I’ve written a fair amount about schools in Newark, New Jersey (see The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook). There appears to be another new “nail” pounded into the “coffin” of parent engagement in those city’s schools. Read about it at Special Report: The Rise and Fall of Global [...]
This Week’s #PTchat – Recognizing Students for In & Out of School Accomplishments During the School Year
Guest post by Joe Mazza Back in June, we spent an hour on #PTchat talking about whether Awards Assemblies were best for all kids. We agreed it was good to recognize students for all they do, but one takeaway highlighted how difficult it is for some students to be a part of the audience when year [...]
Thanks to Sheila Stewart, I’ve learned about an excellent report on parent engagements issues from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Their Capacity Building Series: Parent Engagement is a must-read for those interested in parent engagement. I’m adding it to The Best Overviews Of Parent Engagement.
I’ve posted often both about my support of community schools and about my concern that they generally don’t encourage parent engagement (see Parent Leadership Is Often “Missing Link” In Community Schools). Here’s an excerpt from a new study that found the same problem: This study investigated the effectiveness of a community school’s strategy in influencing [...]
It’s that time of year again, so here’s a listing of what I believe to be my best posts during the second half of the year on building parent engagement in schools. You can see Part One here. You might also be interested in a listing of all my parent engagement-related “The Best…” lists. Here [...]
Heidi Hass Gable has written a useful blog post containing advice to teachers about parent engagement. Here are two of her recommendations: 4) Listen to parents and listen to what they DON’T say. They may not articulate their concerns very well because fears and insecurities cloud their words/thinking. But whenever a parent is sharing something [...]
The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper has just completed a series of articles on parent involvement in schools. It’s okay, but pretty much an “on the surface” review of what some groups and schools are doing. It’s nowhere near as in-depth as an incredibly impressive series The Milwaukee Journal did on the same topic there. One [...]
An article in the Chicago Tribune today discusses a new booklet published by the Chicago Public Schools, “Engaging Parents: Effective Practices From Chicago Principals.” I don’t think most readers of this blog will find anything new in it, and I don’t think it will be particularly useful outside of Chicago. But it does highlight what [...]
Guest Post by Joe Mazza Image credit: Great read! “Beyond the Bakesale” Join us on this week’s #PTchat as we take a look at the research on creating and building a home-school partnership, while sharing examples what this looks like in today’s schools. According to Henderson & Mapp (2006), four core beliefs must be firmly [...]
The National Center For Family Literacy has announced the release of a treasure trove of research on family literacy. Here’s their announcement: We are pleased to announce the online publication of the 21st National Conference on Family Literacy Research Strand Conference Proceedings.This document is a collection of research papers from featured sessions presented at the [...]
I’ve previously posted about a program developed in Arizona called Academic Parent-Teacher Teams. Learning First has just published an extensive interview with the person who developed the program at “Family Engagement in Student Learning: A Conversation with Dr. Maria C. Paredes.”
Guest post by Gwen Pescatore This week’s Parent-Teacher Chat (#ptchat) on Twitter – Creating a Positive Learning Environment at Home & at School Maxine Shaw, Head of Hazelwood School in Surrey, England said in an article for the autumn issue of Attain Magazine, “The very best schools will set children on a journey.” She continues [...]
Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing is a good post by Elena Aguilar over at Edutopia. Here’s how she ends it: Don’t underestimate the power of the positive, and lead with it. Be specific in the positive data you share — tell an anecdote or show a piece of work. Make sure you truly feel this positivity [...]
I’ve previously posted about a report from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention on parent engagement and family health. They’re now escalating their involvement in the topic by co-sponsoring National Parent Involvement on November 15th. You can read more about it here and here.