“Teachers at an East Harlem elementary school are bizarrely forbidden from communicating with parents without first getting a supervisor’s permission and from calling parents outside of normal school hours, the teachers handbook says.” Read more about the bizarre rules discouraging parent engagement in this article at The New York Post.
As most readers know, Rahm Emanuel is favored to become the next Mayor of Chicago, where there is mayoral control of public schools. In his response to the question “Please explain how you would encourage more parental involvement in the public schools. Do you support tying parental involvement to school funding or what schools should […]
The Washington Post just ran a column about a new book several education researchers have written severely criticizing the research base of President Obama’s “Blueprint For Reform,” his successor to No Child Left Behind. Here’s a quote from that column: For example, it says, “Family involvement is crucial to education, but the evidence for a […]
Yesterday, the Department of Education announced that 21 nonprofit organizations and universities will receive Promise Neighborhoods planning grants. These are designed to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone. You can read more about them in these places: The Hechinger Ed blog has a good summary and analysis. Here’s the Department of Ed’s official announcement And here’s […]
I began my Engaging Parents In School blog about a year ago to support the publication of my book, Building Parent Engagement In Schools. I’ve written many posts over the past twelve months, and I thought readers might find it useful to see a list of which ones have been “clicked-on” the most: Here, in […]
The House of Representatives is now considering a bill to reduce spending for the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative by seventy percent, according to the Hechinger Report. Promise Neighborhoods is the name given to the effort to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone. Boy, it’s sure been in the news over the past 36 hours.
I’ve written a lot about the Harlem Children’s Zone and the federal effort to replicate them (called Promise Neighborhoods). I’ve just learned about a project that has been set-up to support future replication efforts called The Promise Neighborhoods Institute. They also have a blog worth checking-out.
The May newsletter of the Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) from the Harvard Family Research Project has just been published. Here is how they describe it: With the introduction of the Department of Education Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), innovation has emerged as a hot topic in education. In this issue of the FINE […]
I’ve written about efforts by the Obama Administration to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone. The Department of Education is now seeking peer reviewers for grant applications by groups who want to create these “Promise Neighborhoods.”
The Department of Education announced the opening of the Promise Neighborhoods competition today. This is a $10 million effort to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone in twenty other communities. As I’ve written before, I think the HCZ does great work, though I have questions about how they may relate to parents and local institutions. I […]
Claus von Zastrow has written a very intriguing post over at Public School Insights called Getting Students Ready by 21. It’s about an organization named Ready by 21. In many ways, it’s similar to the Harlem Children’s Zone. I’ve posted about the Harlem Children’s Zone several times here and like its work. The work of […]
I began this blog seven months ago — it was timed with the publication of my book, Building Parent Engagement In Schools. I thought it might be useful to share — in order of popularity — which posts have been “clicked-on” most over the past six months. Here are My Most Popular Posts On Parent […]
I’ve been doing a lot of work this year on building parent engagement in schools, including having a book published (Building Parent Engagement In Schools) and starting a new blog called Engaging Parents In School. Plus, I continuing to do the usual work at our school of actually engaging parents, too! I thought readers of […]
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Education Secretary Duncan spoke at a conference yesterday designed to support the creation of more “community schools” in the United States. Typically, community schools are ones that host multiple social services, as well as regular school classes. A report on community schools was released at the conference. The […]
Whatever It Takes is the title of a recent book about the Harlem Children’s Zone (you can see my thoughts and questions about the Zone here). I just learned that its author, Paul Tough, has a blog that supports the book and provides updates on the Zone (and its proposed national expansion). One of the […]