Flashback Jill Suffel


From a very young age, it was instilled in Jill Suffel that education is of the utmost importance. Although she majored in mass communications at Villa Julie College, now Stevenson University, she soon went back to school for teaching. After seven years at Bedford Elementary School in Pikesville and a break from teaching to have… Read More

Online Options Course offerings can meet students where they are, academically or geographically


Online classroom technology provides a robust computer-based educational experience and instructor interaction that for some learners can make the difference between access to knowledge and not having access at all. At the start of its fourth year of academic course offerings, Bonim B’Yachad, an online Israeli-based education company that delivers religious and academic content to… Read More

Under Pressure Organization challenges narrow version of success


As students prepare for their first day back to school after summer break with newly bought clothes and fresh supplies, many will return to campus with a weight on their shoulders. “Everybody wants their kid to be successful, but I’d argue pushing your child too hard ensures the opposite of what you’re hoping for,” said… Read More

Flashback: Sara Love Hoffman


Sara Love Hoffman, 39, realizes that living in Baltimore since she was 11 still makes her a newcomer by Baltimore standards. Still, she did get here in time to attend Franklin Middle School and Franklin High. After she headed to college in Florida, Love Hoffman didn’t expect to find herself back in town. Yet, Baltimore’s… Read More

Adding It Up


With the advancement of Common Core and the debate over education reform heating up, math disabilities are getting more attention at some local schools than ever before. “We started with a traditional [math education] program, and we scrapped it within three months,” says Jamie Caplan, founder of the Legacy School, a Sykesville-based school focused on… Read More

Kinderkool: College Prep


Created with flickr slideshow. Get ready for dorm life with decorative designs from Dormify.com. Online retailer, Dormify.com was founded in 2011 by mother/daughter team, Karen (right) and Amanda Zuckerman of Potomac. After shopping for dorm supplies prior to her freshman year at Washington University, Amanda and her mother discovered that it was challenging to find… Read More



Five work deadlines, four kids, three schools, two cups of coffee, one tired parent. From crawling in traffic to sprinting to afterschool pickup, busy working parents never get a break. Luckily, the digital world makes their lives a little easier. With new phone and computer applications, many parents are indulging in modern technology to deal… Read More

New and Notable in Baltimore


With autumn just around the corner, Baltimore parents are spoiled for choices when it comes to their children’s educations. Baltimore schools provide an array of programs — far too many to cover in one article — catering to students’ individual needs. From mastering modern technology to conquering learning disabilities, Baltimore schools are creating innovative curricula… Read More



During the 2011-2012 school year, the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Roslyn and Len Stoler Early Childhood Education Center took first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” childcare challenge. The challenge called for childcare centers and preschools to adopt practices that promoted healthy eating and exercise as means to preventing childhood obesity. In order to qualify, the… Read More

iNSIDER Insights: Schools of Thought


I have always been a fan of the back-to-school season. New shoes, school supplies, haircuts, fresh starts. But this year, things are different — unlike any back-to-school season I have ever experienced. This year, my daughter goes to college and life will never be the same. Any parent who’s been through this knows the range… Read More