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Parent Involvement

Strengthening the School-to-Home Link

Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd

The school to home link is very important to me. Many people view today's education as starting and stopping in the classroom. Learning is an ongoing process and needs to continue from the classroom to home and back again.

Reading Strategies For Parents

Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home
Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd

We all know that outside reading is a significant part of growth for the beginning reader. But when students spend a majority of their day reading in class, how can you motivate them to read outside of class time? Couple that with busy parents who want to believe that additional reading is not as necessary since we read a ton in class and skills can be lost before they become solid.

The Future of Title I - 2040

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Robert E. Slavin

When you get to a certain age, you find increasing evidence that you've been yammering on the same topics for a very long time, usually to no great benefit. I just made one of those discoveries. Going through some old publications, I found a 1991 article I wrote on the future of Title I.

Education: Start Young, Involve Parents, Empower Children and Be Patient

Terry N. Ford | Posted 10.25.2016 | Home
Terry N. Ford

I'm often asked what works in education. After starting and leading public schools in Texas for nearly four decades, my response is straightforward: Start young, involve parents, empower children in their own development and be patient in fostering their eventual success.

Parents Aren't Teachers -- They're Parents

Kent Pekel | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Kent Pekel

At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children's learning. I also noted that many of them promised to make family engagement a key component of their efforts to support students and improve schools.

NEA and National PTA Encourage Nation to Celebrate American Education Week

Otha Thornton | Posted 01.18.2015 | Home
Otha Thornton

Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, a renewed call to all citizens -- parents, teachers, education support professionals, elected officials, community leaders, and yes, students -- to make our schools great for all Americans.

Family Engagement: The Top of Everyone's Back-to-School Checklist

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Home
Carla Thompson

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school?

Empowering Families to Set All Children on the Path to Success

Carla Thompson | Posted 08.03.2014 | Home
Carla Thompson

Contrary to being overrated, this significant body of research further emphasizes the need for us all to see all families as powerful contributors to their children's education and for schools and communities to work more authentically to create opportunities for parents to be engaged.

5 Tips for Transparent Parent-Teacher Communication

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Home
Anjali Joshi

Teacher-bashing has become a commonplace and even an acceptable practice among parents of school-going children. Somewhere along the way, parents and teachers went from being on the same team -- respected caregivers and educators of children -- to enemies at war.

Conservatives Don't Really Care About Improving Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Home
Dale Hansen

No one is suggesting that we can't improve educational outcomes but pretending that a severely biased reading of an immaterial report somehow confirms the need for highly suspect partisan solutions could be the best example of where our school systems really do need to improve.

A Tricky Skate: Raising Talented Children

Laura Stepp | Posted 04.23.2014 | Home
Laura Stepp

When Olympic skeleton driver Noelle Pikus-Pace zoomed face-down on her sled to the finish line of a frozen track, then realized her time was fast enough to win a silver medal, she blew off reporters, photographers and microphones. She had to find her family first.

Coddling, Competition and the Common Core

Wendy S. Grolnick | Posted 02.01.2014 | Home
Wendy S. Grolnick

Parents feel that they are pawns in a race to outperform other countries. Parents don't care about how their kids are faring in relation to Finland or South Korea. They care about the education and well-being of their children.

Coddling, Competition, and the Common Core

Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal

We need to change the rhetoric.

Springboard Collaborative Avoided a Sophomore Slump

Jessie Fox | Posted 11.18.2013 | Home
Jessie Fox

The bottom line is this: buried under the depressing headlines about an educational system crumbling before our eyes, there is at least a glimmer of hope. Students want to be better and parents want to be involved. This ain't summer school, indeed.

Not Your Mother's PTA

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Home
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Do you think PTA is synonymous with bake sales? Think again -- today's PTA is about a lot more than cupcakes.

Can Parents Save American Education?

Jean Johnson | Posted 07.22.2013 | Home
Jean Johnson

Most American parents readily agree with the premise that parents are a crucial ingredient in a child's educational success. But what exactly do we mean by "parental involvement"?

Schools Making Bribes For What?!

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.31.2012 | Money

Parents have long debated whether or not it's healthy to bribe kids to do things like finish their homework on time or eat all of their vegetables. Bu...

Back to School Toolkit for Working Parents

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 10.24.2012 | Home
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Today's parents are stressed and scheduled to the limit. Parents who work long hours are not available during the day, and may not be inclined to leave home in the evening. So what's a concerned parent to do?

Why Parents Shouldn't Take a Summer Break from Schools

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Summer is not the time to take a break from school involvement. If parents are shy about contacting district officials, they can always get in touch with their parent organization leaders.

The Questions Parents Have for Officials Who Propose Closing Schools

Jean Johnson | Posted 02.25.2012 | Home
Jean Johnson

Officials need to think carefully about what closing a school means to parents and local residents.

What Does Parental Involvement In A Big City School District Really Look Like?

Steven Wasko | Posted 02.11.2012 | Detroit
Steven Wasko

Have you convinced yourself that it's the lack of parental engagement that will inhibit even the most courageous educational reform platforms? Think again.

Beyond The Conference: Teachers Should Grade Parents, Says Florida Lawmaker

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As lawmakers continue to debate education reform, Florida Rep. Kelli Stargel has a new idea: give teachers a break and grade parents instead. Stargel...

The Education of Student Success: Top 10 Family Responsibilities to Help Their Student Avoid Failure

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Younger families coming up through the system can't cut-and-run from our public schools in their indecision of how to educate their own children. The problems that plague some of our schools belong to us all.

For Kids' Sake, Let's Connect Parents and Schools

Suzie Boss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Suzie Boss

Let's continue the conversation about how to connect school and home. And let's keep finding new ways to bring parents inside the school doors.

Rhee and Klein's 'Manifesto' -- the Usual Nonsense

Ilana Garon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ilana Garon

It is an ongoing frustration to teachers, counselors, and administrators alike that the parents we really need to speak to can never be tracked down