Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools is the headline of today’s USA Today article on a judge letting stand a law that requires schools to determine if students are undocumented. I’ve previously written several posts on this Alabama insanity. It’ll certainly do wonders for parent engagement among Latino families — if any are left.
I’ve written several posts about parent involvement/engagement efforts in Milwaukee — both because the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel there has provided some good coverage and because I have a particular interest in the city because I went to high school there. Parental participation in MPS appears weak is a new article that has some useful information [...]
The Obama administration said awhile ago that it was going to eliminate funding of the Parent Information and Resource Centers, and I’ve previously posted several times about it being a mistake. It’s going to happen at the end of this month, and you can read about it at this Washington Post piece, “Parent involvement centers [...]
Today, The New York Times published an article detailing the failure of the parent trigger law. In fact, it even quotes the law’s creator giving an analysis of the causes behind its failure that pretty much echo the critiques that opponents of the law (see The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t [...]
Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton really “lost it” earlier this week in his column, “The Impact of the Parent Trigger.” In it, he wrote: …..the quiet stir of their revolution is as inspiring as the civil rights battles of modern times — the demand for racial equality in the South, the recognition of farmworkers’ [...]
“What Can Community Organizing Teach Us about Parent Engagement? Five Simple Ways to Rethink the Bake Sale”
Putting our minds to helping immigrants learn English is Los Angeles column by Steve Lopez where he makes good points about parent engagement, and about the importance of parents learning English. At the same time, he rightfully backtracks from some harsh comments he made in an earlier column about the same topic where he was [...]
Putting Parents in Charge is a condescending NY Times column on parent engagement that was written by Peg Tyre. Among other things, she talks about how parents aren’t “sophisticated” enough to truly know what a good school is because often times they will pick ones with “low academic achievement” — and that’s usually a code [...]
Too Plugged In is an article in this month’s issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership. In it, Thomas R. Hoerr, who is a “head of school” in New York (I assume that’s the same as a principal?), talks about how he’s training to emphasize face-to-face conversations with parents instead of emails.
Conversations that happen in the middle is the title of a post at the Daily Riff, which has a video, along with a text summary, of Lorna Constantini talking about parent engagement. I’ve linked often to Lorna’s posts, and I’d encourage you to take a look at her video….
All schools that receive Title 1 funds must meet certain parent involvement requirements, though it seems pretty easy for them to meet the “letter” of the law as opposed to its “spirit.” An Illinois school, though, was just found to be in violation of that law. It must have been pretty bad. It’s the first [...]
Most of you are familiar with the nearly 800 “The Best…” lists I’ve posted at my main blog. Here, at this blog, I haven’t gotten around to “curating” my hundreds of posts into many useful “The Best…” lists, other than every six months I publish two types of lists: My choices for the Best Posts [...]