The headline for this post comes from a quote by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who just announced with great fanfare a plan to give parents $25 gift certificates for parents who participate in conferences with their child’s teachers. I’d like to suggest that he might be better served if he tried to empty his mind [...]
I’ve written a lot about school’s work with the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project and our parent-driven “parent university” program. Here’s a video Mai Xi Lee, one of our school’s Vice-Principals, made for last weekend’s national Parent Teacher Home Visit Project conference. For what it’s worth, that’s me speaking after the text introduction….
Guest post by Joe Mazza Image credit: http://www.becoming1.org On a typical Wednesday night, we hold a Parent-Teacher chat on an important and timely home-school topic. This week, we’re providing a special 60-day school year check-in and opening up the conversation to your individual and school needs. Think about the following. What does your class or [...]
Diane Ravitch reports that “Won’t Back Down,” the parent trigger-pushing film, is now officially a box office flop. Read the details at “Won’t Back Down” Continues to Plummet. I’m adding this info to The Best Posts & Articles On Parent Trigger Movie “Won’t Back Down.”
Each day, as a teacher and as a strong proponent of parent engagement in word and deed, I find myself more amazed by the actions being taken by the California PTA this election season. I don’t think I’m overstating it to suggest that their efforts this year will be used as a case study in [...]
I’ve previously written several posts about the Parent Mentor Program of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago. Michele Molnar over at Education Week has just written another useful piece titled Principals Need to be ‘On Board’ for Parent Mentor Program. It’s worth a look…
Guest post by Joe Mazza Image credit: http://www.educationfuture.info This Wednesday night at 9PM EDT/6PM PST, we’ll be talking politics and the future of U.S. Education on #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat). Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l), a 17 year-old student and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School will answer questions and offer ideas during [...]
I’ve previously written a lot about the state of Alabama’s efforts to identify undocumented families and their children attending schools (which has thankfully been temporarily stopped by courts). The Southern Poverty Law Center is now suing the state over the constitutionality of the law, and is seeking data on its negative impact on immigrant children. [...]
Small Minority of Parents at “Trigger” School Choose Charter Operator is a post at Diane Ravitch’s blog. It describes the latest sad development in parent trigger efforts in California. You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids Or Schools.
It appears like the California PTA and others were able to bring Molly Munger to her senses and, as the Sacramento Bee reports, Molly Munger pulling ad critical of Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30. Her spokesperson says: “We made our point, and now we’re moving on,” said Proposition 38 spokesman Nathan Ballard. “This isn’t the No [...]
Guest post by Joe Mazza Image credit: youngactorscamp.com After attending an EdCamp & EdCamp Leadership, it’s easy to envision how those conference structures might work from the parent lens. After our staff completed “KnappCamp” in early September, the large and messy un-conference schedule was left on display for the Home & School Meeting to allow [...]
I thought readers might find it helpful for me to again post links to all my “The Best” lists related to parent engagement: The Best Ideas On How Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed Academically “The Best Research Available On Parent Engagement” The Best Reasons Why Parents Should Be Looked At As Allies & Not [...]
Billionaire Molly Munger continues to escalate her effort to cause damage and destruction to California’s public education system. One’s gotta think that leaders in the California PTA must be regretting their decision to tie their fortunes to hers. One can only hope that they decide to salvage some of their credibility by withdrawing from their [...]
Schools Falter at Keeping ELL Families in the Loop is a new Education Week article. Here’s an excerpt: One of the biggest challenges, educators and advocates said, is communicating effectively with parents who don’t speak English—an issue that, in part, has brought recent complaints of discrimination against Latino students and their families to two large [...]
The campaign to fund or, in Molly Munger’s case, de-fund public education in California continues. Here are some excerpts from today’s Sacramento Bee’s editorial: The California PTA and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are the most prominent supporters of Munger’s Proposition 38. On Wednesday, Torlakson called on Munger to cease the attack. The PTA [...]
Here in California, billionaire Molly Munger began running ads, apparently with the California PTA’s support, supporting her doomed-to-fail initiative and attacking the Governor and teacher-supported initiative that actually has a chance to win and providing monies to public schools. You can read all about it at today’s post at Ed Source, Munger-funded “compare and contrast” [...]