Rahm Emanuel’s “Transactional” Perspective On Parent Involvement/Engagement

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 […]

“school districts across the country are doing a terrible job of being responsive to parents” who want to opt-out of testing

Yesterday, I posted about the unwise response by administrators in Chicago and Colorado to parents who want to opt-out their children from standardized testing. Today, Esther Cepeda, with whom I usually disagree, came out with a column condemning that administrative response. Here are a couple of excerpts: But though I believe standardized testing is essential, […]

Former Chicago Superintendent Realizes He’s “Former” Because He Didn’t Engage Parents

Thanks to Alexander Russo, I learned about a recent interview with the former Superintendent of Chicago Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard. He lost his job after the major Chicago teachers strike. Here’s an excerpt: We severely underestimated the ability of the Chicago Teachers’ Union to lead a massive grassroots campaign against our administration. It’s a lesson for […]

“Program to Bridge the Gap With Parents Draws Fire”

Program to Bridge the Gap With Parents Draws Fire is the headline on a New York Times article today about issues in Chicago. It’s not surprising, considering Mayor Emanuel’s perspective on parent engagement. See: Schools, And Parent Engagement, Don’t Seem To Be Rahm Emanuel’s Strong Suit Rahm Emanuel’s “Transactional” Perspective On Parent Involvement/Engagement

The Worst Parent Engagement Ideas

I’ve posted a lot about good parent engagement/involvement ideas, but sometimes you can learn just as much from looking at bad examples. You can see lots of good ideas at all my parent engagement-related “The Best” lists here. Here are my choices for The Worst Parent Engagement Ideas: Putting Parents in Charge is a condescending […]

“What Parent Engagement Posts Did Readers Find Most “Engaging” This Past Quarter?

Post Rank uses a variety of ways to measure level of “engagement” that readers have with specific blog posts. I have a constantly updated “widget” on my blog’s sidebar that lists these posts, but I thought a quarterly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself. Here’s a listing of […]