Archive for October, 2010

Oct 25 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Stop Morning Mania!

Does it always have to be just another manic Monday? Well, stop wishing it were a Sunday and let Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, help you get a grip on your family’s morning routine and quash the counterproductive chaos.  Seriously those manic mornings can take a toll on your own mood and productivity; Amy has some great tips in her appearance with The Today Show’s Katie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to help with your morning routine:

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Oct 24 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Baby & Kid Trends from the ABC Expo!

I missed being with Alison Rhodes at the ABC Kids Expo this year in Las Vegas.  After seeing the video, I feel like I got a taste of all the new hot trends in baby and kids products!

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Oct 23 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Fight!

Sue Mayer’s blog hit a nerve with me and will with every mom who has ever had to fight for their child.  Her son, Sam was the inspiration for the Cedar Valley Character, Sam from our book:  Let’s Get Ready For First Grade!

Sue, Sam and the rest of the Mayer Family, we are sending you strength, hope, courage and love on this new fight!

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Oct 22 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Celebrate Green Halloween on MSNBC!

News flash from Celebrate Green! We need your help!

Awesome story this morning on about Green Halloween®!

If you have a moment to check it out, then comment, we’d really, truly, honestly appreciate it.

And if you’re thinking about swapping Halloween costumes instead of buying, look here to find a swap near you or an online swap.


Thanks and have a terrific weekend.

Lynn & Corey

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Oct 15 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Thank Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress!

Thank you so much Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress for inviting me to be at your Read Connect Grow events in DC and St. Paul. 

Target is concerned with low reading-proficiency and graduation rates throughout the country.  Target has taken a stand on improving reading in our nation’s communities.  Target’s goal is to expose as many children as possible to the joys of reading, and strive to have them reading proficiently by the end of third grade.  Target plans to donate more than $500 million by the end of 2015 to support education, doubling its support to more than $1 billion. What a commitment to literacy!

“Target’s ties to education run deep, but we are compelled to do more to address the education crisis in the U.S. and put more kids on the path to graduation so they are ready for college, a career and life. The time to act is now, and it starts by reading with a child,” said Laysha Ward, Target’s president of community relations. “Our reading pledge is the first of many steps Target will take to ensure our kids are globally competitive. We need every parent and caring adult to join us in creating a movement that will chart a new course in education and help our children succeed.”

The financial commitment is part of Target’s new reading initiative, Target Read With Me, aimed at helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade. Why the focus on third grade? Research shows that reading proficiently by the end of this crucial is a significant milestone on the path to graduation. Indeed, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation, this is when children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

As part of the initiative, Target also announced a reading pledge, a donation of up to 2 million books to kids in need, and plans for an innovative reading center that will reach communities across the country through a physical and virtual presence. What an amazing pledge!

Thank you Target for including me along with five other amazing Mom Congress Delegates in your “Moms with an Eye on Literacy”, your special literacy advertisement in the November Parenting School Years Magazine!  Thank you for celebrating the accomplishments of Mom Congress Delegates who are leading the fight for early literacy: Jamie Pearce (Idaho), Angeline Gorham (New Hampshire), Liza Weidle (North Carolina), Chanda M. Kropp (Minnesota), Emily Rempe (Ohio) and yours truly, Stacey Kannenberg (Wisconsin).

If you live in NYC, are a mom, teacher or someone who cares about literacy, join Target, Parenting Magazine & Mom Congress on 10/21 to celebrate literacy!  To sign up, visit  Plead time to read with a child at

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Oct 14 2010

Let’s Get Ready To Win the Mom Congress Education Achievement Award!

Mom Congress Education Achievement Award


© Kindercare


Calling All Moms!

KinderCare Learning Centers has teamed up with Mom Congress to support moms advocating for education change in their schools. This is your opportunity to be recognized for your involvement and efforts in your local area.

Email your 200-word essay to by November 4th and share how your advocacy efforts are making a difference today. 


One essay will be recognized with a special gift of a book station and a library of 24 books from Kindercare! Books will be chosen based on the age of the child.

Click here for Official Rules

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Oct 13 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Read Connect Grow!

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Oct 09 2010

Let’s Get Ready For More NJ Gov. Chris Christie!

On Monday, NJ Gov. Chris Christie was in Wisconsin campaigning with Governor Candidate Scott Walker.  I want to personal thank the Scott Walker team for allowing me the opportunity to pass along my solutions to education to Gov. Christie!  Education reform needs to happen.  Our schools are failing and have been since 1970!  No amount of money has helped!  I have been most impressed with Gov. Christie’s crusade to take the left and right out of politics and work with Mayor Cory Booker to put politics aside to create a new kind of public school in Newark with the help of Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million dollar donation.  Here is the blank slate…what are your solutions?  How do we fix education?

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Oct 08 2010

Let’s Get Ready For My Oprah ‘Waiting For ‘Superman’” Film Review:

As many of you know I was so blessed to be invited to the screening of the documentary, “Waiting for ‘Superman’” about our educational crisis in America.  Since I was meeting face-to-face, for the first time, the amazing Louise Sattler, @Louiseasl for a “Girl’s Night Out” in Chicago and since she picked the magic dates, it was only fitting that she was my guest to our Oprah Experience!  The screening took place inside the famous HARPO studio on Sept. 23 and the following morning,

we were inside the live studio audience for the reaction to “Waiting for ‘Superman’”. 

This is a must see for every parent, student who is old enough to watch a PG rated move, teacher, educator, administrator involved in education!!  This film illustrates that our potential success, the future of prosperity in American and generations to come is in crisis.  Warning:  the film from Davis Guggenheim, the maker of “An Inconvenient Truth” shares the grim and depressing news that our current public educational system has been failing since 1970 and spending more and more money has not made any significant difference!   It fuels the debate on whether it was our failing schools that lead to the downfall of our neighborhoods or was it the downfall of our neighborhoods that lead to our failing schools?

Guggenheim shares the plight of five compelling children who are hungry and eager to learn but stuck inside the walls of a failing public school.  We learn the heart-breaking saga of Anthony, Daisy, Bianca, Emily and Francisco. They all have dreams and goals.  They all agree escaping public schools is the only option for each of them to succeed.  The film also highlights renegade reformer and Superman, Geoffrey Canada, who tried and failed to change the public school system.  So he started his own Charter School, The Harlem Children’s Zone, where his educators start with a child and family at birth and stay with them until they graduate from college.  We are also introduced to the KIPP Academy, another successful Charter School but we are also told in the movie that many Charter Schools are also failing schools.  We meet another superhero, Michelle Rhee and her battle to change the system by cutting the central office and firing bad principals and teachers who were ineffective inside an already failing system.  She found education to be more about the needs of the adults.  Michelle Rhee’s days are numbered at the top of DC’s public schools. Soon she will be another victim of a system who is resistance to eliminating bad tenured teachers and moving to a pay for performance incentive for teachers to excel.  The educational system believes that no teacher should be left behind regardless of performance.  

As a student inside a public school in America, maybe you are not surprised by these finding because you have already seen those cracks in education inside your own school.  Maybe you have had more than a few horrible teachers, been tested on things no one ever took the time to teach, or have seen your favorite teacher disrupted and overwhelmed by the same three kids who should have been suspended years ago!  Maybe you are that teacher who is tired of trying to reform a system that is intolerant of change or maybe you work with that teacher who is stumping those 25 minds in math leaving them 6 months behind grade level? 

You can’t go by what the critics have said about this movie because many have inconveniently missed the truth about “Waiting for ‘Superman’”.  Many fabulous educators have tried to change the system.  They couldn’t because the top tiers of education, those who are paid the most to care about education, care more about protecting their own jobs.  They have enabled a powerful ally in the teachers union with the stance all teachers should be protected regardless of performance.  Thus Guggenheim’s agenda is simple:  to create a firestorm so hot that it smolders and burns down the current failing and crumbling foundation of education.  The goal is that failure is not an option and we need an uprising so big that change is the only solution.  It is not about teacher bashing it is about a system that needs to crumble from the top. 

The only way for Guggenheim to succeed in his quest for change was to keep it simple.  He did.  The film does not get into the politics of the issues; it is not about blaming teachers but a system that is set up to fail; the fight between public and charter; the need for special needs; teaching to each child; healthy lunches; exercising during gym; national standards on the table that are still immeasurable; and endless other areas that are all important issues in education.  Had the film introduced all the issues the masses would have had a field day debating these issues instead of fighting as a united force and a catalyst for change starting at the top of education.

The Oprah Show audience was made up of parents, teachers and school administrators many electrified, outraged and on fire for change! As Cory Booker, Newark, New Jersey Mayor said best, every day as children recite the pledge of allegiance in schools across this nation they are not telling the truth as they end the pledge: with liberty and justice for all.  Where is the justice that the success of our kids will be determined by the bounce of a lottery ball?

I cried at the injustice of living in the greatest country in the world, in the land of freedom and opportunity, yet the hypocrisy for these families and millions more comes down to a bounce of a ball? In the film, Anthony has the best odds of that lottery ball being his ticket out of his failing public school.  He is among 64 kids who vie for 24 spots and Francisco has the worst odds with 792 applicants for 40 spots.  Francisco’s mom broke my heart when she said, “That ball could mean the difference between my son graduating from college or going to jail.”  It is actually cheaper on the taxpayer’s burden to send a child to college that it is to send them to jail.  We owe it to our bottom line to help all children succeed. 

We have enabled this to happen by being compliant and by allowing the inside of our classrooms to become stripped of power and personnel; breaking the foundation of learning and adding more layers to insulate the top tiers of education. The fate of our country will not be decided on a foreign battlefield it will be determined in a battle over who controls the classroom.  Many leaders such as Bill Gates believe that if we continue to settle for failing schools we will not be providing competitive skilled workers to operate in the highest paying jobs in our country changing our world dominance. This move has already been happening in the leadership positions in Corporate America; those highest paid American jobs in America are not being filled with Americans.  

So what does that mean for your future, your schools future and the future of America? The movie says we can’t wait for Superman.  We have to all rise up and be mini super heroes inside each and every school across our great land. How can we unite students, parents and caregivers, along with teacher and educators who want change?  We have to work together to revamp education and put the power back inside our classrooms.  What are you willing to do?  Are you willing to move from the sidelines and take action by working within your own school to demand change? The only solution is for the students, the parents and caregivers and the educators to all come together with a united voice and demand change!

As was announced on Oprah’s show, it has galvanized Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Democratic Newark Mayor, Cory Booker to put politics aside to start from the bottom and build a model for the rest of the nation to follow.  Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg likes it and has agreed to donate $100 million to inspire others to get involved.  So here is another opportunity for you to be involved, how would you structure education in this New Jersey Public School model and why not find a sponsor for your school to excel your students to the top of the global map?  Or are you waiting for ‘Superman’…?

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Oct 06 2010

Let’s Get Ready For Read, Connect & Grow Childhood Literacy!

Miss Suzy was my first book.  I can still remember sitting in my mom’s lap reading that story over and over and over again!  How I loved that book as a child and how I loved reading that book to my own kids.  The world of books holds the key to everything:  adventure, escape, fantasy, mystery, romance, science, travel, knowledge and so much more!   It doesn’t take many books to have an impact on a child.  Homes that have more books in the household produce better students.  Studies show that a child with as little as 15 books in the household will stay in school for an average of two years longer than those without access to books and a child who has access to over 500 books is more likely to attend college. 

I am getting ready for my “field trip” toady in DC to celebrate childhood literacy on behalf of Mom Congress, Target and Parenting Magazine!  As I was packing, Megan read me a chapter from a book she is reading in 4th grade about a boy who was pulled into a prank that hurt his elderly neighbor.  As part of his punishment he has to email back and forth with another lady, Wootie, who is currently living in an old age home.   Wootie is a hoot and reminds us of our own Grandma Martha, who we miss dearly!  How fun to share memories and get lost in a great story!  I love it when the girls come home from school eager to read to me!  It makes up for all those nights when they were little and I was running on empty and they would haul 15-20 books into the bed for us to read each night.  It’s so fun that they still love Miss Suzy just like I did when I was little.  Thankfully (big sigh), even at age 11 and 9, Heidi and Megan still snuggle up and let me read our favorite childhood books to them…again…and…again!

In honor of Read, Connect & Grow childhood literacy who will your book buddy be?  Visit Target to learn more:

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