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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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Latest Articles:

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?

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.

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?

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...
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...
How to Revitalize Your School-Parent Compact
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. on May 15, 2012
Does your school have a School-Parent Compact? Is it old and dog-eared -- filed away for no one to see? With the help of the Connecticut Department of Education, your school can revitalize your compact into a meaningful collaborative tool for family engagement!   Read more...
Empowering Children to Realize Their Potential for Good
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed. on May 11, 2012
Student learning takes place both inside of the classroom and out. Here's a valuable lesson that can positively impact both academic and social growth for students.   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...
Want Cooperative Children? Treat Them As If They Are
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on April 24, 2012
By underestimating children's natural inclination for empathy and altruism, adults end up teaching selfishness rather than expanding their repertoire of social skills.   Read more...
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