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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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Connecting is the Key to Educating
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on May 27, 2013

Connecting is the key to educating. The relationship we build may not be the only thing we accomplish when we teach, but it is far ahead of whatever else is in second place.

This Week's #PTChat: Make this Year's Back to School Night Your Best Yet!
By Joe Mazza on August 26, 2012

The new school year is here. It's time to meet your new families and begin developing that strong home-school partnership to lean on throughout the school year. Back to School Night is oftentimes your first impression to set the tone for a fantastic school year.

Constructive Parent Involvement on the First Day of School: Five Disciplines for Parental Anxiety
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on August 22, 2012

Not all parent engagement with school is helpful; some parent involvement can actually interfere with children’s education. When a parent and teacher work together to empower each child they can change the game of school from a game of abilities and achievement to a game of learning from struggle, challenge, mistakes, conflict and disappointment, and becoming stronger, smarter, more adaptive people and bring out the genius in every child.

Teaching to the Test is not Education
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on May 8, 2012
A child’s relationship with learning has nothing to do with testing. Teaching to the test is not education and actually reduces a student’s love for learning. Standardized testing does not even give us a good reading on a student’s learning or an educator’s effectiveness.
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.
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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