October 2012 Archives

Jennifer Carlton is the new point person for parent and community outreach in Indiana. On behalf of state schools chief Tony Bennett and the Indiana education department, she is launching the state's inaugural Office of Parent and Community Engagement.

When the Nellie Mae Education Foundation awarded $16.4 million in grants to four New England school districts earlier this year, the philanthropy required a community partnership component for each district.

The recently released "Promising Partnership Practices 2012" features 92 ways schools are partnering with parents and the community to improve education. It is a publication of the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Since 1995, the Parent Mentor Program of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago has been giving parents in a low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking area an opportunity to assist in their children's schools. Principals must welcome the program for it to work.

It's "showcase season" when school districts with choice programs are trying to woo parents and students to their particular program. Palm Beach County, Fla., had a record turnout of 12,000 attendees at its most recent showcase.

The president of the Maryland Foster Parent PTA recommends that students attend parent-teacher meetings, to show the children that a team is supporting them, and holding them accountable.

Community engagement that supports school improvement received national attention today with the recognition of 31 organizations as Together for Tomorrow (TFT) Challenge winners for the 2012-2013 school year.

While "Won't Back Down," showing in movie theaters nationwide, is Hollywood's fictionalized treatment of a parent-trigger law, a documentary called "Parent Power" focuses on parent organizing in New York City and has been making the rounds in more than 50 cities.

Parents who want their children to succeed in school have more influence over that outcome than the schools themselves, says a study by researchers from three universities.

A new Education Week Spotlight covers the issues of parent empowerment and school choice. It is available for free download.

A class action lawsuit in Idaho seeks to stop school districts from charging fees, while another such lawsuit in California is dismissed by the American Civil Liberties Union because a recent law was enacted addressing the practice.

The push is on to explain the Common Core State Standards to the core people in most students' lives—their parents.

To successfully reform struggling schools, policy makers need to involve community members in the solution—and that is rarely done, according to a report released today.


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