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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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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?

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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...
 
   
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...
 
   
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...
 
   
Parent Power: Be Engaged in Your School District's Budget Process
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on April 10, 2012
   
Have you heard that your school district is closing schools, raising class size, or eliminating arts education? Has anyone asked you to attend a budget meeting or write a letter to the local media about looming budget cuts? As a concerned and engaged parent, it's time you got involved. Parents have power in determining how their school districts spend money. Speak up to preserve programs and services that are important to your children!   Read more...
 
   
Parents and Teachers as Allies for Student Success
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. on March 20, 2012
   
How can teachers and parents work together as allies for student success? Margery B. Ginsberg, Ph.D., associate professor of education at the University of Washington provides insights that improve two-way communication and create school improvement partnerships   Read more...
 
   
Bringing PRIDE to Parent Engagement
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed. on March 15, 2012
   
Parental Engagement is not for the feint of heart. It is tough, often messy and not always popular. If this were your day job, you'd use up all of your vacation days, but alas...   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...
 
   
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