Family & Community

Ready, Set, Read: How Hillside Public Schools Got Reading Over the Summer

Dr. Christy Oli...  August 21st, 2017 

Many families were eager, not just for just the books, but also for workshops and materials around family literacy and the home-school connection. 

Literacy Ambassadors: Building a Student-Centered Culture of Reading

Adam Couturier  August 14th, 2017 

If you want to inculcate a love of reading, you have to provide a context for the goal, one which makes sense and is inspiring and relevant to your students.

Family Engagement Participation: Helping Families Build Competence and Confidence

Ron Mirr  August 3rd, 2017 

Just as not all children come to school ready to learn, families may also be apprehensive, nervous, or skeptical at first.

The Learning Supports Pathway: An Integrated Model of School Improvement

Merrianne Dyer  July 5th, 2017 

As school leaders approach improvement planning for the upcoming year, what strategies can be employed to address the pervasive barriers that many students face?

Why Literacy and Families Go Together

Steve Constantino  June 26th, 2017 

Can an effective approach to engaging families in the learning lives of their children improve outcomes, specifically those important literacy outcomes?  Absolutely.

Year-Round (and that includes summer!) Reading Routines

C.C. Bates  June 14th, 2017 

Summer often lacks structure, and if there is no routine around reading, it may get overlooked for other activities.

What Happened at #EWA17? Some Twitter Highlights

Julia Graeper  June 6th, 2017 

Below is but a sampling of the conversations I picked up on #EWA17.

2017 National Advisory Council: Equity in Education—Engaging and Empowering Students, Families & Educators

Julia Graeper  May 24th, 2017 

"People refer to education as the great equalizer. But the reality is that the great equalizer is inequitably distributed."

Orange Public Schools: Want to Get Kids Reading? Get Everyone Reading!

Karen Harris  May 11th, 2017 

I focused on the concept of modeling: I thought that if students saw adults reading, they would be more inclined to do it themselves.

What I Learned: My School's Eye-Opening Family Engagement Assessment

Suzanne Mitchell  May 3rd, 2017 

To be honest, I was not sure what the building had to do with family engagement. 

3 Takeaways for Educators from the Teacher & Principal School Report: Focus on Literacy

Michael Haggen  April 26th, 2017 

The report explores the views of teachers and principals on the importance of reading, independent reading in school, the home-to-school connection, & summer reading...

Reading Helps Kids Make Summer Count in Greenville, SC

Dr. Andrea A. Rizzo  April 20th, 2017 

Students maintained or increased their reading levels over the summer and the program had an overall positive impact on students’ reading habits and attitudes. 

Tackling Social Inequality through Literacy

Byron Garrett  April 19th, 2017 

With a diverse collection of books that support SEL and social justice, we can create empathetic and empowered educational advocates in the next generation.

Autism Awareness, School Libraries, and Summer Reading

Julia Graeper  April 6th, 2017 

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and School Library Month. It's also time to pre-register for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

For Family Engagement, Not All Information Is Created Equal

Jenni Brasington  March 30th, 2017 

These questions should become the yardstick by which we measure what we display around the school, send home to families, or post on the school website and on social media...

Family Engagement Supports Literacy Achievement

Paul Liabenow  March 9th, 2017 

Third grade is a critical year for students wherein reaching certain benchmarks of literacy achievement is a must.

Beyond the Newsletter: Effective Family-School Communication

Ron Mirr  March 2nd, 2017 

Create strong partnerships by using multiple methods that are two-way and reach every family in your school.

Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Family-School Partnerships

Jenni Brasington  February 16th, 2017 

Define family engagement, so there is a consistent understanding among all staff—from educators to security and maintenance—of what it means to be “engaged.”

Top 5 Tips for Hosting Read Alouds on World Read Aloud Day

Pam Allyn  February 9th, 2017 

Join us as we celebrate the power of reading aloud on World Read Aloud Day this February 16, 2017

Good Intentions without Intentionality

Dr. Houston Barber  February 6th, 2017 
We needed to take on a 3:1 approach for every child, focused on social/emotional supports, academic behavioral supports, and access to opportunities (with mentoring) supports.

Kids & Family Reading Report: The Latest Research

Richard Robinson  January 31st, 2017 
The Kids & Family Reading Report helps us understand how we as adults can support children as they first learn to read, and then love to read.

5 Action Steps for Parent-Teacher Partnerships: A Response to the Teacher & Principal School Report

Bibb Hubbard  January 17th, 2017 

While the path to effective family engagement will look a bit different for every school, below are five action steps that schools can employ to engage families and...

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Family Engagement Lessons from the Teacher & Principal School Report

Ron Mirr  January 9th, 2017 
Effective family & community engagement can be grouped into 4 key areas: welcoming, communication, information, and participation.

Predictions: Five Big Education Stories in 2017

Michael Haggen  December 29th, 2016 
Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education, predicts the top education stories in 2017.

Roundup: Five Big Education Stories in 2016

Julia Graeper  December 29th, 2016 

Here are our picks for the five most salient education stories of the past year.

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