I’ve previously posted about the ridiculous rules many charter schools in California have requiring parents to volunteer if they want their children to attend (see L.A. Times Editorial Headline: “Charter schools’ volunteer demands may discourage needy students”). The State of California has now officially declared that schools can’t have those kinds of requirements. You can […]
I’ve previously posted about a report on California charter schools which found that many require parents to volunteer their time as a condition of their child attending the school (see “Concern over charter schools’ requirement for volunteer time”). Now — a little late — the Los Angeles Times has published an editorial commenting on the […]
Concern over charter schools’ requirement for volunteer time is the headline of an article in The San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s how it begins: At least 170 California charter schools are violating the state Constitution by requiring parents to volunteer up to 100 hours a year if they want their kids to participate in field trips […]
I’ve written quite a few posts about the problems with security policies some school districts are instituting. Here’s the latest from Bridgeport, Connecticut: A proposal to keep sex offenders and other criminals out of city schools by doing instant background checks and issuing photo IDs to all visitors could well be jettisoned before it is […]
I’ve written a number of posts about parent volunteers, including school district rules for them. Sometime soon I’ll create a “Best” list of them. For now, though, here are links to two stories that I’ve previously posted about: Pinellas might ease school policy blocking felons from volunteering is from The Tampa Bay Times. N.C. District […]
School Districts need to enter the real world and understand that being undocumented or having made mistakes in their lives doesn’t mean that they cannot help schools. I’ve recently shared about how two school districts are mishandling this situation: Charlotte Schools Say Undocumented Parents Can’t Volunteer In Schools — For Now, At Least “Fla. School […]
Here’s an interesting idea from George Couros: You might also be interested in The Best Sources Of Parent Engagement Advice For Teachers.
Fla. School Board Candidate: Allow Some Parents With Criminal Pasts to Volunteer is the title of a blog post over at Ed Week. Here’s how it begins: A candidate vying for a seat on the Pinellas County School Board in Largo, Fla., this November wants principals to have more control over how the district’s policy […]
Here’s how the article, Solutions elude CMS on undocumented volunteers, in the Charlotte Observer begins: A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools team assigned to find a way undocumented immigrant parents can volunteer in schools is running short on time and even shorter on potential solutions to the hot-button issue. The team’s final meeting is Tuesday, and it has […]
Here’s a potentially useful parent volunteer form posted at the Organized Classroom Blog. Thanks to Joe Mazza and Pernille Ripp for the tip.
I’ve previously posted about the recent National Family Engagement Conference. Ed Central has just published another nice report about it, Family Engagement Is Much More Than Volunteering at School. It’s worth checking-out.
Bill Ferriter sent a tweet out about a site called Sign-Up Genius. It looks like a very easy tool to use to have volunteers sign-up for just about anything, including volunteering at school. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology To Help Engage Parents.
Houston Dad Learns Valuable Lessons Volunteering at School is a good post over at Education Week about a group emphasizing getting fathers involved in schools. Here’s an excerpt: Watch D.O.G.S. is a K-12 father-engagement initiative run by the National Center for Fathering in Kansas City, Mo. Two fathers in Springdale, Ark., founded the program following […]
Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers is a pretty interesting article. Here’s an excerpt: In 2010-11, JCPS got about 22,000 volunteer applications. A majority of the 1,013 reject applications that school year were related to drug offenses, according to JCPS research. The average number of years between the conviction and […]
Do American parents spend too much time volunteering at their kids’ schools? is the title of a recent article in Slate Magazine by Amanda Ripley. I’m no fan of a lot of her writing on education issues, and this article provides more evidence about why I feel that way. She frames her article as an […]
5 Tips for Engaging Parent Volunteers in the Classroom is a useful post from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Parent Engagement Advice For Teachers.
Two Easy Tools Teachers Can Use to Coordinate Parent Volunteers is a useful post by Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology To Help Engage Parents.
I’m not sure how helpful the infographic in this post is, but a related post by Jess Young at Edublogs discusses the survey that led to this infographic and offers a useful “take” on using tech tools for parent involvement. I’m adding his post to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology […]
The Corporation for National and Community Service in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship has just released the results of a survey of parent volunteering in schools. I learned about it from the Hartford Courant, which is where this graphic was originally published. You can also learn more about the study here.
School to Parents: Volunteer or Else! is the title of a post on one of the New York Times’ blogs. It’s about a school district in San Jose that is planning to require 30 volunteer hours a year from each of their 13,000 students (88% of which are poor, according the the article). Now, that’s […]