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» A Culture that Engages Every Family, Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D.

» How to Revitalize Your School-Parent Compact, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.

» How Do You Know if You're Really Open to Partnership, Anne Henderson & Karen Mapp

»PTA--Gateway to Engagement, Advocacy, and Access, Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

» The Power of Asking-Instead of Telling, Jody McVittie, M.D.

» Empathy in Action, Rick Ackerly, Ed.M.

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Alfie Kohn on Parent Involvement in Education
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D. on February 11, 2013

Alfie Kohn, a highly respected leader in the field of education and parenting, asks some critical questions about parent involvement. Are we so focused on how many parents are involved that we've lost sight of the nature of their engagement?

Stop! Stereotypes of Parents Must Go!
By Ryan M. Tracy on January 10, 2013

Stereotypes of parents hinder parent engagement work! We must see people like we want them to see us: as people with thoughts, feelings, emotions, hopes and dreams.

Parent Engagement Work Yields Hundreds of Parent Graduates
By Ryan M. Tracy on November 17, 2012

Parent Engagement work has to be scaled up to reach the masses of parents. In this article, see how Stand for Children's, Stand UP (University for Parents) program reached hundreds of parents this fall.

This Week's #PTChat - Engaging Grandparents & Family Friends in Our Schools
By Joe Mazza on July 16, 2012

Today, some 7.8 million children live with at least one grandparent in the household as of 2009, up from 4.7 million in 1991, a 64 percent jump, and such children make up a larger share of the population as well. Grandparents are the most common child-care providers for families after parents, particularly for young children. The Census Bureau also found the average time children spent in their grandparents’ care also increased, from 13 hours a week in 2005 to 14 to 16 hours per week in 2006.

Nurturing a Child's Multiracial Identity
By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Ed.D. on June 15, 2012

We are witnessing a great demographic change in the dramatic increase in the number of children who come from backgrounds that are mixed in racial, ethnic, cultural, national, religious, or other ways. Census data shows that the multiracial population of American children has increased almost 50 percent since 2000, to 4.2 million, making it the fastest growing youth group in the country.

Why Get Engaged if Nothing is Wrong?
By Ryan M. Tracy, Th.M. on June 13, 2012

A large number of parents across all ethnic groups believe schools are doing such a good job at preparing children for college and teaching them basic skills that they don't need to be engaged in their child's education! What? Do parents understand the data? And how can we help them understand the data so that it can inform conversations and actions?

Lessons From a Dragon Mom
By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, EdD on April 17, 2012
While you may have realized that you are no Tiger Mom, you may have also decided that you are not a Dragon Mom either. These parents are portrayed by Emily Rapp in an essay in The New York Times, “Notes from a Dragon Mom,” as, “fierce, loyal and loving as hell.”    Read more...
My Tiger Mom�s Subtle Ways
By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Ed.D. on February 28, 2012
I never thought of mine as a Tiger Mom. She was nothing like Amy Chua in her captivating book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Mine was an easy-going Japanese mother who simply encouraged us to do our best in school by having high expectations and setting a good example as a hard-working parent. I used this comforting image to justify my own laid back approach to parenting and the belief that motivation to learn had to come from within the child.   Read more...
Help! My Child is so Intense and Sensitive!
By Paula J. Hillmann, PhD, LPC on February 18, 2012
I received a call the other day from a mom who was having difficulty with her son’s ‘melt-downs’ over what should be only minor problems. “Please help me!” she said. “Tommy cries at the slightest thing – what can we do to stop this behavior?” Can we “stop” a child's feelings of intensity and sensitivity? Probably not – since they are part of your child’s personality “package.” Can we “change” the behavior? YES!   Read more...
Parents: Do You Know Your Rights?
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on February 14, 2012
Are you one of those parents who is afraid to speak up on behalf of your child because you are afraid of retaliation? Actually, the opposite is true. Knowing and exercising your rights as a parent can help your child succeed in school. An informed and involved parent is a child's best advocate. The parent who advocates for his or her child gets better results than those who remain silent. Here's a Parents' Bill of Rights for you.   Read more...
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