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Ann Dolin, M.Ed. is the President and Director of Educational Connections. She holds a B.A. in Child Psychology/Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Learning Disabilities, from Boston College.
After leaving FCPS in 1998, Ann founded Educational Connections, Inc. as its only employee with the goal of providing individualized one-to-one instruction based on each student's learning style. Today, her company employs over 100 tutors, serves the entire metropolitan D.C. area, and has worked with over 2,000 students.
Ann is a recognized expert in education and learning disability issues. She has provided testimony in trials related to education and learning disabilities. She is a member of WISER (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources) and is the coordinator of CHADD of Northern Virginia (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder). She is also a member of the Education Industry Association, Council for Learning Disabilities, and a board member for the International Dyslexia Association. She travels throughout the D.C. Metro area presenting at parent and teacher groups on a variety of educational topics.
Student Success Tips For Divorced Parents
Education expert Ann Dolin discusses how divorced parents should work together to monitor homework in two homes and to support any problems at school.
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Ann Dolin: Divorce is hard enough as it is. Flowing homework on top of it adds a whole new layer to an already complicated situation, many successful divorced couples have a system in place to ensure that despite these obstacles their child gets the academic attention he or she needs.
First off, communication is everything. Many parents have found that creating a communication checklist is a great tool. Make a list of everything a child needs to take with him for homework when switching from one house to another. Also list any homework or other projects the student has for the week, especially big tests to study for.
The other parent can look at over and update the list before sending the child back and lastly, it's important to unify when it comes to being involved in your child's school life. Make sure you are both going to teacher conferences, either together or in separate meetings and make sure your child knows what's expected of him concerning homework and grades, regardless of which home he is in.
Once you have a system in place, with clear expectations and strong communication your child can thrive academically in this new environment.