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Family Engagement

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

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
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 | Education
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.

10 Ways to Engage Children and Families in Reading With the Power of Technology

Sherri Wilson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Sherri Wilson

Technology provides access to a wealth of books and information, and engaged families help motivate children to read and learn.

The Early Learning Challenge Fund: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Carla Thompson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Carla Thompson

Overall, I am extremely encouraged that the state winners understand the importance of informing, engaging and supporting families in their early learning efforts, so parents can partner with schools to help their children learn and achieve.

What It Takes to Help Children and Families Realize Their Full Potential

Carla Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

A series of conversations on our nation's most pressing education challenges took place last month during NBC News' Education Nation Summit. Focusing ...

Community School Collaborations--A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Martin J. Blank

Guest Bloggers: Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educati...

No Family Left Behind

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Carla Thompson

Every child can succeed regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. The cycle of poverty in which many American families live is breakable; low-income families need to be viewed as assets, not barriers, to their children's success.

Why Parents Shouldn't Take a Summer Break from Schools

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

Move Over Teachers: It's Time to Blame the Parents

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Don't we have enough scapegoats? And isn't it time we focused on engaging, rather than alienating parents?