Parents and families in districts with a total of 150,000 students could benefit from programs that received the promise of Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grants from the U.S. Department of Education today, as long as each program can raise 10 percent of the grant's total value by December 7.

Schools looking for ways to connect with parents using technology must sometimes teach parents how to make digital connections.

Election Day is Nov. 6, and parents must decide what they will tell their children and what attitudes they will convey about the importance of voting. Meanwhile, schools appear to be playing less of a role in civic engagement, a non-profit's analysis shows.

At 70 Chicago public schools with low parent-involvement scores, parents who attend a conference for their children will receive a $25 "Balance Rewards" card at Walgreen's.

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.


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