The Louisville Courier Journal has published an extremely informative infographic about parent involvement. In fact, there’s so much information packed into it that it’s difficult to decipher it all! It accompanies a very long article on parent involvement, which is okay, but doesn’t cover any new ground.
Parents denied chance to observe classroom is the title of a post by Jay Mathews at The Washington Post. Not letting parents who might be sending their child to a school doesn’t seem to me to be the wisest parent engagement policy for a school to have. There are plenty of comments on his post. [...]
New York Times’ columnist Tom Friedman has just published a pretty interesting column on the importance of parent involvement, though I do wish he had a better headline than “How About Better Parents?” In it, he highlights a a couple of new studies (and includes links to them) and quotes one researcher: Schleicher explained to [...]
In September, I had posted about a school in Illinois that had been found to be in non-compliance with the parent involvement requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. I had thought it was interesting because, one, I hadn’t heard of that happening to any other school anywhere and, two, since it’s so easy [...]
Bruno Manno’s “Straw Mom” Argument is the rather odd headline of a good article on parent engagement and community organizing. It’s from the Annenberg Institute on School Reform. I’m adding it to The Best Examples Of Parent Engagement Through Community Organizing.
Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0: Collaborative Strategies to Advance Student Learning is the lengthy name of an excellent report released today by the National Education Association. It highlights sixteen family-school-community partnerships, including the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project. Here are important links: You can access the entire report here. Here’s an overview of the report. And here’s [...]
Today, The Los Angeles Times published an editorial reflecting on the parent trigger’s lack of success, and described Parent Revolution’s retooling effort: Instead of choosing the schools for a possible parent trigger and engineering the petitions, Parent Revolution now leaves it up to parents to determine whether they want to initiate major reforms and what [...]
Pinellas school district tries going to parents is an article about staff from a Florida school making home visits. Generally, I don’t recommend going unannounced, but if a school widely publicizes it throughout the neighborhood and most parents know they’re going to happen on a particular Saturday it can usually work out fine. It sounds [...]
The New York Times has published a must-see photo of a parent holding a sign saying “I Can’t Bake 2.8 Billion Cupcakes.” She was protesting school aid cuts, combined with tax benefits for the wealthy. You can read more about the reason behind the protest sign at The Times’ article.
Parents organize to push for better California schools is from The Los Angeles Times, and describes a meeting yesterday of parents from throughout the state who are organizing to support schools. I’ve written a number of posts about these kinds of efforts, and creating a “The Best…” list of them is on my “to do” [...]
Ed Week’s Learning The Language blog recently posted information and links to a number of resources in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali for parents with children who might have learning disabilities. I’m adding it it The Best Ideas On How Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed Academically.