Parent Empowerment

The latest news about efforts to bolster parent influence in school-level education policy.

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How Parents Widen—or Shrink—Academic Gaps

Middle-class parents are more adept than low-income families at navigating the social networks that link their children to school opportunities. (April 18, 2017)

Coverage of parent-empowerment issues is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, at www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org.

Spotlight on Parent Empowerment and Choice

This Spotlight looks at new initiatives that have placed parents front-and-center on the national education reform stage, offering them opportunities to directly shape their children's education.

K-12, Parents, and the Public Blog

12/06 04:50 pm | Parent Media Use, Attitudes Probed By New Study | Common Sense Media released a new study which measured the limits parents put on their children's media use, and how much time they spend with media themselves.

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Common Core State Standards: Bringing Parents on Board
Our webinar guests talk about the common challenges that districts face in making the common core understandable to parents, and explain how school systems can address parents' fears and misgivings about the standards.

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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“If working parents have to stop at school everyday and that is a major reason they don’t take transit, then why don’t we create mobility hubs around public schools?” said Proshonjit Mitra, a graduate student studying information management at the University of Washington.
October 20, 2018 – AP
New forces are building around the need for schools and educators to forge deeper connections with families to support student learning.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
According to new research, parents are an untapped resource in promoting STEM motivation, writes one psychology professor.
May 23, 2018 – Education Week
Author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson considers the role of homework in the academic lives of children—an issue that is still up for debate.
April 19, 2018 – Education Week
It's time to elevate family structure as an influential factor in academic success, argues Fordham Institute fellow Ian Rowe.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
K-12 districts and education organizations are taking a closer look at how they use Facebook in the wake of its high-profile data-privacy scandal.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
There are four important things teachers should keep in mind when talking with parents about their children, writes Justin Minkel.
April 4, 2018 – Education Week
Parents don’t always know how to advocate for their child’s education. One organization is changing that. EdNavigator's Whitney Henderson, the child of a single mom, explains.
January 10, 2018 – Education Week
States don't do enough to inform parents about the rights they lose when they enroll children in private schools using vouchers, the GAO finds.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
A long-running California program teaches parents how to advocate for their children and navigate a sometimes-unfamiliar school system.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week

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