Guest Post by Joe Mazza Middle & High School Family Engagement Strategies #PTchat, Wed., 5/2/12 – 9PM EST/6PM PST According to the Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit provided by the Harvard Family Research Project and the United Way,family engagement tends to drop off as teens enter high school because families are intimidated by the high school environment and [...]
The National PTA is encouraging chapters to endorse a resolution opposing the pervasive influence of high-stakes testing in measuring a school’s or student’s progress. You can read more about it at PTA Encourages State and Local Chapters to Adopt National Resolution on High Stakes Testing.
Parent trigger misfires, again is by Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association, and appeared in the San Bernadino Sun. Here’s how it ends: California students, parents, and school communities deserve better than this deeply flawed law and the questionable tactics of a group that is more interested in making national headlines than in [...]
The Harvard Family Research Project has just published a report titled Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children’s Learning. This is how they describe it: Families play an important role as the primary bridge between the multiple learning settings where their children learn and grow. For this reason, there is an increasing [...]
Parent to schools chief: ‘You don’t understand schools’ is an excellent post about the recently announce bizarre restructuring of Philadelphia schools. In the post, parent leader Helen Gym makes some great points. Here’s an excerpt: You’re not speaking to me with this brand of disaster capitalism that tries to shock a besieged public with unproven, [...]
Myrdin Thompson, who has written some posts elsewhere that I’ve highlighted here on this blog, will be recognized at The White House today for her work in promoting parent involvement. She’s quoted as saying: “I would say to the President, help me in my work so that more families are involved in their child’s educational [...]
What Are The Roles Of Parents, Teachers & Adminstrators In Parent Engagement Versus Parent Involvement?
Guest Post by Joe Mazza What is this “flipped classroom” people are talking about? What are the implications for parents, teachers and students? #PTchat, Wed., 4/25 9PM EST/6PM PST The “flipped classroom” is defined by Knewton in this cool infographic, as “inverted teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving “homework” into the classroom.” For [...]
Finding an End to the Parent-Teacher Wars is a nice piece by Jessica Lahey that appeared in The New York Times. She offers some good advice. Unfortunately, though, she cites Ron Clark as her sort of inspiration for the post. Ron Clark might be a very good teacher, but I certainly wouldn’t listen to any [...]
The Center For Teaching Quality regularly organizes Twitter chats on education issues. Here are a few highlights from their late April, 2012 chat on parent engagement. [View the story "A Few Highlights From #Teaching2030 Chat On Parent Engagement" on Storify]
‘Parent Engagement’ Questions Create Buzz is an Ed Week post by Michele Molnar that gives a good summary with links of several recent Ed Week posts and articles on parent engagement. As I’ve said before, if you’re interested in parent engagement issues, then you should be reading Michele’s blogs.
I’ve previously posted about recently released survey results from the Northwest Evaluation Association — see “Parents Agree – Better Assessments, Less High-Stakes Testing.” Marilyn Price-Mitchell has just written a more thorough review of the survey in a post titled “What Parents & Educators Want from Student Assessments.” It’s worth a visit.
I previously posted about the two-week parent engagement discussion over at Education Week and my contribution to it. As part of that conversation, the Center For Teaching Quality is organizing a Twitter chat on the topic this Thursday. Here’s their announcement: Join @teachingquality for a live twitter chat about parent involvement, Thursday, 4/19/12, 8:30-9:30 p.m. [...]
If you want to know the answer to that question, you’ll have to read my post over at Education Week titled ‘Back To The Future’ For Parent Engagement. It’s part of a series of posts Ed Week is publishing this week and next on parent engagement under the theme: Is Parent Involvement The Missing Link [...]
Maybe, just maybe, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel might be learning he can’t unilaterally make major decisions about schools without engaging with stakeholders like parents and teachers. He certainly doesn’t have a history of listening to them. Last week, though, he blinked. See Emanuel backs 7-hour school day after parents protest longer plan.
Guest Post by Joe Mazza: This Week’s #PTchat – Taking You Through Each Awesome Educational Chat & Hashtag *Special Time* Wednesday, 4/18 – 8PM EST / 5PM PST Join #PTchat this Wednesday night from 8-9PM EST (Special Time) as we discuss many of the educational and parenting hashtags, what they stand for and when you [...]
I have a lot of issues with what some people do in the name of school reform — like stealing the PTA’s name. A group of hedge fund managers — I’m not kidding, that’s who’s on their board — started a New York City organization called… PTA Now. Here’s their flyer: Thanks to Ed Wize [...]