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February 17, 2015
Immigrant groups see chance to improve language services in chancellor’s reorganization
With changes coming to the city's school-support structure, immigrant groups are asking the Department of Education to improve translation services for parents with limited English proficiency.
January 12, 2015
Ferebee: Low expectations are a stubborn obstacle for IPS
A surprising number of Ferebee's biggest changes so far have connected to that theme of higher expectations — for the administration, for teachers, for students and even for the wider Indianapolis community. But those expectations work both ways. Halfway through his second year leading IPS, questions remain about how well matched Ferebee's ambitions for IPS are to those of a newly-elected, reform-minded school board. He also knows he has work to do to involve parents and grow grassroots level support for his approach.
September 16, 2014
Fariña says she has high hopes for parent involvement as conferences begin
On the day of the year’s first parent-teacher conferences, Chancellor Carmen Fariña told WNYC‘s Brian Lehrer that she was confident in her strategies to increase…
September 9, 2014
With new school year, new rules for parent engagement have begun
At P.S. 206's first parent engagement activity of the year, now mandated in the new teachers contract, parents and educators shared their ideas with Chancellor Fariña and union president, Michael Mulgrew.
April 15, 2014
Chalkbeat Roundtable: Should parents have a say in curriculum?
After a Chalkbeat story highlighted a collaboration between parents and teachers at the Highbridge Green School, six teachers, parent coordinators, and parents weigh in.
April 7, 2014
Highbridge Green School students present a project their parents helped design
Our recent story about the Highbridge Green School highlighted a unique collaboration between parents and teachers, who worked together to plan an English unit for the…
March 18, 2014
At a new school started by parents, uncertainty about how to include them
Midway through the Highbridge Green School’s first year, parents and educators are grappling with what parent involvement will look like going forward. How much say should parents have in the school’s daily operations and long-term vision, now that a team of teachers and administrators have been hired to run the show? Deep commitment to parent engagement on the part of parents and staff, combined with uncertainty about what form that involvement should take, has led to both tension and innovation.
February 28, 2014
Why I am passionate about education and parent engagement
Parent advocate Princess Mack explains how her passion for helping parents get involved in their children's education stems from her own experience slipping through cracks in the school system.
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February 25, 2014
Fariña promises Common Core "re-rollout," downplays gifted programs at town hall
Chancellor Carmen Fariña gave some big hints about how the city will be handling the Common Core, co-locations, and gifted policy to parents in Far Rockaway on Monday night.
February 24, 2014
How Denver Public Schools can improve its parent engagement: a parent's view
A Denver Public Schools parent has some tips for how the district can more effectively communicate with and engage parents to boost student achievement.
February 12, 2014
Fariña advises schools to stay positive in parent conferences
New Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants parent-teacher conferences to feel good for the families that participate. In her weekly message to principals, Fariña reiterates her commitment…
February 6, 2014
Fariña signals she's open to untying test scores and promotion decisions
Updated: Speaking to parents in Brooklyn Wednesday night, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña signaled that she might change yet another Bloomberg-era policy: the city's ban on "social promotion."
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January 30, 2014
Parent coordinators look for specifics, and reassurance, from Fariña
Following Fariña's other promises to improve parent engagement and a recent report on the topic from researchers and activists with influence in City Hall, some coordinators said they are hoping to see more attention paid to the job.
January 27, 2014
Orange Mound school takes a holistic approach to parent engagement
A new parent center at Aspire Hanley Elementary School encompasses advocacy, education, relationship-building, and learning, in hopes of improving students' academic outcomes.
January 25, 2014
Shelby County Schools event helps connect families with educational resources
Nearly 100 parents filled the conference center at the Salvation Army Kroc Center for the Shelby County Schools Family and Community Fair on Saturday morning for…
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