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Parental Involvement

Inside DPS: Why You Should Never Miss a Parent-Teacher Conference

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 03.27.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

I can hear it already: "Why should we have to incentivize parents to attend parent-teacher conferences?" But here's the thing: It works.

Understanding Parental Involvement

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Effective parent involvement programs are best achieved when the program reflects the circumstances, needs, and potential contributions of families who are a part of the school community.

Beyond Damage Control: Equipping Parents With Real Tools to Support Their Children in Mexico

Sara Vogel | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Sara Vogel

Parents who at one moment didn't even want to set foot in the school to watch their children give oral presentations now do what they can to support the school: They paint the building, sweep the floors, and cook for students and visitors.

Inside DPS: Faces of Volunteers Tell the Real Story

Steven Wasko | Posted 02.28.2012 | Detroit
Steven Wasko

Look a Reading Corps volunteer in the face, or see that familiar red CityYear jacket, or stumble upon the dozens of Quicken Loans staff who have adopted Chrysler School, and you might catch the volunteer fever yourself.

When You've Exhausted All Your Parenting Skills, What's Next?

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 02.15.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

If you're a parent or guardian or even an uncle or aunt, you know the feeling of helplessness when you are at a loss for helping your child or children grow and succeed.

The Crucial Role of Parental Involvement

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Bureaucratic systems often create barriers that prevent teachers from developing effective relationships and discourage parents from taking part in helping students develop their learning skills.

Parents Aren't to Blame for the Achievement Gap: A History of Injustice Is!

Roderick Carey | Posted 11.12.2011 | Education
Roderick Carey

To fully understand the achievement gap in the United States, it's important to consider how closely issues of race, poverty, and educational attainment are woven together.

Are Parents a Privileged Class in Education?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 11.07.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

An astounding number of Monday-morning quarterbacks and backseat drivers persist in bloviating about how to solve real problems in education, claiming their expertise as a former student or being a parent of a student.

Success Starts With Family Engagement

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Earl Martin Phalen

We are in an academic crisis in our nation. Fewer minorities are graduating on time and many are starting school significantly behind their peers. One of the keys to increasing academic achievement is parental and family engagement.

How and Why Urban Schools Fail to Engage Parents of Color

Patricia A. Ackerman | Posted 08.27.2011 | Education
Patricia A. Ackerman

Changed attitudes, values and behavior are the building blocks of empowerment. So, what needs to happen to fix our schools is not rocket science. Priorities for parent involvement need to be changed and alternative approaches explored.

Letter to the Lawrence, Kan. School Board

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Reducing class size, particularly in the early grades, is one of the very few educational strategies proven to increase learning and narrow the achievement gap.

American Excellence: Do Labels Like 'Uncle Tom' or 'Acting White' Stifle High Achievement?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Curtis Valentine

For those minorities who have reached some level of academic achievement, there is a chance they have been ridiculed by someone at least once.

I Am the Most Important Person in My Son's Education

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

But my wife and I are the ones who give him the guidance, the support, the values, the discipline he needs to succeed.

Gayle King and Parental Involvement

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

A great example and advocate of continual parental involvement is Gayle King, the host of the Gayle King Radio Show.

Engaged Parents, Books Are the Keys to Student Achievement

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

Parents are children's first and most important educators, and we must support them, encourage them, and provide them with the tools they need to prepare their own children to succeed in school.

Schools Pull Out All The Stops To Get Parents Involved

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Showing up at your child's school doesn't usually get you cheaper shoes or haircuts but in Detroit, one organization is hoping to use local discounts ...

Say What? Talking with Teens about Sex

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

Talking about "it" at home is crucial because kids who dialogue with their parents about sex, may well be less likely to "do it" before they're ready.

Hell Hath No Fury: The Sodini Murder/Suicide

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

In Mr. Sodini's blog, he says repeatedly, "I have nothing to lose." He had nothing to lose because he (apparently) had no strong, affectionate bonds with anyone and never had.

Parents a Silver Lining for Schools as Great Recession Persists

Bill Jackson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bill Jackson

64% of parents believe that, because of the recession, it is more important for them to volunteer at school now than before. 53% of parents plan to volunteer at their children's school this year.

Candidates Agree On Education Goals, Differ On Path To Get There

Richard Riehl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Riehl

Obama goes into great detail about how to improve schools. McCain's message is much simpler. Public schools should be just one option of many, including home schooling.