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Location Matters When It Comes to Public Schools

Ann Dolin, author of “Homework Made Simple” and President of Educational Connections, Inc. has recently published a new book:

A Guide to Private Schools by Ann Dolin

A Guide to Private Schools: The Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Edition

A Guide to Private Schools: The Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Edition

In it, she mentions as a valuable resource to sort through unbiased school data.   Here is an excerpt of her book:

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Three Tips to Avoid Homework Drama

Dad: Jimmy, please do your homework

Jimmy: Hmmmm

Mom: Time for homework, dinner is almost ready!

Jimmy: Hhhmmm

Dad: Jimmy, turn off that game and come do your homework NOW!

Oh. Oh. And this is only the second week of school.  Only 39 more weeks of pushing and prodding to get homework going (just like last year…).

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Let’s start this school year on the right foot

 My friend (and award-winning author), Ann Dolin, wrote a book a couple of years ago: “Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework.

In a recent interview*, she mentioned a few strategies to make homework time happen without the daily tears.

The three tips Ann shared to avoid homework time drama are: Continue Reading…

Private School vs. Public School: Private Is Not Right for Everyone

Over the past few years, many people have asked me to include Private School information in Home by  And up until now, I didn’t have the ability to provide those answers.

The good news is that now we have a relationship with a great person in our area’s educational space who can answer all your questions – and beyond.

A serendipitous encounter with Ann Dolin

Ann Dolin; Education Expert, Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Ann Dolin: Education Expert, Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Back in October of 2012, my husband and I took a little weekend trip up to Cape Cod, MA.

While on the airplane, I was lucky enough to sit next to a really nice lady. She seemed to be very busy writing a post for her own blog.

Inevitably, I glanced onto her screen and caught a glimpse of her topic

She was writing about Private Schools in the Washington, DC area.

Needless to say, I was very intrigued since I also write often about public schools in Fairfax County.  So I carefully apologized for being nosy, introduced myself, and told her that I was very intrigued with her topic.

Little did I know that I was sitting next to the famous Ann Dolin of Educational Connections

Ann is a speaker, author, consultant, and all-around education expert.  So, we got to chatting, I told her about this website and about how some of my readers had asked me for private schools information.

She was kind enough to agree to guest post on the topic of Private schools vs. Public Schools (especially since our Public Schools are so highly rated, why do many people send their kids to Private Schools?).

Thanks to Ann for generously offering to share an excerpt of her upcoming new book A Parent’s Guide to DC Area Private Schools:

Private School vs. Public School: Private Is Not Right for Everyone

By Ann Dolin, M.Ed.

Residents of Virginia and Maryland are lucky to have such top-notch public schools, and parents across the nation would love to have these kinds of options. When deciding between private and public schooling, it could be the case that private school is not necessary or right for your child. There are a lot of factors to consider. Continue Reading…

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