Families & the Community Obituary

Educator, Author Dorothy Rich Dies

By Alyson Klein — November 03, 2009 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Dorothy Rich, an educator and author who helped champion the idea that parental involvement can make a significant difference in a child’s education, died of cancer Oct. 25 in Washington. She was 77.

A former public school teacher, she founded the Washington-based Home and School Institute in the 1960s. The organization, which attracted the support of such major philanthropies as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, offered materials for parents and teachers to help students master what Ms. Rich called “MegaSkills.”

Those included such skills and attitudes as teamwork, motivation, and responsibility. Ms. Rich called on parents to build on those areas at home, as an important complement to academic work in the classroom. She explained her ideas in several books, including Helping Your Child Succeed in School and MegaSkills: Building Our Children’s Character and Achievement for School and Life.

In a letter to the editor in Education Week last year, Ms. Rich wrote about the importance of the home and school connection for education redesign efforts. “No matter how many changes are made in school, even more significant support and change need to come from the homes from which students come to school,” she wrote. “That’s what brings about real and sustained educational reform.”

Ms. Rich, who earned a doctorate in education from Catholic University, was a former member of the National Assessment Governing Board, the policy-setting panel for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Dorothy Kovitz Rich was born in 1932 and grew up in Monroe, Mich. She is survived by her husband, journalist Spencer Rich, and their two daughters.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the November 04, 2009 edition of Education Week as Educator, Author Dorothy Rich Dies

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Budget & Finance Webinar
The ABCs of ESSER: How to Make the Most of Relief Funds Before They Expire
Join a diverse group of K-12 experts to learn how to leverage federal funds before they expire and improve student learning environments.
Content provided by Johnson Controls
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Modernizing Principal Support: The Road to More Connected and Effective Leaders
When principals are better equipped to lead, support, and maintain high levels of teaching and learning, outcomes for students are improved.
Content provided by BetterLesson
Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Families & the Community Students Need Help to Rebuild Attendance Habits. Here Are 3 Things Schools Can Do Now
A new resource guide offers ways schools can address barriers to school attendance after years of COVID-driven disruption.
2 min read
Image of students boarding a yellow school bus.
Getty
Families & the Community Everyone Vented on Social Media About Schools in the Pandemic
Was any of it productive?
5 min read
Woman wearing a mask and working on her Laptop
Nikola Stojadinovic/E+/Getty
Families & the Community Opinion Parents Are Among Teachers' Best Assets
Don't view parents as obstacles. See them as partners to enhance student learning.
11 min read
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty
Families & the Community Opinion Lessons Teachers Have Learned From Students' Families
Reaching students comes easier if teachers see themselves as equal partners with families.
11 min read
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty