The Best Overviews Of Parent Engagement

There are lots of ideas out there about effective parent engagement/involvement. Here are a few resources that provide useful overviews of the field. You might also be interested in seeing all my parent engagement-related “The Best” lists here. Here are my choices for The Best Overviews Of Parent Engagement: Involvement or Engagement? is the title […]

This Is The Best Piece I’ve Seen On Parent Involvement & Obama’s “Blueprint For Reform”

Holding on to Parent Voices is the headline of an article in the new issue of District Administration. It provides an in-depth analysis of how parent involvement issues are affected by the Obama Administration’s “Blueprint for Reform,” which lays out general principles for reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. These issues include the proposed elimination of […]

“Transforming Schools Through Family, School, and Community Engagement”

Transforming Schools Through Family, School, and Community Engagement is the title of a recorded webinar that can be viewed for free online. The presenters are: * Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education * Anna Hinton, Director, Parental Options and Information, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department […]

Family Engagement in Education Act Introduced In Congress Today

The Family Engagement In Education Act was introduced in Congress today. The bill, championed by the National PTA would: provide incentives to districts and schools to implement best practices, such as parent leadership academies, placing family engagement coordinators in schools, and professional development for educators on how to partner with families. The Family Engagement in […]

President’s Budget Eliminates Parent Information & Resource Centers

Parent Information and Resource Centers are federally funded organizations in every state and territory in the United States. They are designed to promote parent involvement/engagement in schools. According to the PTA, the Obama administration is proposing their elimination and “consolidation” so they focus their efforts on charter schools. From what I can see, the caliber […]

Info From Anne Henderson

Anne Henderson has been researching parent involvement/engagement strategies for many years, and we cite several of her research findings in our book. She is also the co-author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships. I’ll be interviewing her for this blog in the coming months. She provided testimony to the United […]

October Is “Parent Involvement Month”

Much to my surprise, I’ve learned that October has been proclaimed “Parent Involvement Month” by Governors of a number of states to recognize the importance of the school/family connection. This can obviously mean a lot of different things to a lot of people, but it might be one more good “excuse” to initiate a conversation […]