Parents Enroll in Protest is the headline of an article in today’s Wall Street Journal. It’s about a sit-in organized by parents at a school in Chicago. I’ve previously written about it at Parents Sit-In & Demand Old School “Fieldhouse” Be Converted Into Library.
Teachers, families making connections at kids’ homes is the headline of an article in today’s Denver Post. It tells about a home visiting program being done by parents with assistance from the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project. There’s a chapter about the Project in my parent engagement book.
Parent and Community Involvement in a College/Career–Ready Culture is the title of a briefing paper from the Texas Comprehensive Center. It’s designed to provide potential answers to these questions: What are some examples of underachieving schools that have involved parents and community partners to increase student achievement through building a focus on college and career [...]
The National Education Association has launched a $6 Priority Schools Campaign which includes a strong focus on parent engagement. You can read more about it at Ed Week’s article, NEA’s Brand of School Improvement. Here’s an excerpt: Q. The scope of these federal grants is three years, but you’ll be reporting back to the Representative [...]
Dana Goldstein is a writer who I generally like. However, she recently wrote a piece titled Email From a Reader: Parental Involvement where she seems to have really got her facts wrong. To learn how off-base she was, read Kenneth Libby’s piece, Dana Goldstein Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About. I have a lot of [...]
Yesterday, the Department of Education announced that 21 nonprofit organizations and universities will receive Promise Neighborhoods planning grants. These are designed to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone. You can read more about them in these places: The Hechinger Ed blog has a good summary and analysis. Here’s the Department of Ed’s official announcement And here’s [...]
Parents have been sitting-in and refusing to leave a school’s fieldhouse (I’m not quite sure what that is) and demanding the Chicago Public Schools instead convert it into a library. It’s scheduled to be demolished and have a soccer field created at its location, instead. You can read more about it here: Field house face-off: [...]
Doing More Than Involving Parents is an Edutopia post by Anne O’Brien, director of Learning First. In it, she talks about how I distinguish between parent involvement and parent engagement. More importantly (at least to readers here who are familiar with this distinction) she also shares some nice examples of what some schools are doing [...]
TIME Magazine recently published a poll on Americans’ Views on Teacher Tenure, Merit Pay and Other Education Reforms. In answer to the question “What do you think would improve student achievement the most?” 54 percent said “More involved parents.” That was nearly 30% higher than the next most popular answer (“more effective teachers”). Perhaps politicians [...]
Teaching Secrets: The Parent Meet and Greet is the title of a useful article for teachers as Back-To-School Night approaches. It appeared in Teacher Magazine, and is written by one of my very talented colleagues in the Teacher Leaders Network, Marsha Ratzel. Thanks to John Norton from TLN for pointing me in the direction of [...]
Ed Week has just begun a blog titled “Parents & The Public: Exploring The Intersections Between Schools and The Rest of Us.” It’s being written by Andrew Yarrow, who “has studied and written about education for The New York Times, the U.S. Department of Education, and Public Agenda and, as a parent, is no stranger [...]
Anne O’Brien wrote a nice commentary on parent engagement using my guest column in the Washington Post as a springboard. Check-out Inspiring Parents…Using Cash? In that post, she also mentions a video interview she, along with the President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, did on the Lifetime television network about parent engagement. [...]
Too often, students’ parents get lost in the equation is the headline of an article yesterday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about a Milwaukee schools effort called Having Involved Parents program. It’s in 35 schools, and costs $2 million each year. Are any readers familiar with it. If so, what do you think?