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Parent, Family, Community Involvement in Education

"Parents, families, educators and communities—there’s no better partnership to assure that all students pre-K- to high school—have the support and resources they need to succeed in school and in life. —NEA President Dennis Van Roekel"

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Katie Figgie's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:46 PM

This scholarly article explains some important parts of family involvement. It explains that involvement in a child's education is proven to help increase their academic performance no matter the family background. “Researchers cite parent-family-community involvement as a key to addressing the school dropout crisis and note that strong school-family-community partnerships foster higher educational aspirations and more motivated students. The evidence holds true for students at both the elementary and secondary level, regardless of the parent’s education, family income, or background…” The article also states that research has also proven that what a child learns at home can benefit them as much as what they learn in the classroom and more schools should be focusing on getting students' caregivers involved. I believe that it is the schools job to create an environment and a relationship with families so that they feel comfortable reaching out to teachers. I also believe schools should make sure caregivers know how important it is for their child that family is involved in their education. I also believe though that it is just as much the caregiver’s responsibility to demonstrate to their child how important school is. This article really pushes for a strong partnership between all different people, teachers, principals, parents to help students both succeed in school and in general. I agree with this because I think that it should not be up to one person to help a child through school, there should be a whole community helping the child so that they feel supported and cared for. I like how this article ends by saying “The Association has long advocated policies to assist and encourage parents, families, and communities to become actively engaged in their public schools and become an integral part of school improvement efforts. While some states and school districts have enacted laws and policies to encourage parent-community-school partnerships, more enforcement is needed. At the same time, promising, locally developed practices should be rewarded, sustained, and expanded.” I think this relates to a lot of the other articles I have discussed and shows how important it is that a community is involved in education. 

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Schools Working To Increase Parental Involvement

Research shows that parental involvement in a child's education improves academic performance.

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Katie Figgie's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:18 PM

This story from NPR discusses different ways schools are trying to force parents to attend parent-teacher conferences, specifically a prosecutor that wants to have parents face jail time if they do not participate in their child’s education. The prosecutor, Kim Worthy explains that this would be the last resort for parents who do not attend at least one parent-teacher conference a year. Before jail parents would have to take parenting classes or another way to be involved rather than go straight to jail. Honestly even though this is clearly very extreme, I am not opposed to it because the actual jail time is the final strike and all the other penalties seem very reasonable. Ms. Worthy makes a good point I agree with her when she states, “And the other faction of people that don't like it say, well, we shouldn't have to legislate this. Well, that's true. But we shouldn't have to legislate you putting your baby in a car seat, or you sending your children to school, or you being responsible for your children's behavior, or curfew, what time your children are home. We shouldn't have to - texting while driving. We shouldn't have to legislate any of those things, either, but we have to.” I also think the it is fair to only mandate parents to attend one conference per year. One conference a year is very manageable even for parents who are very busy. I think that this is important to enforce because I believe that if a child sees that their parents care enough about them to go to their school, even with their very busy schedules, then the student will feel much better about themselves and their relationship with the school. If parents show that school is important than many more students will realize its importance. I agree with mandating at least one conference a year because I feel like it is very low on the spectrum of family involvement but it can definitely help the student in the long run. 

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The concept of special education

The concept of special education | Education |
Special education teachers teach students who have physical or mental disabilities and thus have special needs.


Special education teachers teach students who have physical or mental disabilities and thus have special needs. They are a lifeline to children with special needs since children with special needs are constrained in their learning process because of their disabilities. It is just because of the special education teachers that they acquire the basic skills in education and life overall, and may learn to live independently. Special education teachers adapt the general education curriculum to suit the unique needs of each student. 


Thus, special education is a lifeline for those students who have special needs. They personally take care of the special needs of the students by modifying or changing the curriculum accordingly to the extent of disability, wether mild or moderate. With students having severe disabilities, they tend to teach such students basic skills so that students with disabilities can lead their lives independently and teach them basiccommunication skills and mathematics. 

Special education teacher assess the strengths and needs of each student and set their teaching goals accordingly. They help develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), which outlines the kind of education each student with special needs will receive. Special education teachers need to be calm, patient, organized, inspiring and accepting. Special education students can come with a varying degree of disabilities and from various backgrounds.

Special education teachers, hence, have to be understanding and have very effective communication skills, as special education students have difficulty in conveying their needs and ideas. Special education teachers help the students with special needs to feel comfortable in social situations and be aware of socially acceptable behaviour. 

Preparing the special education students for life after school is an important part of the work of special education teachers as they teach their students some basic skills which help them to live independently. Thus, special education teachers are doing a great service to the nation by catering to the needs of students with disabilities and help them live a near normal and dignified life. 

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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, May 8, 2014 11:34 AM

It is great to have special education teachers and you can't thank them enough for the job they do in turning around somebody's life. Education is a big part of kid's future, and special education teachers give everyone a fair chance to succeed in life. 

Michael Carl's curator insight, May 11, 2014 8:27 AM

This article talks about the importance of special education teacher.

Luke French's comment, May 11, 2014 9:07 PM
Special education teachers are, as Michael said, invaluable. These teachers make nigh-unfathomable differences in these children's lives, and, in my opinion, do not receive due credit.
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Benefits of preschool education outweigh the costs

Benefits of preschool education outweigh the costs | Education |
The evidence is clear the benefits of preschool education outweigh the costs for middle-class children and low-income families, U.S. researchers say.

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Robbins & Associates's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:19 AM

Preschool Ed proven to be helpful .

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Nearly all first graders own mobiles

Nearly all first graders own mobiles | Education |

A quarter of children aged 7-8 browse the internet daily and nearly all have mobile phones, according to research published by the Finnish Society on Media Education. Increasingly more families are seeking clear rules regarding children's use of mobile phones, computers and the internet.

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Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills: Hand Eye Coordination Games for Kids under 6 Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills: balancing various balls on a table tennis racquet while moving up and down stairs. Hand ...
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What a way to improve hand eye coordination!

Teachers could even use these techniques but with other objects. If their class moves rooms often they could practice these tactics on the steps if they have to use steps!

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A Neglected Resource

A Neglected Resource | Education |
Parental involvement is clearly linked with academic success for all students, regardless of income level.

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Katie Figgie's curator insight, October 27, 2013 10:33 PM

This article from a website for educators explains how to encourage caregivers who may not be able to help their child's education in a traditional way, such as volunteering in the classroom or going to every fundraiser. The teacher can take steps to reach out to caregivers and try to get them as involved as they are able to. The author says that even if the parent cannot be involved in the school setting they should be involved in education at home, “Although the parents rarely visited the school or communicated with their children’s teachers, they demonstrated their involvement with firm discipline and by encouraging their children to talk to the teacher if they struggled with an assignment.” I think that this is a great way for parents to stay involved because they show the child they care but they are also promoting responsibility in the student by making them talk to their teachers themselves. The author then gives an example of a child, Marcus, whose mother perfectly demonstrated this approach to involvement “One student, Marcus, said that when he was young his mother (who had a high school education) created enrichment activities to help him practice the alphabet or counting skills at home, but she often did not understand his school assignments as he grew older. Instead of communicating with his teachers about the assignments, she advised him to ask his teachers for help. This type of parental involvement was crucial to Marcus’s development of personal relationships with his teachers, which was a key factor in his academic success.” I think that this is important because it shows that sometimes caregivers may feel like they are unable to help, especially if they did not get a high education themselves, but if the teacher can reach out and explain that any involvement from the caregivers is helpful it can cure some of the worries they have and really be beneficial to the child’s success. 

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Why Parental Involvement in a Child’s Education is Critical

Why Parental Involvement in a Child’s Education is Critical | Education |
We all understand that a good education for our children is critical to ensure they have the best chance for a prosperous future. The problem is that everyone has different ideas about what that pr...

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Katie Figgie's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:28 PM

This blog post by Dr. T. William Hefferan really puts a strong responsibility on families to be involved in their child's education. He says that parental involvement is the necessary key that can make or break a child's education. I am not sure that I agree with everything the author states in his blog, for one he references the most important outcome of education is future employment. I do not necessarily agree with employment as being the most important product of education and I do not think that it should be the focus of the child while they are in school. I personally think that it is much more important to have the child understand the importance of knowledge and learn critical skills that will help them both in their future career but in all other aspects of their lives as well. That being said I do agree with his statement that “Parents should begin early in their child’s life to determine what their child is interested in, what gets them excited, how that relates to certain classroom topics, and ultimately relating those interests to career possibilities. It helps when they can begin to relate classwork to something they already have an interest in”. I think that it is absolutely important that children understand how what they are learning in the classroom relates to situations outside of school and I do believe that the child’s family should have a part in helping their children realize the importance of their education. I believe that communicating with children about the purpose of education is the most important involvement a family member can have. Overall I may disagree with Dr. Hefferan’s overall view of the reason for education but I do think he brings up necessary things to think about in how parents should explain education to students. 

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Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet?

Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet? | Education |

This interesting table, comparing 20th and 21st Century learning, was conceived by William Rankin, a well credentialed doctor of Education from ACU, Texas.


This graphic, which I found on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, was originally published on iThinkEd in 2007, where you can read Rankin’s full thoughts that led to his creation of this table.


What’s fascinating for me is the fact this was written 7 years ago. It doesn’t date the message. It challenges us as educators to reflect on how far we have actually progressed.


I started hearing the talk about 21st Century Learning back in the 90s and here we are in 2013 and, looking at this chart from Rankin, we have to ask ourselves; for all the talk and planning, have we really moved out of the 20th Century and embraced what this nebulous concept of 21st Century is really about?


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Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 8, 2014 4:35 PM
I do agree with Katie that is it scary that education as we know it is going to start changing. It is really scary to think that the American people don't like change but it is happening all the time with education. There are pros about this education change and there are cons. Let's take the cons and turn them into pros.
Alex Salazar's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:09 AM

This is an article about whether education has made it online.

Fiona Free's curator insight, June 16, 2014 6:49 AM

might be interesting 'work' to get staff to do the research and come up with their own table and add a third colunm.....what they do or could do...

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Grow America Stronger with Quality Early Childhood Education

Grow America Stronger with Quality Early Childhood Education | Education |
Quality early childhood education from birth to five helps families raise stronger children and grow a more prosperous America. Visit to sign the petition to improve early childhood programs.

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Giving Cognition a Bad Name

Giving Cognition a Bad Name | Education |
The downplaying of cognitive skills could have a negative impact on the education of children from poor families, writes Mike Rose.

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Cesar Oswaldo Cesaroswaldo's curator insight, November 22, 2014 8:29 PM

What do you think about it???? tell me .......

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Differentiated Instruction - LiveBinder

Resources for implementing differentiated instruction...

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This is a great site to understand exactly what Differentiated Instruction means, and how to use it in the classroom environment.

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