Parent Involvement

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

In 2002, Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan stands outside a Chicago high school to announce the names of schools that were selected for planning grants for conversion into smaller schools.
—Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun Times/AP-File

Chicago's Local School Councils 'Experiment' Endures 25 Years of Change

The unique school governance model that gave local parent-majority boards power to hire and fire principals has had some of its authority diluted over the years. (October 7, 2014)

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

11/21 01:38 pm | Report Finds More States Collecting Data to Inform Educators, Parents | States must shift from a compliance-driven approach to a "customer service" based system when sharing student education data with parents, students and educators.

Charters & Choice Blog

11/21 10:25 am | Why NOLA Charters Aren't Returning to the Orleans Parish School Board | Fifteen of the 36 schools that are eligible this year to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, which ran the city's schools before Hurricane Katrina, have voted ...

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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.

PD Directory

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Parent / Family Involvement

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The unique school governance model that gave local parent-majority boards power to hire and fire principals has had some of its authority diluted over the years.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
Jane Ching Fung offers teachers advice on how to talk to families about what the Common Core State Standards mean for their children.
September 23, 2014 - Teacher
August 26, 2014 - Education Week
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

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