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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?

Parents Hold the Key to Success for Common Core State Standards

National Council of La Raza | Posted 08.17.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

By Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President, Programs, NCLR It's the time of year that millions of students look forward to: donning caps and gowns and wal...

Not Your Mother's PTA

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

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.

The Evolution of Parent-School Engagement

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 08.18.2013 | Parents
Daniel Donahoo

We need to look beyond the roles of parents on school boards and fundraising committees and consider how we engage them more fully in the school and teaching experience.

Presidential Politics and Education

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

On the campaign trail this week, President Obama and Mitt Romney gave television interviews focused on education. They discussed their policy differences and ideas.

Parents Know Best: Let's Start Acting Like It

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Why is the education community so fearful of increased parental involvement? Isn't that what we say we want? The answer lies somewhere at the intersection of power and control.

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.

Why Not Embrace School Vouchers?

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

No education reform measure evokes as much rabid and intense opposition as does private school choice. Is public school system preservation really more important than properly educating as many children possible?

Teacher Bonuses In Idaho To Depend On Parents

AP | By JESSIE L. BONNER | Posted 12.30.2011 | Education

BOISE, Idaho -- Parents across Idaho will now play a role in whether or not their child's teacher gets a raise. Teacher bonuses in more than two doze...

You Don't Have to Deny the Arts To Succeed: MS223 in The South Bronx, a 2010 Intel School of Distinction

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Richard Kessler

Ramon Gonzalez and his faculty at MS223 have managed to take time from test prep for reading and math to build in exchange for a quality arts program,...

Waiting for all the Superheroes

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Richard Kessler

The simplicity underscoring much of the present debate belies just how complicated schools can be. The fact of the matter is that educating children is hard, complex, and long-term.