Parent Engagement

Building Better Relationships With Parents at the Classroom, School, and District Level

Summary:  This article attests to the importance of partnering with parents, especially during remote learning, to help ensure student participation and success.  The author suggests several ways to improve relationships between the school and the home and lists a number of resources that could be helpful in building these relationships. Source: Heather Wolpert-Gawron,  Edutopia, November …

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4 Questions Every School Leadership Team Must Ask

Summary:  This article focuses on the work of school leadership teams and the necessity for these teams to focus on the act of teaching and learning.  The author poses four questions which stimulate discussion in team meetings as to how to make student learning authentic. Source:  Peter DeWitt, Education Week, November 22, 2020 Description:  “School …

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Facilitating Dialogue About the Coronavirus Among Students

Summary:  This article provides some guidance about how to engage children in dialogue about critical issues such as the coronavirus.  The strategies are based on the STAT (Students Taking Action Together) program which was designed to help generate discussion and debate on issues that are both relevant and important. Source:  Lauren Fullmer, Ed.D., Summit, NJ Public …

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Educators Get Creative To Serve Students With Disabilities

Summary:  This article talks about the difficulties associated with providing appropriate services to special needs students while engaged in distance learning.  Several examples are given where teachers offer some solutions to this problem. Source:  Elissa Nadworney, NPR, April 15, 2020 Description:  “As schools and learning have moved online, one of the biggest challenges has been providing …

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10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home

Summary:  This article offers a series of tips that families can follow to help students keep developing their social-emotional learning.  The author who is founder and CEO of Move This World, acknowledges that social-emotional skills need consistent practice just like learning to dribble a basket ball.  Using this social-distancing time as an opportunity to develop and use …

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Video Chats, Phone Calls, Postcards: Teachers Rebuild Connections With Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

Summary:  This article addresses the need for teachers to maintain connections with their students during the distance learning caused by the national Coronavirus crisis.  Educators from around the country make suggestions as to how they connect with their students even though schools are closed. Source:  Sara Schwartz, Education Week, April 3, 2020 Description:  “Teachers and students …

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Coping With Stress of Coronavirus Crisis a Challenge for California’s Students

Summary:  This article provides some insight on the stress and anxiety that the coronavirus is causing as students move to online instruction.  Views from students from various grade levels are presented to show how this outbreak has affected their lives.  Coping strategies are also suggested in the article. Source: Patrick Hoge, EdSurge, March 23, 2020 Description:  …

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The Power of Positive Communication

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of positive parent communication.  The author suggests ways to communicate with the home and ways to track this communication so that no student (or family) is left out of the loop. Source:  Laura Huddleston, Edutopia, October 11, 2019 Description:  “The demands of teaching can feel overwhelming at times, and …

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5 Communities Receive $30K in Grants Supporting SEL

Summary:  This article shares the results of the America’s Promise “How Learning Happens” Program.  The grant awards are meant to support SEL efforts both within and outside of schools by bringing a community focus to the work done in SEL.   Source: Shawna De La Rosa Education DIVE, September 20, 2019 Description:  “America’s Promise Alliance has awarded $30,000 …

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Community Liaisons Help Schools Reach Out to Parents of Color

Summary:  This article reports on efforts by the Minneapolis School District to engage community groups representing a variety of cultures to help build parent engagement in the schools.  “This outreach is part of the “parent participatory evaluation” method, which is being implemented by districts around the country with the intention of collecting better data from …

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