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Who are the "right" parents in education?

Who are the "right" parents in education? | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
The following post about parental roles in education is written with consideration of some of the history and context of Ontario’s framework of regulations and policies (hence lengthy!), but I thin...
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"There seems to be so much debate about what the parent role in education should look like.  There are many organizations attempting to define it, analyze it, and/or provide resources to support it.  There is certainly no shortage of resources to implement programs and outreach." Sheilaspeaking.com 

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Leadership and Visions for Parent Engagement: Part 2

Leadership and Visions for Parent Engagement: Part 2 | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
As with Part 1 of this series of blog posts, Part 2 continues with the thoughts and visions of other parents regarding parent leadership and parent engagement in education.  This time it is my plea...
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“Heather Robinson and Tracy Bachellier guest blog and share their thoughts about leading and supporting parent engagement at the local and provincial levels.”

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SPED 535- Debbie Pushor's Parent Engagement Presentation - YouTube

A summary of Debbie Pushor's Research Paper, "Parent Engagement: Creating a Shared World"
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A Seat at the Table - Parents, Teachers and Education

A Seat at the Table - Parents, Teachers and Education | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
I am pleased to have Nancy Angevine-Sands, (With Equal Step @withequalstep) back as a guest blogger this month.  Her previous contribution to my blog can be found here.  She has plans to start a bl...
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Great article on the importance of looking at "parents as partners" and looking at having discussions and conversations with parents to include them in the classroom. 

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Response: Parents Can Teach Educators 'Lessons About Learning and Life'

Response: Parents Can Teach Educators 'Lessons About Learning and Life' | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
Today's post features contributions from educators Catherine Compton-Lilly, Dr. Sherrel Bergmann, Dr. Judith Brough and Maurice J. Elias commenting on effective parent engagement strategies.
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Talking and listening to parents is a great way to learn about their knowledge and combining their knowledge with educators knowledge. 

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Response: Parent Engagement Requires 'Trust, Not Blame'

Response: Parent Engagement Requires 'Trust, Not Blame' | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
(This is the second in a multi-part series on this topic. You can see Part One here.) Cheryl Suliteanu asked: How do we educate families about the ways in which they can support their children, without insulting their trust in us to do what's best, and while not placing blame?Katy Ridnouer, Janice Fialka, and Joe Mazza provided their guest responses in Part One of this series. Today, Jane Baskwill, Julia Thompson and Bryon V. Garrett share their thoughts. I hope readers will continue to contribute their ideas, and I'll be highlighting those comments next week. Response From Jane Baskwill Jane...
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Great article to understand the importance of using parents knowledge along with teachers knowledge.

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A New Framework: Improving Family Engagement | ED.gov Blog

A New Framework: Improving Family Engagement | ED.gov Blog | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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"For many, it’s just common sense. The more a student’s family is engaged in their child’s learning and in the improvement of their child’s school, the better off the student and the school. On Wednesday, Secretary Duncan joined more than 80 family engagement thought leaders at DC’s Scholars Stanton Elementary School to discuss the strong correlation between family engagement and academic outcomes, and how the Department of Education can provide more support."

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Important Questions for Engaging Every Family

Important Questions for Engaging Every Family | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
Engaging every family is a commitment from schools and communities that has far-reaching effects on the learning outcomes of all children. These two questions go directly to the heart of whether or not we have the will to transform our schools so that every family is engaged, every family is empowered and every family feels as though they have the efficacy to support and nurture the education of their children.
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"To begin the dialog, I am reminded of two questions that adequately frame this and future conversations about family engagement: (1) What do you want? (2)What are you willing to do to get it? These two questions go directly to the heart of whether or not we have the will to transform our schools so that every family is engaged, every family is empowered and every family feels as though they have the efficacy to support and nurture the education of their children." -

By Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D.

 

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About the Engaging Diverse Families Project | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

About the Engaging Diverse Families Project | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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"How do early childhood education programs meet the challenge of engaging families in their child’s early learning and development? NAEYC’s Engaging Diverse Families (EDF) project sought answers to this question. The project's goals were to develop a research-based definition of family engagement, identify exemplary family engagement practices in early childhood programs, and share what was learned with the field of early care and education by assembling a tool kit of materials to help programs more effectively engage families in children’s early learning."

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Montgomery County Community College Children’s Center | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Montgomery County Community College Children’s Center | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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"Many of the families enrolled at the Children’s Center face a variety of challenges. Some parents travel an hour or more to campus; are overextended with working, taking classes, and single parenting; and have no prior experience with parental involvement in their child’s schooling. These personal challenges create barriers to family engagement. Director Debbie Ravaçon says, 'We strive to overcome these barriers by first developing a relationship with the parent or guardian; then we offer multiple opportunities to participate in parent education or events, at various times of the day. We issue invitations personally, face-to-face, to those parents who are least likely to attend.'"

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Family Participation in Program-Level Decisions and Wider Advocacy Efforts | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Family Participation in Program-Level Decisions and Wider Advocacy Efforts | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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Principle 5: Programs invite families to participate in program-level decisions and wider advocacy efforts – “Programs invite families to actively take part in decision-making opportunities about the program itself. Programs also invite families to advocate for early childhood education and services for young children and families in the wider community.”  

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Two-Way Communication | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Two-Way Communication | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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This article is about providing a welcoming environment to enhance and develop communication with families and the article provides different ways to communicate with families. 

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Those "pesky" involved parents...

Those "pesky" involved parents... | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
An interesting article from The Atlantic this week regarding "a ground-breaking study" on parent involvement.  The title will certainly grab attention: "Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework".  ...
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Great article written by Sheila on parents engagement in schools. 

 

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Imagine if...

Imagine if... | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
As I have done in the past with my blog, it is a pleasure to invite other contributors to guest post.  This time I welcome Nancy Angevine-Sands, (With Equal Step @withequalstep) and Michelle Munroe...
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At a new school started by parents, uncertainty about how to include them

At a new school started by parents, uncertainty about how to include them | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
Midway through the Highbridge Green School’s first year, parents and educators are grappling with what parent involvement will look like […]
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This is another way to look at the difference between parent involvement and parent engagement - 

“Roles of parents and school staff, purpose, decision-making, and partnerships” by: Larry Ferlazzo   

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From The Archives: “Involvement Or Engagement?” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

From The Archives: “Involvement Or Engagement?” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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Response: The Difference Between Parent "Involvement" & Parent "Engagement"

Response: The Difference Between Parent "Involvement" & Parent "Engagement" | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
(This is the final post in a three part series on parent engagement. You can see Part One here and Part Two here) Kanwal Sachdeva asked: I enjoyed reading your article on 'how to make students learn to listen'. My question is- How do we make parents to listen to the teachers? You know, for the students who need more help, the parents are not available to talk or they will not really listen. How do we make them understand teacher's perspective and not believe everything that the student is saying? How do we build that trust? Parent engagement is...
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Great article on the difference between parent involvement and parent engagement.

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Family Engagement as a Systemic, Sustained, and Integrated Strategy to Promote Student Achievement / Browse Our Publications / Publications & Resources / HFRP - Harvard Family Research Project

This paper offers an expanded definition of family engagement based on research about children’s learning and the relationships among families, schools, and communities in support of such lea...
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“Family engagement in education is related to a range of benefits for students, including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and increased likelihood of high school graduation. The strongest research evidence indicates that parental beliefs, attitudes, values, and childrearing practices, as well as home–school communication, are linked to student success.” Harvard Family Research Project

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Family Engagement: A Family Checklist | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Family Engagement: A Family Checklist | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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"A Family Checklist: a downloadable spreadsheet to help track and analyze your program's effectiveness with individual families."

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Family Engagement: Program Self-Assessment Checklist | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Family Engagement: Program Self-Assessment Checklist | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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This article provides a downloadable spreadsheet for educators to fill out to evaluate and improve their family engagement practices.

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Iowa State University Child Development Laboratory School | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Iowa State University Child Development Laboratory School | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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The ISU Lab School is an example of a school that has implemented family engagement into their school.

 

"The Iowa State University (ISU) Child Development Laboratory School provides opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners to observe and work with young children. The schools serves as a model early care and education program for young children and their families."

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Reciprocal Relationships | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Reciprocal Relationships | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it
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“Teachers seek information about children’s lives, families, and communities and integrate this information into their curriculum and instructional practices. Programs help families share their unique knowledge and skills and encourage active participation in the life of the school.”  

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Engaging Diverse Families | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Engaging Diverse Families | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Family Engagement | Scoop.it

The NAEYC Engaging Diverse Families project identified policies and practices exemplary programs use to engage diverse families successfullyThe NAEYC Engaging Diverse Families project identified policies and practices exemplary programs use to engage diverse families successfully

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"What does effective family engagement look like in action? There’s no one formula, but all 15 programs recognized by NAEYC’s Engaging Diverse Families project acts on the six principles of family engagement with many best practices in common."

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