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Welcome to ParentNet® Unplugged, where we invite frank conversations about family engagement in education. Browse, share, and participate in the dialogue! Together, we can build effective family-school-community partnerships that advance children's social, emotional, and intellectual learning and development.

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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.
Parent Engagement in Education: Drama or Empowerment?
By David Emerald Womeldorff [Guest Article] on January 2, 2010
There is a dynamic dance that often occurs between student, parent(s) and school. TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic) shows how parents and school can partner -- as coaches and challengers -- to create systems that support the student in his or her growth and development.    Read more...
Developing the Fully-Engaged Parent
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D & Susan Grijalva, M.A. on December 9, 2009
This model, developed through work with over thirty schools participating in ParentNet, depicts the relationship between schools and parents by defining five categories of parental involvement. Each category is discussed; showing how various types of involvement contributes to the success of the school community and to student success. A new way of understanding the relationship of parents and schools, the authors urge a paradigm shift in thinking how to build collaborative partnerships.   Read more...
Parent Engagement or Involvement?
By Larry Ferlazzo [Guest Article] on September 27, 2009
An excerpt from Larry Feriazzo's book, "Building Parent Engagement in Schools," this article points out important differences between "involvement" and "engagement." When "engagement" is the dominant process, schools support students by developing parent relationships and work with parents to improve their local communities.   Read more...
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