Family & Community

How One Rural Community Is Addressing the Challenges of Resource Scarcity and Geographic Isolation

Karen Baicker  November 20th, 2015 

Educational challenges are abundant wherever resources are scarce. When policy makers and education leaders attempt to address those barriers, they tend to focus on...

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How to Reframe the Role of Families in Education (and a Giveaway!)

Tyler Reed  November 16th, 2015  Comments • 11

Last month, Scholastic hosted a gathering of "family and community engagement" leaders from schools and communities across the country at its annual Scholastic FACE...

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Districts Addressing Attendance Issues by Integrating Learning Supports

Rhonda Neal-Waltman  November 4th, 2015 

I read with interest a recent New York Times article by Rikha Sharma Rani entitled “Stopping Absenteeism at the Age of 5.” In it she highlighted the remarkable work of the...

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Rosie Perez on Bringing the Arts to Underserved Children

Suzanne McCabe  October 9th, 2015 

Rosie Perez made her acting debut in Do the Right Thing in 1989. Since then, she has tried to live up to the title of Spike Lee’s film. She is a fierce...

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Live Streaming Announced for National Family Engagement Symposium Starting Oct. 4

Tyler Reed  September 29th, 2015 

The Scholastic FACE Symposium, an annual gathering of family and community engagement leaders from across the country, kicks off October 4th in Miami. This year, we're...

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Learning From—and After—Katrina

Suzanne McCabe  September 2nd, 2015 

A version of this post first appeared on Scholastic's On Our Minds blog.

Scholastic News Kid Reporter Samuel Davis, 12, of Shreveport, La., is too young to...

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Stopping the Summer Slide in Rhode Island

Andy Moffit  August 17th, 2015 

The author is the First Gentleman of Rhode Island.

The Two-Gen Approach to Early Education

Karen Baicker  August 14th, 2015 

Several years ago, Scholastic teamed up with the Yale Child Study Center to answer the question, “How can we help build resilience in struggling communities?...

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Three Prerequisites for Effective Family Engagement

Karen Mapp  August 4th, 2015 

Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the privilege to work with educators, policy members, researchers, families, and community members to explore the benefits of and the...

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NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Encourages Families to ‘Talk to Your Baby’

Tyler Reed  July 21st, 2015 

Last week, the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, kicked off a two-year initiative to distribute 200,000 baby book bundles, donated by Scholastic, to NYC...

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School Leaders Focusing on Family and Community Partnerships

Tyler Reed  June 5th, 2015 

More research, more tools and resources and stronger leadership are coalescing to create a growing movement around "family and community engagement" in U.S. schools.

We Surveyed the 2015 State Teachers of the Year

Greg Worrell  May 19th, 2015  Comments • 6

How would teachers prioritize education funding? What aspects of their jobs give them the most satisfaction? What qualities do they believe great teachers have? Do...

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How We Ensure All of Our District's Students Have Access to Books

Kelli Cedo  March 17th, 2015 

In the Virginia Beach Public Schools, our Title 1 organization has established that equity and adequacy are the pillars by which we...

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Family Engagement: An Impetus for Student Success

Kelli Cedo  March 3rd, 2015 

In 2010, as Title 1 Coordinator in Virginia Beach Public Schools, I had an a-ha moment regarding how we were and weren’t serving our Title I families in support of their “...

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My Top 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School (7-5)

Phyllis C. Hunter  February 25th, 2015  Comments • 1

You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.

Diversity is the Heartbeat of Our Humanity

Pam Allyn  February 19th, 2015 

Diversity is the heartbeat of our humanity. Books are mirrors into our inner lives, and also windows to the world. Our school and classroom libraries, on and offline,...

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Building Adequacy: A Reflection After 50 Years of Title I

Kelli Cedo  February 9th, 2015 

You might have asked yourself recently: What is my mission as an educational leader? For me, my mission stems from my beliefs and my “whys” around education.

What I Learned from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert L. Green  January 15th, 2015 

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a tremendous impact on my life. I learned so much from him during the course of my work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Focus on the three Cs for a bright new year: Children, community and communication

Cindy Marten  January 6th, 2015 

While I’m not typically a resolution-maker, there’s something about a new year that invites reflection. As I contemplate what I want to accomplish in 2015, rather than...

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Three ideas for boosting family engagement from Carmen Fariña

Alexandra Wladich  December 12th, 2014 

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña speak about the importance of family engagement. Every time I hear Chancellor Fariña...

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On early learning: By the dawn’s early light

Pam Allyn  December 8th, 2014  Comments • 1

This is a momentous time for young children. As we close in on the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year, I feel encouraged and excited by many of the initiatives...

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Nell Duke on early literacy development: Talk to kids in the kitchen!

Alexandra Wladich  November 10th, 2014 

There are lots of ways a parent or caregiver can support a child's learning and literacy growth at home -- from having conversations around the dinner table to being a...

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Why Percy Jackson rocks: Dispelling the myth of the deficient text

Lois Bridges  November 3rd, 2014  Comments • 2

Good news: Pleasure reading is back (goodness knows why it was ever driven from our classrooms). Bad news: Well-meaning teachers and parents are fretting over the imagined...

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Our ultimate list of links and resources on family engagement (and a giveaway!)

Alexandra Wladich  October 30th, 2014  Comments • 8

Family and Community Engagement is on my mind this week as we get close to the kickoff of the fourth annual National Family and Community...

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The read-aloud: Paper or pixels?

Lois Bridges  October 14th, 2014 

Paper or pixels? What’s best for the read-aloud? Increasingly, that’s the question both parents and teachers are asking as beloved picture books navigate to the screen....

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