I just participated in an excellent #ELLchat on Twitter about engaging ELL families. Lot of great ideas and resources were shared. I’ve embedded highlights from the conversation below using Storify. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Parent Engagement Advice For Teachers. [View the story "Parent Engagement With/For English Language Learners" on Storify]
Obama Administration Announces Together for Tomorrow is the headline of a press release just issued by the U.S. Department of Education. I’m including some excerpts from the press release at the end of this post. After reading it, I still don’t really have a clue what they’re talking about — except that it has to [...]
Here are two tweets that I saw today that I’m adding to The Best Sources Of Parent Engagement Advice For Teachers: @Larryferlazzo @smconstantino Agree- and do not try to resolve a conflict using technology. Respect the need for tone, eye contact & empathy — Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) February 26, 2012
Guest Post by Joe Mazza: This Wednesday, February 29th at 9PM EST/6PM PST, #PTchat discusses Parent-Teacher Conferences and how parents AND teachers can maximize these oftentimes short sessions of face to face communication. In prioritizing the needs of the child, how do parents and teachers plan for, facilitate, reflect and respond following these important conferences? [...]
A local newspaper tweeted tonight’s School Board Meeting in Southern California where the parent trigger petition was rejected. You can learn more about the parent trigger at The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids Or Schools. [View the story "Parent Trigger Fails (Again) In California" on Storify]
Collaboration and communication as effective strategies for parent involvement in public schools is an interesting research paper from South Africa. Thanks to Steve Constantino for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Parent Engagement In Countries Other Than The U.S.
The same day the Los Angeles Times details the disaster of the parent trigger, The New York Times runs an article about an upcoming Hollywood movie about….the parent trigger. Financed and produced by the same people who did “Waiting For Superman,” the movie takes place in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania doesn’t have such a law). One major [...]
The Los Angeles Times, which certainly can’t be described as an opponent of the so-called Parent Trigger, has just published an article headlined “‘Parent trigger’ campaign divides families at troubled Adelanto elementary school.” After having failed at their first effort in Compton (and dividing the school in the process), the Parent Revolution is at it [...]
Program to Bridge the Gap With Parents Draws Fire is the headline on a New York Times article today about issues in Chicago. It’s not surprising, considering Mayor Emanuel’s perspective on parent engagement. See: Schools, And Parent Engagement, Don’t Seem To Be Rahm Emanuel’s Strong Suit Rahm Emanuel’s “Transactional” Perspective On Parent Involvement/Engagement
I’m starting a new monthly feature highlighting tweets that use the #parentengagement hashtag on Twitter. I thought readers might find it useful. I’ll be using Storify to collect and publish them: [View the story "February's Parent Engagement Highlights From Twitter " on Storify]
I’m a big supporter of community schools — where schools provide many programs and services to students and the community beyond traditional classes — and have previously published many posts about them. The San Francisco Chronicle this morning published a front page story about a big community schools effort in Oakland. One issue, though, that [...]
Were Immigrant Parents Afraid to Report Sex Abuse Allegations at California School? raises an important issue about the tragedy at a Los Angeles elementary school (see my previous post, What A Tragic Mess In Los Angeles). It highlights yet another reason why schools must make parent engagement a priority and develop a solid bond of [...]
Giving Parents the Runaround on School Turnarounds is the title of the press release from the respected Great Lakes Center announcing a review of a recent report on marketing unwise “school turnaround strategies.” Here’s an excerpt from the press release: Federal school “turnaround” strategies that call for firing teachers, replacing managers, or closing or converting [...]
‘Parent Trigger’ Laws Gain Traction, But Slowly is the headline of an article in Education Week that gives a national overview of what’s happening with the parent trigger. You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids Or Schools.
For some weird reason, blog posts from another blog showed-up this morning in my Google Reader saying they were from this blog. I’m assuming it happened to all subscribers. I’ve contacted Edublogs to see what might be going on, and I’ll let you know. Thanks for your patience.