I’m pretty impressed so far with the series on parent involvement/engagement issues that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is publishing. Today’s installment is titled Building bridges to families. Later this week, I’ll add direct links to each installment to yesterday’s post on it.
(I’ve updated this post to include links to the entire series) The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has just begun what appears to be a fairly ambitious series of articles on parent involvement and schools called Beyond the Bell | Making the Home-School Connection . The first one, Educational engagement, appeared today. Here’s how the paper describes [...]
Engaging ELL Parents is the focus of the most recent newsletter from Colorin Colorado, a bilingual site for parents and educators. It includes a short review of our book. Colorín Colorado is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation’s capital. Major funding comes from the American Federation [...]
Public School Insights is a blog about schools that I have praised a lot on my other blog. It’s sponsored by The Learning First Alliance, which is made-up of many national education organizations, including national associations of teachers, administrators, and school boards. I was honored yesterday when Claus von Zastrow, LFA’s Director, praised our book [...]
Last week, the new Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, Jonathan Raymond, led a press conference highlighting examples of parent engagement in our district. He was kind enough to invite me and mention my book, and also to highlight the home computer project we do at our school, as well as our highly [...]
Though I’m not crazy about the headline in this New York Times story, “Learning To Bridge The Achievement Gap” does tell a nice story of academic progress a school in a low-income neighborhood is making. One of the strategies it’s using is providing three-times-a-week literacy and life skills class to immigrant parents. The reason I’m [...]
I’ve posted in the past about some of the challenges we’ve had in our home visit conversations with parents when discussing college possibilities for their children. In that same point I shared how we were responding to those challenges, and the plan I wrote about is going quite well. Education Week has just published an [...]
The Sacramento City Unified School District declared this week to be “Parent Engagement Week.” Today, which is considered to be National Parent Involvement Day, our new Superintendent, Jonathan Raymond, held a news conference today highlighting parent engagement efforts in our district. He was kind enough to recognize my book and have me speak at the [...]
Every year a Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll is done on “Public Attitudes Toward The Public Schools.” This year’s results were released a couple of months ago. This is one question that was included: I am going to read several factors. For each, tell me how important you think that factor is in keeping public schools [...]
I’ve posted in the past about how Education Secretary Duncan has spoken condescendingly about parents in relation to schools. Today on Meet The Press he sounded a bit better: “We all have to take responsibility: parents, teachers, principals, school board members, students themselves, most importantly. We all have to step up. Parents matter tremendously. Parents [...]
I’ve been reading more lately about a campaign called Be There, which appears to be provided by a public relations agency to school districts (supposedly at no cost) and is designed to promote “parent involvement.” Based on what I have read, the main focus seems to be a fairly glitzy media campaign of posters, public [...]
Wordle is a free and easy web application that lets you paste text into it and then produces a “word cloud” illustrating the words that are used most with their size showing their frequency of use. It’s pretty neat. Here is the link to the Wordle for our book, “Building Parent Engagement In Schools.” I [...]
The Critical Connection Between Student Health and Academic Achievement:How Schools and Policymakers Can Achieve a Positive Impact is a report recently issued by the California Endowment, a major health-related private foundation in California. It’s the first in a series of reports the Foundation is developing. The purpose of these reports is “to develop a framework [...]
The Wall Street Journal reports on a new research paper that highlights the impact of the recession on student achievement. The article is titled “As Unemployment Rises, Kids’ Future Dims”. It provides more evidence supporting one of the key points of our book — that as part of a parent engagement strategy, it makes sense [...]
Parent Involvement Matters is an organization (and website) that has a lot of good resources on parent involvement/engagement issues. There are some pretty impressive people involved with it, and it also has an email newsletter. It’s definitely worth a visit, and I’m adding a link to their site on this blog’s sidebar.
I generally like what syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrete has to say — except when he’s writing about school issues. It seems like he and David Brooks (another columnist I usually like) just “lose it” when they look at education issues. Today, Navarrete wrote what can only be called a rant against most public schools and [...]