Families & the Community Opinion

The Role of the K-12 Parent

Increasingly, parents are playing a role in the transformation of schools and school districts. In cities across the country and in many states, parents and parent groups are forming coalitions, lobbying lawmakers, creating new schools, and generally bringing about change in the K-12 education landscape. And yet, many parents remain on the sidelines of their children’s education.

The Commentaries and multimedia below offer different perspectives on the changing nature of parent empowerment and the role that family engagement can play in student achievement. This Commentary special section is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.

BRIC ARCHIVE
Bob Dahm
Families & the Community Commentary Why I Wrote a Parent-Trigger Law
Gloria Romero, November 5, 2013
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Bob Dahm
Families & the Community Commentary Great Teaching Draws in Families
Steven Sheldon, November 5, 2013
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Bob Dahm
Families & the Community Commentary Parents Can Inform Meaningful School Change
Karran Harper Royal, November 5, 2013
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Bob Dahm
Families & the Community Commentary Missing: A National Education Policy for Low-Income Families
Arnold F. Fege, November 5, 2013
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Families & the Community Commentary What Do Parents Want?
November 5, 2013