Letting Parents In On the Secret Of School is a good post by Peter DeWitt at Education Week.
Here’s an excerpt:
School leaders and teachers do their best to engage parents in the fun events or the ones that focus on report cards and grades like parent-teacher conferences. But we don’t always engage parents when it comes to those things that focus on learning. It’s a balance because we don’t want to always use educational language but we also don’t want to patronize them by using non-educational language either.
The bottom line is that when we are initiating changes within our classrooms and schools we have to make sure we don’t leave parents out of the equation.