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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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School Bus Bullying? Who's Taking Responsibility?
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on June 26, 2012
   

The recent YouTube horror show of seventh graders bullying the school bus monitor is a window into our souls—even into our collective soul. Time to do some soul searching, and a good starting question is Who is taking responsibility and who is not?

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Are Parents of Kindergarteners Ready for School?
By Dr. Joni Samples on June 20, 2012
   

Well, of course my child is ready for Kindergarten! My child is five. It’s time to start school. Everyone starts school at five so my child is ready; ready to read, ready to sit still, ready to be in line, ready to learn math. Okay, maybe not ready to sit still, but the rest is fine. I think. I hope. Oh shoot, my child is ready but am I? Am I ready to let go? Find out in this new Parent Involvement Matters blog.

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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?

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This Week's #PTchat: Bring Your Own Topic!
By Joe Mazza on June 12, 2012
   

On 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

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Children and Social Justice
By Josette Luvmour Ph.D. on June 6, 2012
   
Prejudice is learned behavior, not an innate capacity. Children learn to form negative judgments about others when they themselves are not valued at every age or when their feelings are minimized. A child who develops the innate capacities for self-regulation, self-reflection, trust, and empathy is more likely to engage in social justice. Such development is the result of interactions from caring parents and educators who value emotional connection with each child. Read more….   Read more...
 
   
A Culture that Engages Every Family
By Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D. on May 26, 2012
   
The New Standards for Global Family Engagement ™ start at what we believe to be the most critical component of the ability of schools to engage families and also promote their efficacy. Culture. Shaping a culture that embraces families will ensure that the engagement will be consistent, permeate the organization and be sustained over time.    Read more...
 
   
Parent Involvement Aussie Style
By Dr. Joni Samples on May 22, 2012
   
We may think the US struggles with how to engage families and schools, but you might be surprised to know that other countries are dealing with similar issues. Bendigo, Australia is designated by UNICEF as a Child Friendly City and as such they are addressing ways to help connect parents with their community including their schools. See what Bendigo is doing to help their families. There's more in Australia than just the koalas!   Read more...
 
   
This Week's #PTChat - Engaging More Dads in Schools
By Joe Mazza on May 20, 2012
   
Join us on Wednesday, May 23rd at 9PM EDT as parents and educators share their best ideas on how to best engage Dads in schools. Before you finalize your calendars, make sure you’ve purposefully differentiated for all members of your children’s families. Together, we’ll specifically plan to engage more Dads in 2012-2013.    Read more...
 
   
PTA -- Gateway to Engagement, Advocacy, and Access
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on May 19, 2012
   
Have you shied away from joining PTA because you associate it with the cupcakes your mother made for bake sales? Well, think again. PTA is a lot more than fundraising. Joining PTA will give you many opportunities to become engaged in your children's schools, get acquainted with school staff and other parents, and hone your own talents and skills. Resolve to become an active member in the next school year!   Read more...
 
   
Parent Engagement in Education: Transforming Schools and our Communities
By Myrdin Thompson on May 17, 2012
   
Parents who are actively engaged in their school communities should also be seen as essential partners in community transformation. All voices are needed in the dialogue concerning creating a viable and healthy future for our children.    Read more...
 
   
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