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This Week's #PTchat: Bring Your Own Topic!

By Joe Mazza

ptchatOn Wednesday, June 13th, the #PTchat crew will provide an open chat session to close out the school year and help you create a summer plan to take your family engagement efforts to the next level in 2012-2013.  

We've covered a great deal of topics this school year. Below are all the 12-13 #PTchat topics and archived chats. What is the biggest family engagement strength at your school? What do you hope to improve upon in 12-13? Join us for a planning session on Wednesday night at 9PM EDT / 6PM PST.  

  • "Raising Kids to be Good Cyber Citizens w/ Annie Fox"
  • "What Parents & Teachers Can Do to Combat Summer Learning Loss"
  • "Engaging Dads in Our Schools w/ Mike Hall"
  • "Summer Reading Opportunities for K-12 Students"
  • "Parents Provide Mock Interview to Teachers on what they most look for in prospective teachers."
  • "Middle/High School Family Engagement Efforts"
  • "Flipped Classroom Model & Home-School Implications"
  • "Educational Hashtags and Hashtags Chats for Educators and Parents"
  • "District Leadership's Role in Creating Home-School Partnerships"
  • "Planning a Comprehensive Parent & Community Volunteer Program at Your School"
  • "Sharing Your New Learning w/ Parents
  • "Creating a Family Resource Center in your School Lobby"
  • "Meaningful Report Card Comments to Engage Parents"
  • "Meaningful Homework that Engages Parents"
  • "Parent-Teacher Conferences for Partnerships" - From both the parent & the teacher perspective.
  • "Schools & Families: Strategies for Showing Appreciation"
  • "How Can Schools Partner with ESL/ELL families" w/ Larry Ferlazzo
  • "John Halligan tells Ryan's Story - cyber-bullying, youth depression, suicide"
  • "Most innovative/outside the box ideas on communicating w/ parents"
  • "When Teachers & Parents Disagree"
  • "Parent Leadership Opportunities" w/ Karren Dunkley
  • "Promoting a safe school bus- Strategies for schools/parents to prevent bus bullying" w/ Jim Dillon
  • "Steps parents & teachers must take to put an end to school bullying" w/ Dr. Michele Borba 
  • "Goals/Strategies Schools are employing to raise level of family engagement"
  • "Supporting Parents at home w/ web resources"

New to Twitterchats? After logging on to Twitter, visit Tweetchat and simply enter "ptchat" in the box at the top. Follow along and participate as you as much as you like to join others around the world in this weekly chat. We look forward to engaging your unique and important parent and/or educator perspectives.

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Joe Mazza

Joe is an elementary principal at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a doctoral learner at the University of Pennsylvania studying technology's impact on home-school partnerships. You can follow Joe on Twitter @Joe_Mazza and participate in a weekly #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat) he hosts on Wednesdays at 9PM EST. He also writes a blog aimed to share innovative family engagement ideas for schools called eFACE Today. 


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