What Parents and Educators Want from Assessments is the title of an Edutopia blog post today from Anne O’Brien. It’s about a recent report on assessment, which I’ve previously posted about — see “What Parents & Educators Want from Student Assessments.” Anne makes some very interesting points. It’s worth reading the entire post, but here [...]
The Power of Family School Community Partnerships: A Training Resource Manual is a pretty big packet, including a PowerPoint, from the NEA Priority Schools Campaign. Here’s how they describe it: Drawing upon decades of research, the Manual provides simple, but provocative, strategies for uncovering what gets in the way of partnering and outlines clear paths [...]
Parent Partnership Solutions is a useful new article from the NEA Priority Schools Campaign. Here’s an excerpt: In a recent Parenting magazine and National Education Association (NEA) survey of public school parents and educators, both groups categorized their relationship with the other as “open,” but they also reported significant obstacles to forming true partnerships. But for each partnership [...]
Guest Post by Joe Mazza Each year, schools have the opportunity to engage and re-engage families in the education of their children. The success of these efforts depend on many things including but not limited to current and past strategies put in place, leadership, current and past relationship with family and community stakeholders, access, fear, [...]
WestEd has just published a short “brief” on family engagement. I’d say its list of suggestions is not very strong. However, I do think its analysis of dividing family engagement into three kinds is useful. They describe them as: * Random efforts are offered in piecemeal, without a systematic, intentional goal or design. These efforts [...]
Irony Alert — Walmart Sponsors Concert To “Salute Teachers” & Support Anti-Teacher “Parent Trigger” Movie
It’s a cliche, but sometimes truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. Walmart is sponsoring a concert to “salute teachers” and benefit Teach For America, where they’ll also show scenes from an upcoming anti-teacher movie on the “parent trigger.” I’ve previously written several posts about the movie, and here’s the trailer: Thanks to Leoni Haimson for [...]
Nevada PTA Sets Example on Male Engagement is a useful post over at Education Week. Here’s how it begins: Making fathers and male family members feel welcome in public schools can have a powerful impact. After a concerted effort by the Nevada PTA to engage men in the education of their children, grade point averages rose and [...]
I just saw this tweet from Ken Libby: Sneaky: parent trigger-like mechanism incorporated into WA charter initiative: blogs.seattletimes.com/uwelectioneye/… Wonder why they havent played that up… — ken libby (@kenmlibby) July 27, 2012 Washington State is preparing to vote on an initiative to support the creation of charter schools, an effort that has been voted [...]
Source: shareasimage.com via Larry on Pinterest Carrie Rose, the extraordinary and tireless Director of the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project is at the Detroit convention of the American Federation of Teachers. She let me know that the St. Paul affiliate (read more about their work at St. Paul teachers visit students’ homes in search [...]
Parent Trigger Fires Again is a very good commentary by Diane Ravitch on the recent parent trigger court ruling. She brings together information from several different news sources, including info I didn’t know, including this: And the ruling ignores the clear language of the law, which does allow parents to remove their names from a [...]
David B. Cohen just raised an important question on Twitter about the parent trigger: As far as I know, parents cannot petition to undo a parent trigger. Anyone know otherwise? What if 51% of parents in next yr or 2 disagree? — David B. Cohen (@CohenD) July 23, 2012 Does anyone know the answer?
I’ve previously posted about the rejection by the Adelanto School Board of a parent trigger petition because 100 parents said they were tricked into signing them. A judge ruled today that parents can’t rescind their signatures, and that the parent trigger effort can go forward. The district is expected to appeal, but hasn’t made a [...]
Guest Post By Joe Mazza “Helping Families Cope with Tragedy” This Week’s Parent-Teacher Chat (#ptchat) on Twitter Our thoughts and prayers go out to those dealing with the horrific Colorado theatre shooting that occurred this past Friday night. Many lost their lives and were injured physically and emotionally as a result. In times like this, [...]
Parent Involvement: A Two-Way Partnership with Schools is a useful post by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., who often writes on parent engagement issues. One of the best pieces of information in her post is a chart listing “Helpful Behaviors” and “Harmful Behaviors” related to parent involvement in schools….
‘Public Square’ Website Solicits Parents’ Insights is another good post from Michele Molnar over at Education Week. She reports on how a Florida school district is using social media in an ambitious effort to discuss and plan ways to increase parent involvement, and includes several good links.
In “How Do We Want to Engage Parents?”, Timothy Boyle over at The Notebook suggests that school leaders answer three simple questions as they’re determining a parent engagement strategy: How do you engage parents at your school? What would you like to change or add to those efforts? What do you need to make it [...]
Guest post by Joe Mazza Engaging Grandparents & Family Friends in Our Schools Every child’s “home” is different. When I was growing up in the early 1980s in a middle class suburb of Philadelphia, I remember seeing my grandparents several times per week, and even spent weeks at a time with them. My grandparents were [...]
“Let’s Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor In Education” is a new book from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The link will take you to a free PDF version of it. The book is pretty impressive — good statistics, great cartoons from The New Yorker, and excellent advice for how parents can [...]