love to get your input.  We can write something up to share with Pacifica families and we could definitely use the data as we proceed with our Tides chartering.

Our Social Media Obsession by the Numbers

From the time we wake up in the morning to the moment we call it a day, and every moment in between (think bedroom, bathroom and dinner table), we’re checking in on our favorite social media sites.

This conclusion comes from data gathered by an independent study (commissioned by Retrevo), which surveyed 1,000 online individuals.

Read more at mashable.com:  Our Social Media Obsession by the Numbers [STATS].