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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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I Don't Think There's an App for That
By Dr. Steven M. Constantino on January 22, 2013

With the increased use of technology, social media, and apps for just about everything in our lives, there is a limit to what technology can do to foster real family engagement in schools. While the apps developed for family engagement are impressive, do they really engage anyone?

Open Mic Night at #PTChat
By Joe Mazza on October 30, 2012

This week, we're providing a special 60-day school-year check-in and opening up the conversation to your individual and school needs. How do you struggle with engaging families?

This Week's #PTChat: The Connected Parent: What does it mean for kids?
By Joe Mazza on October 8, 2012

As social media continues to expand its global reach at an astronomical pace (460,000 new registrations per day on Twitter), parents are taking note. 80% of those 460K sign-ups are between the ages of 18-35 - the age of many of our elementary school parents here in 2012.

This Week's #PTChat: Do Engaged Families Need Support?
By Joe Mazza on September 24, 2012

Some refer to the balancing act of “Tiger Mom” vs. “Dolphin Mom.” While these words are extreme, they do offer a range of perspectives in play in the homes of today’s students. What effects do each have on children? Can we push a child too far? Ask them to study or practice too much? Where does the responsibility lie in communicating what is best for the student with parents?

This Week's #PTChat: Internet Safety & Digital Citizens
By Joe Mazza on September 10, 2012

As we prepare our students and children for the 21st Century, there is a certain responsibility required when educating students on how to practice safe and responsible usage of online information. The positives of technology integration include collaboration and increased productivity, but in order for students to demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning, we must instill practices when preparing students for appropriate Internet.

This Week's #PTChat: Raising Kids to Be Good Cyber Citizens
By Joe Mazza on June 4, 2012
Annie Fox joins #PTchat this Wednesday night, June 6th at 9PM EDT to discuss the ways parents and teachers can raise kids to be good cyber citizens. We will discuss appropriate strategies for students in kindergarten through high school during our one hour chat.    Read more...
This Week's #PTChat: Ways to Combat Summer Learning Loss
By Joe Mazza on May 29, 2012
As another school year comes to a close, we begin summer vacation. This week’s Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat ) on Twitter takes a look at the ways we can keep the learning going through the summer.
This Week's #PTchat: Summer Reading Programs for K-12 Students
By Joe Mazza on May 14, 2012
It's getting closer to June, which means summer vacation for many students will be here before we know it. Some schools require summer reading lists to be completed and others do not. Elementary schools and secondary schools oftentimes look very different in terms of the expectations for summer reading.   Read more...
This Week's #PTChat: Crafting the Partnership
By Joe Mazza on May 7, 2012
What do parents look for in their child's teachers? As a parent, if you could stress the importance of one thing to support a new teacher, what would it be? Crafting the "partnership" is the focus of this week’s combined #PTchat / #NTchat on Twitter.   Read more...
This Week's #PTChat: Middle & High School Family Engagement Strategies
By Joe Mazza on April 30, 2012
This week's 5/2 Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat) on Twitter. According to the Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit provided by the Harvard Family Research Project and the United Way, family engagement tends to drop off as teens enter high school because families are intimidated by the high school environment and feel less confident about supporting their teen’s academic progress at that level.   Read more...
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