Chalkbeat shares highlights from a letter New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña recently sent to principals. It runs thirteen pages, but this particular excerpt caught my idea. It seems like an interesting idea:
At M.S. 319 Maria Teresa in Manhattan, Principal Ysidro Abreu and his parent coordinator host a monthly “Parent Learning Walk.” They start each session by discussing the elements of good instruction and then let parents observe their kids in the classroom. Afterward, parents complete a survey to assess the learning environment, noting such things as whether students did the majority of the talking in class, referenced text to explain their thinking, and asked for help when they got stuck. I love this model because it gives parents a continuity of purpose—and the tools they need to become true partners in their children’s education.