Parent Involvement

The latest news about parent involvement in education, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Cindy Marten walks with Jasmine Nevarez, 5, the girl's mother, Jessica Lopez, and other parents to a nearby middle school last week. Ms. Marten, who soon takes the reins of the San Diego district, planned the trip as part of a parent-involvement effort.
—Sandy Huffaker for Education Week

San Diego Superintendent Pick Has Deep Parent Ties

Parent groups will be on the ground floor as an elementary school principal vaults to the helm of San Diego's school system. (March 26, 2013)

Spotlight on Parent and Community Involvement

Research indicates that students benefit when their parents are engaged in their learning and schools.

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K-12, Parents, and the Public Blog

06/27 09:13 pm | Survey Finds Parents Conflicted About Time Dedicated to Testing Students | Parents say assessments and test prep are stealing instructional time away from their children, according to a new survey.

Charters & Choice Blog

07/09 02:06 pm | What Voucher Advocates Can Learn From the Charter School Movement | Even though voucher programs and charter schools started at roughly the same time, the charter sector has grown much faster. A new report outlines the best practices the ...

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Bringing the Community to Schools
The SUN Community School model was discussed during this webinar, with a focus on how it supports students and families.

Engaging Parents in Schools and Student Learning
In this webinar, our guests discussed why parent engagement matters, and offered practices that schools can use to create systems that support family and community engagement.

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Donald E. Heller, the dean of the college of education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, explains why he reluctantly supported his daughter’s decision to drop out of high school.
June 27, 2014 - Education Week
H. Richard Milner's search for a high-quality, diverse preschool for his daughters revealed early-education inequities.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
A measure passed by the Louisiana legislature would give teams of teachers, administrators, and parents wide latitude in setting graduation and promotion requirements for students with disabilities.
May 30, 2014 - Education Week
Interest in the controversial school choice option known as the parent trigger has declined sharply in state legislatures this year.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
Angered by Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to rescind co-location agreements for some charter schools, thousands of protesters took their fight to the state capitol.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Elementary school teacher Emily Kilgore found that getting to know one of her students' families spurred on her classroom instruction.
March 11, 2014 - Teacher
As the district's director of family engagement, Tracy Hill is working to give parents the knowledge and tools they need to keep their children on the path to academic success.
March 3, 2014 - Education Week
The drive that advanced the Protestant Reformation should give educators hope and inspiration for their own push to shake up American schools, Clarke L. Rubel says.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
If students think that college is out of reach for their families financially, there's a good chance they will lose interest in school, writes Erich May.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
Caught in the perfect storm of a sour economy, declining home values, legislative tax hesitance, and growing unfunded mandates, a school district leads a campaign to raise local tax and bond levies to save jobs and enhance education.
January 10, 2014 - Education Week

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