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Welcome to ParentNet® Unplugged, where we invite frank conversations about family engagement in education. Browse, share, and participate in the dialogue! Together, we can build effective family-school-community partnerships that advance children's social, emotional, and intellectual learning and development.
 

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Help! When Should my Child Start Kindergarten?
By Paula J. Hillmann, PhD, LPC on March 8, 2012
   
I just finished watching the March 4, 2012 60 Minutes segment on “red-shirting” and knew immediately this was the topic for my next ParentNet Unplugged blog. OH MY! (as Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz). If you are a parent struggling with decisions related to when to enroll your child in kindergarten, this blog is for you! What IS the yellow brick road?    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...
 
   
Urban Parents of Color Discuss Family Engagement
By Mary Johnson [Guest Article] on May 3, 2011
   
Collaboratively created by urban parents of color, this article discusses seven types of family involvement that engage parents as equal partners in education. Parent-U-Turn is a non-profit organization that has assisted first generation, linguistically-diverse, and low income immigrant families to better navigate schools and work torward higher education.
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Especially for Latino Parents: Get Involved with your Teens
By Mariela Dabbah [Guest Article] on February 2, 2011
   
Mariela Dabbah, author of numerous books on Latino parent involvement, bridges the cultural divide, helping parents understand their roles in the American school system and in the education of their child. This article, excerpted with permission from her successful book, "Help Children Succeed in High School and Go to College," teaches Latinos how to support their children in high school by identifying mentors, keeping channels of communication open, helping with the choice of courses, etc.   Read more...
 
   
Engage Every Parent: Identifying Goals for Parent Engagement
By Nancy Tellett-Royce & Susan Wootten [Guest Article] on January 15, 2011
   
How do we engage every parent? This book by Nancy Tellett-Royce and Susan Wootten, published by Search Institute, provides valuable insights and helpful advice. Just as students have unique personalities and situations, so do parents. Learn how to engage, not just the ones who eagerly volunteer, but others who may not know how to participate.
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ParentNet as a Community of Practice
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. on May 1, 2010
   
Communities of practice and social learning theory as described by Etienne Wenger has profound impact on understanding how parents, schools, and communities learn from one another to generate knowledge that benefits children's growth and development. After years of trying to define ParentNet and its impact on school communities, it is now clear that it is what Wenger calls a "community of practice," a natural and essential part of how we learn as parents.   Read more...
 
   
How Do You Know if You Are Open to Partnership?
By Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp [Guest Article] on April 15, 2010
   
The authors of "Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships," share four core beliefs about parents and schools, discuss why partnerships are important, and ask the essential question, "How do you know you are open to partnership?"  This article, excerpted with permission from their successful book, is filled with thoughtful concepts, excellent examples, and ways to remove the barriers to creating family-school partnerships that work.
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Parent Engagement in Education: Drama or Empowerment?
By David Emerald Womeldorff [Guest Article] on January 2, 2010
   
There is a dynamic dance that often occurs between student, parent(s) and school. TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic) shows how parents and school can partner -- as coaches and challengers -- to create systems that support the student in his or her growth and development.    Read more...
 
   
Developing the Fully-Engaged Parent
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D & Susan Grijalva, M.A. on December 9, 2009
   
This model, developed through work with over thirty schools participating in ParentNet, depicts the relationship between schools and parents by defining five categories of parental involvement. Each category is discussed; showing how various types of involvement contributes to the success of the school community and to student success. A new way of understanding the relationship of parents and schools, the authors urge a paradigm shift in thinking how to build collaborative partnerships.   Read more...
 
   
Parent Engagement or Involvement?
By Larry Ferlazzo [Guest Article] on September 27, 2009
   
An excerpt from Larry Feriazzo's book, "Building Parent Engagement in Schools," this article points out important differences between "involvement" and "engagement." When "engagement" is the dominant process, schools support students by developing parent relationships and work with parents to improve their local communities.   Read more...
 
   
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