The Boston Globe ran an article today on a parent involvement effort begun by the Boston schools. It appears like a typical “Parent University” program that a lot of schools have begun to teach parents about how schools work. However, the article did mention one other focus: “Parent University will also help parents write résumés [...]
The labor federation AFL-CIO’s blog just wrote a post titled Report: Helping Latina Students Succeed Helps Us All. It highlights a recent research report on the Latina drop-out rate that includes this recommendation: Schools should develop and implement—and federal, state and local governments should fund—parent involvement initiatives for the parents of Latino students, and ensure [...]
The local newspaper in Bakersfield, CA, ran an article yesterday on California State Superintendent Jack O’Connell’s list of the top ten things parents should do to help their children succeed in schools. Perhaps instead of telling parents what they should do, he could start urging schools to start actually asking parents for their own ideas. [...]
The Prince George’s County Public Schools has a nice blog called Parental Engagement with PGCPS. Even though it’s obviously geared towards school district parents, many of their posts contain information useful to anyone interested in exploring how schools can better connect with parents. It’s published by the District’s Department of Family And Community Outreach.
The Wall Street Journal just reported on a study analyzing effective ways parents can help middle-schoolers. The article says: “The best way to promote achievement in middle school isn’t to help student with their homework, or even to volunteer for school fundraisers. Instead, middle-school students posted the best results in school when their parents stepped [...]
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) recently had a podcast on Partnering to Transform the Conditions of Learning: Families and Educators Together. You can read more about it on their blog and on their announcement. Here’s an excerpt from their description of the podcast: While research and common sense tell us that families [...]
Our book, Building Parent Engagement In Schools, is set to be published on September 30th. You can pre-order it on Amazon now. I’m negotiating with the publisher for some way that readers of my blogs can get a discount, but I’m not sure it’s going to be a much more than what you can save [...]
Education Week has a good page titled “Parent Involvement” that’s short and simple — with some decent statistics. The same page includes some links to resources and related Ed Week articles (though you can’t access most of the articles without a paid subscription.
Whatever It Takes is the title of a recent book about the Harlem Children’s Zone (you can see my thoughts and questions about the Zone here). I just learned that its author, Paul Tough, has a blog that supports the book and provides updates on the Zone (and its proposed national expansion). One of the [...]
There’s No Place Like Home…Visits is the title of an article in the National Education Association’s “NEA Today” publication. It’s about about the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project, which is also the subject of a chapter in our upcoming book “Building Parent Engagement In Schools.” I also recently wrote about home visits for Teacher Magazine (free [...]
Inside Higher Ed ran an article today titled “The Parent Gap.” It’s a summary of a recent research study on the likelihood of low-income students attending college. Here’s how it begins: “Many studies have found that low-income high school students and those whose parents are not well educated are less likely to enroll in college. [...]
The National Coalition For Parent Involvement In Education recently posted a report on community organizing and schools. Here’s their description: Sara McAlister, a research associate at the Community Organizing and Engagement program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University: “Does the political will generated by community organizing in low-income, urban communities ultimately [...]
Starting At Home is a recent blog post written by Claus von Zastrow at the Public School Insights blog. It’s a commentary on my recent article in Teacher Magazine about teachers making home visits. I feel honored to be spoken about so positively in a blog I respect so much. I’ve written a number of [...]
Teacher Magazine has just published an article I’ve written about teachers making home visits to parents. It’s part of a series written by members of the Teacher Leaders Network. You have to register (for free) to read the entire article, but it’s a quick process.
FINE: The Family Involvement Network of Educators is a project of the Harvard Family Research Project and the Harvard Graduate School Of Education. They publish a free online newsletter. Here’s their summary of the most recent issue: “At this moment of political change, the FINE Newsletter focuses on family involvement and the policies that support [...]
Independent, Strong Support For Parents is a newspaper editorial that came out today endorsing a bill in the New York state legislature that would, among other things, fund a parent institute that would be administered by the City University of New York. It will be interesting to see what that institute would actually do….
Harlem Program Singled Out as Model: Obama Administration to Replicate Plan in Other Cities to Boost Poor Children is a lengthy Washington Post piece on the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ). The HCZ obviously does very good work. I do have some questions, though, about how they relate to parents and to the broader community. From [...]