April 2012 Archives

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 ...

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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


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