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April 2012 Archives

'National Family Engagement Alliance' Launched

A new network committed to engaging families in education transformation was unveiled this week as part of Parenting Magazine's Mom Congress event in Washington. Called the National Family Engagement Alliance (NFEA), the organization plans to provide resources and support to educate, equip, and mobilize individuals, families, and organizations to ensure student success. The announcement was made by NFEA founder and Chairman Byron V. Garrett during a keynote address to the Mom Congress on April 30 at the National Press Club. "Our vision is to transform education through meaningful family engagement. We are creating a dynamic movement by building a national ...


Missing Girl Prompts Changes in Absence-Notification Policies

After a high school student disappears on the way to school, Bay Area school districts revisit how quickly they notify parents of unexcused absences.


Communities Challenged to Boost Lowest-Performing Schools

The Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge invites schools, national service programs, higher education institutions, and community-based organizations to work together to propel improvement of our lowest-performing schools.


Program Guides NYC 'Head Start' Parents to College Track

Low-income parents whose children attend Head Start in downtown New York City now have a chance to get a jump start on education themselves.


'Parent Engagement' Questions Create Buzz

Questions about promoting parent engagement create quite a buzz in the educational community.


Community Organizes to Save Neighborhood School in Philadelphia

E.M. Stanton Elementary School, a successful neighborhood public school in Philadelphia, recently survived an attempt to close it down.


'Tis the Season to Weigh In on School Budgets

As many school districts begin to finalize their budgets this spring, it is the perfect time for parents to get involved in the budget process, says one blogger.


Van Delivers Education, Info for Hard-to-Reach Parents

To reach out to parents in Rancho Cordova, Calif., a van equipped with laptops and WiFi, a Smartboard, books, and binders visits public schools and the local library.


Virginia PTA Wins National Recognition for Parent Engagement

An elementary school in Fairfax, Va., wins honors from the National PTA for its parent engagement efforts.


Boosting Parent Engagement in Majority African American High Schools

A Johns Hopkins academic studies parents' involvement, and lack of involvement, in a predominantly African American inner-city high school.


Pro-Voucher Group Launches Parent Engagement Campaign

The American Federation for Children, a pro-voucher group, launched a new campaign called "Parents Know Best" to engage parents in pursuing better educational options for their children.


National Initiative Seeks Community Partners to Improve U.S. Schools

Together for Tomorrow is a new "all hands on deck" initiative encouraging parents and community partners to help students in persistently low-performing schools.


Involving Parents in Partnerships to Boost Student Outcomes

Successful school, family and community partnership programs require eight essential elements, according to the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS).


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