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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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Employing Restorative Measures to Stop Bullying
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on September 4, 2013
   

Back to school is here and the topic of Bullying in schools in on everyone’s mind. We now know that exclusionary discipline harms children and communities. In this blog-post I share some useful tools that I learned at a recent conference that focused on Restorative Justice Discipline for schools.

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Common Core Standards: What Parents Need to Know
By Ryan M. Tracy on March 25, 2013
   

Leveling the educational playihg field for all students regardless of their zip code is what Common Core Standards are deemed to provide. But we will need the support of our parents to truly initiate these standards in our states.

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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?

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Stop! Stereotypes of Parents Must Go!
By Ryan M. Tracy on January 10, 2013
   

Stereotypes of parents hinder parent engagement work! We must see people like we want them to see us: as people with thoughts, feelings, emotions, hopes and dreams.

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This Week's #PTchat - Recognizing Students for In & Out of School Accomplishments
By Joe Mazza on November 26, 2012
   

In June, we spent an hour on #PTchat talking about whether Awards Assemblies were best for all kids. We agreed it was good to recognize students for all they do, but one takeaway highlighted how difficult it is for some students to be a part of the audience when year after year, their names are NOT the ones called, even if they made great strides during the school year.

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This Week's #PTChat: Partnerships: From Core Beliefs to Practice
By Joe Mazza on November 19, 2012
   

Join us on this week's #PTchat as we take a look at the research on creating and building a home-school partnership, while sharing examples what this looks like in today's schools.

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This Week's #PTChat: Making Home Visits Successful
By Joe Mazza on November 6, 2012
   

This week’s Parent-Teacher Chat on Twitter focuses on “home visits” made by educators to engage families. Virginia Supt. Dr. Steve Constantino and Iowa Principal JimmyCasas will join us as experienced resources for this discussion.

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Connecting with Parents Collaboratively
By Dr. Joni Samples on October 26, 2012
   

Not sure how to Connect with Parents or even why it's a good idea? Research over decades shows it works. Better grades/test scores, better attendance, and more likely to graduate. Yet we still resist. Why?

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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.

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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.

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