A Unique Opportunity to Improve School Meals Applications is a report from The Center On Budget and Policy Priorities. It makes some good suggestions about simplifying the applications parents have to complete so their children can get free or reduced meals at school. Thanks to the Education Research Report for the tip.
Schools can learn from program that puts parents in classrooms is the headline of a Chicago Tribute article on a unique parent engagement program sponsored by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and on a new book about it. I’ve spoken with leaders of the Association about the program, and am impressed. I’d encourage you to [...]
” Parent Involvement and Extended Learning Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Midwest Region” is the title of a new study examining 1,400 school improvement plans in five Midwest Region states. You can also read more about it at Education Research Report.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools has just instituted 52 new standardized tests, and parents are up in arms about it. You can read about it in The Washington Post at School district field-tests 52 (yes, 52) new tests on kids. You can also visit the website of the parents group organizing against them — Mecklenburg ACTS.
The Sacramento Bee has a great article today titled Teachers’ visits to students’ homes can make big difference. It’s about the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, which I have written about many times in this blog. There’s also a chapter in my parent engagement book about them. Our school is very active with the Project, [...]
Parents spell out detailed school reform blueprint is the headline of a piece at Valerie Strauss’ blog in The Washington Post. Here’s how it begins: A national grassroots organization called Parents Across America — a leading group in a young, growing protest movement against test-based school reform — just released its own blueprint for the [...]
Districts Use Web Polls to Survey Parents on Hot Topics is an article in Education Week about schools using online polling tools. There are obviously a lot of concerns with doing something like this, not least of which being many families can’t afford computers or Internet access. Some school officials raise those concerns within the [...]
School’s a Community Effort in Indiana District is another excellent article by Mary Ann Zehr at Education Week. I’ve written a number of posts about these kind of community schools — ones that connect many community services with students and their families. I’m concerned, though, about many of them relating to parents as clients instead [...]
Memo To Tennessee: I Don’t Think Requiring Students To Document Their Immigration Status Is Going To Enhance Parent Engagement
Tennessee state legislators are soon to vote on House Bill 1085, which … would require that all students enrolling in school for the first time document their immigration status by presenting their Social Security number, passport or visa to the school system. According to Weaver, the purpose of her bill is to keep track of [...]
Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post has published an excerpt from a new book titled “Faces Of Learning.” In it, fifty people tell about important moments in their education. In today’s column, she shares a commentary by Pedro Noguera, an education professor at New York University. He shares a story about his supportive parents, and [...]
John Fensterwald, as usual, does a good job updating the status of the Parent Trigger here in California in his post, Parent Trigger, Version 4 and counting. This Thursday, the California State Board of Education will spend most of the day reviewing potential new regulations on the trigger law.
“She pulls in parents with Starr power: In Brooklyn Center, one woman is on a personal mission to get parents involved in their children’s education” is a nice article about a good “parent university”-type program in Minnesota. I’m sure it’s a good program. However, I wonder if schools miss out on the possibilities of making [...]
CNN produced this video story on “Parent University” in Philadelphia. It seems like an okay program, but it could be so much more. Elisa Gonzalez, the Parent Coordinator at our school, has, I think, developed a national model of what a “Parent University” can really become — by first asking parents what they want to [...]
Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke to this year’s gathering of the “Mom Congress.” In his speech, he told all about his family engagement ideas, but didn’t say anything about…perhaps asking parents what they thought might be needed. Here’s the video: So many well-intentioned people don’t have much of a clue when it comes to listening….
Dennis Walcott has just been confirmed as New York City’s school’s chancellor. He made this statement: “I’ve always talked about, especially in the past week, parent involvement, parent engagement, making sure that parents are totally invested in what’s happening in their child’s school,” he said. Perhaps it was just an oddly-worded comment in the moment, [...]
Over the past two years, I have posted: My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2010 My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months My Best Posts & Articles About Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2009 My Best Posts On Parent Engagement So Far This Year It’s been [...]
I’m assuming that most subscribers to this blog are also readers of my other blog but, if not, I wanted to let you know about my new book being published next week. It’s titled “Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges,” and you can find out all about it here.