Spotlight on Parental Involvement
On Parental Involvement
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The Education Week Spotlight on Parental Involvement is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:
- Building relationships through home visits
- Math workshops for parents to encourage family learning
- Barriers to parental involvement
- Strategies for creating strong family-school-community relationships to benefit student learning
- Working with non-English speaking parents
- Enhancing parent engagement in high schools
- Professional development activities to build teachers' capacity to involve families
- Web resources on parental involvment
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Teacher home visits can create positive connections among families and teachers, and help educators better understand students' and parents' needs, writes Larry Ferlazzo.
August 5, 2009 - Teacher (Web)
Interest is growing in math workshops for parents, which encourage them to take an active role in their children's learning and answer questions and concerns.
February 23, 2009 - Education Week
Low-achieving schools are found to do little to reach out to families.
October 23, 2008 - Education Week
Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp, are key voices in the national discussion on family engagement. In Part I, they address how to overcome obstacles in the parent-teacher relationship. First of two parts.
May 6, 2008 - Teacher
Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp are key voices in the national discussion on family engagement. With input from their colleagues, Henderson and Mapp discuss strategies for teachers, parents, and administrators who are looking to build family-school partnerships.Last of two parts.
May 14, 2008 - Teacher
In response to research showing a connection between parental involvement and student achievement, districts nationwide have launched initiatives to increase community engagement with schools. Yet many schools find it difficult to sustain parent involvement beyond the parent-teacher conference.
September 4, 2009 - Education Week
"For too long, schools have assigned parents the role of fundraiser and bake-sale booster. Let’s launch a national campaign that draws them more deeply into their children’s education,” say Bill Jackson & Leanna Landsmann.
January 21, 2009 - Education Week
"Telling children that school is valuable is a lot less effective than showing them it is by being involved in what they are doing there," says teacher Daniel Ordorica.
January 5, 2009 - Education Week
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