Parent Empowerment

The latest news about efforts to bolster parent influence in school-level education policy. Coverage of parent-empowerment issues is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, at www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org.

Quinata Vaughn, a New Orleans hotel worker, and daughter, Quindra, do homework in their home. Vaughn got advice on supporting Quindra’s schooling through EdNavigator, whose advisers meet with parents at their workplaces.
—Edmund D. Fountain for Education Week-File

New Money and Energy to Help Schools Connect With Families

New forces are building around the need for schools and educators to forge deeper connections with families to support student learning. (September 25, 2018)

Leader To Learn From

Trise Moore: Recognized for Leadership in Family Engagement
As the head of family engagement in Washington state’s Federal Way Public Schools, Trise Moore helps parents navigate a large bureaucracy and puts them at the center of the district’s decisionmaking. She is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.

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In a report from the Center for American Progress, parents, teachers, and school leaders said they find formats like parent-teacher conferences “mostly” or “extremely” valuable compared with social media, while robocalls ranked dead last.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
Disabled New York City students who file legal complaints over their treatment at school wait an average of nine months for a resolution, despite a federal legal wait-time limit of 75 days, a new class action lawsuit alleges.
February 11, 2020 – McClatchy-Tribune
Louisiana is doing a better job than most states in letting parents know how public schools are performing in the wake of a federal law that sparked major changes, a national review released Wednesday says.
January 23, 2020 – Education Week
The Minneapolis district—with large achievement gaps between white and black students—is enlisting parents from communities of color to help it gather broader and better feedback on how to improve.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Kate Mayer and Jamie Lynch explain why they want to change the way reading is taught in their Pennsylvania school district.
April 3, 2019 – Education Week
Despite being in a profession that’s dominated by women in their childbearing years, teachers rarely get paid parental leave. To spend time with their newborns, they cobble together sick days and then take time unpaid.
April 1, 2019 – Education Week
Strong partnerships are crucial between schools and parents of students with disabilities. Both can take steps to keep the relationship civil and productive.
December 5, 2018 – Education Week
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

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