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Parent Involvement

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

Carla Thompson | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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.

5 Tips for Transparent Parent-Teacher Communication

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
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 | Education
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 | Parents
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 | Education
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 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal

We need to change the rhetoric.

Springboard Collaborative Avoided a Sophomore Slump

Jessie Fox | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
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 | 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.

Can Parents Save American Education?

Jean Johnson | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
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 | Education
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 | 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.

The Questions Parents Have for Officials Who Propose Closing Schools

Jean Johnson | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
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 | Education

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 | Education
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 | Education
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 | Education
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

Clarence Page, WFS and Truth and Democracy

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Our schools can only be saved by massive doses of truth and democracy.

Will Parents Be Next to Get School "Reformers'" Broom?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Once Bill Gates, D.C. Supt. Michelle Rhee and the "Waiting for 'Superman'" crowd are done drawing and quartering teachers, are they going to come after us parents?

Parents shut out: the Obama administration's approach to education reform

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonie Haimson

I just published an opinion piece in Education Week, co-authored with Julie Woestehoff of Chicago's Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) e...