The Australian Council of State School Organisations seems to be the primary national organization for parents in Australia. There are quite a few resources on their website. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Parent Engagement In Countries Other Than The U.S.
Having gone to school doesn’t mean we all can run a school is a useful post written by the President of the San Carlos School Board. He offers a perspective on some of the challenges of parent engagement. Here’s an excerpt: in modern public education, parents are placed in the odd position of being simultaneously [...]
American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten has just published a critique of the new “Won’t Back Down” movie, ‘Won’t Back Down’ union stereotypes worse than ‘Waiting for Superman.’ Here’s an excerpt: I don’t recognize the teachers portrayed in this movie, and I don’t recognize that union. The teachers I know are women and men who [...]
The National PTA now supports letting other bodies besides local school boards authorize charter schools. That’s a big disappointment, since charter school operators are now often making “end-runs” around local school boards who won’t approve them by going to county boards of education or other bodies. For example, here in Sacramento a charter chain couldn’t [...]
Guest post by Joe Mazza (image by xavierhs.org) The new school year is here. It’s time to meet your new families and begin developing that strong home-school partnership to lean on throughout the school year. Back to School Night is oftentimes your first impression to set the tone for a fantastic school year. During this [...]
Students, parents should have a voice in teacher evaluations is a thoughtful column about AB 5, a good bill in the California Legislature about teacher evaluations that has a good chance of passing and being signed by the Governor. The bill, and the column, also include realistic perspectives on the use of standardized test scores. [...]
Teachers tell parents how to help their kids be better students is from The Washington Post and, even though I’d prefer if the headline wasn’t “teachers tell parents,” it still has some good information. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas On How Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed Academically.
I post a lot about home visits, but not often about a practice that seems to be growing in popularity — early childhood home visits by non-school staff. Education Week recently posted a useful article on the practice, Home Visits Help New Families; Support School Readiness. Here’s how it begins: Kindergartners across the country are [...]
“Won’t Back Down” is the upcoming theatrical movie made by the producers who brought us “Waiting For Superman.” It’s about a fictitious version of the parent trigger idea (see The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids Or Schools. Here are my choices for the best posts and articles [...]
The European Parents Association seems to be an organization of all the PTA-like groups in Europe. I hope someone out there will correct me if I’m wrong. It seems to have some useful information. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Parent Engagement In Countries Other Than The U.S.
I’ve written a lot about the saga of the parent trigger campaign in Adelanto, California. Here’s the latest from Education Week (it has plenty of details beyond these two first paragraphs): A California school board has approved a plan to restructure a school at the center of a closely watched “parent-trigger” dispute, but it’s not [...]
Guest Post By Joe Mazza This week’s chat brings the most important lens to the table – our students. Students from StuVoice.org will join us as “experts” to talk about the ways family engagement impacted their own education growing up. Student Voice is a grassroots effort that is comprised of caring students and individuals that [...]
Boosting Parent Engagement Before School Starts is a good post over at Education Week by Michele Molnar. It’s about a project in New Haven, Connecticut. It’s: Jump starting parent engagement before the first day of school involves a get-out-the-volunteer effort that will put up to 100 two-person teams in neighborhoods to raise awareness—and excitement—about starting [...]
I’ve previously written about how I think the California PTA has made a big miscalculation by throwing its lot in with billionaire Molly Munger and her ill-fated tax initiative coming up this fall. Her campaign has been criticizing the other initiative on the ballot, supported by Governor Brown and many other education groups, and which [...]