Family & Community

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 • 5

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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8 tips for the smoothest field trip ever

Hope Crocker  October 13th, 2014 

I heard the other day that October is National Field Trip Month. (It seems like they have a month dedicated to almost everything these days, doesn't it?) I thought it...

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School librarians helping to facilitate global connections

Colleen Graves  October 9th, 2014 

Colleen Graves of Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in September...

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Are we doing enough to create a climate of kindness in schools?

Judy Goldberg  October 8th, 2014  Comments • 2

Here’s a question for all of you who are reading this (as well as for myself!): Are we really doing enough to...

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One school librarian's goal for the year: Empower student voice

Andy Plemmons  October 1st, 2014 

Andy Plemmons of David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, GA was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in...

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Talking tech with Lewisville ISD: How one district is building and scaling a 1:X device initiative

Jessica Warren  September 25th, 2014 

While some districts are struggling with 1:1 technology initiatives that aim to provide technology for every student, Lewisville Independent School District is forging...

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Let's think about apps

Hope Crocker  September 24th, 2014 

The new school year is off and running, and technology, as always, is on the minds of educators, leaders and news pundits as well.  As WBUR's Tom Ashbrook points out: "At...

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Do you remember when you were 11?

Alexandra Wladich  September 12th, 2014 

Through the magnificent documentary “I AM ELEVEN,” I was recently reminded of how amazing being 11 years old can be.

In New York City, a push for pre-K

Suzanne McCabe  September 9th, 2014 

On September 4, the doors of New York City's public schools swung open to a new crop of students—more than 1.1 million in all.

Because of Mayor Bill de Blasio's...

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Practical tips for teachers: Strengthening relationships with parents

Tyler Reed  September 8th, 2014 

Educators know very well the importance of having strong partnerships with parents, yet building these can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Scholastic...

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You CAN learn that!

Hope Crocker  September 3rd, 2014 

It's a new school year! How are you approaching the "productive struggle" of learning?

Consider the importance of expectations. When we expect a task to be easy, it...

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