Family & Community

Families and educators: Partnering for student success

Byron Garrett  September 26th, 2013  Comments • 2

School is in full swing across the country. And we begin a new year with many challenges facing the education system that underscore the need for engaged families, and...

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Houston school district wins prestigious Broad Prize

Tyler Reed  September 26th, 2013 

The Houston Independent School District won the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education today in recogition of its efforts in raising achievement, graduation rates and...

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Cultivating school-to-home communication

Pam Allyn  September 25th, 2013 

I love the energy of the back-to-school season. I love those early days of school when backpacks are still glistening and sneakers are bright white. I love to see the...

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Attendance Awareness Month: A focus on outcomes in Gainesville, Ga.

Windy Lopez  September 16th, 2013 

How can students benefit from effective classroom teaching if they are chronically late and often not in the classroom at all?  Research continues to demonstrate the...

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Books and resources to help children learn about 9/11

Tyler Reed  September 11th, 2013 

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. For most adults, it’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since that terrible day. For some older kids,...

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The Funds of Knowledge: An ethnographic approach to family engagement

Lois Bridges  September 3rd, 2013 

The Funds of Knowledge, drawn from the seminal work of language researcher Luis Moll, sound like what they are: substantial, essential, hopeful. And I think of...

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Kellogg Foundation announces new investment in ‘family and community engagement’

Windy Lopez  August 28th, 2013 

This week, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a $5 million investment to identify and promote innovative family engagement initiatives that support children’s...

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Looking Ahead: Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013

Windy Lopez  August 2nd, 2013 

As part of the critical effort to provide a comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind, the Family Engagement in...

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Quote: "Any fool can get into an ocean..."

Suzanne McCabe  July 19th, 2013 

It is fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot in New York City. If you and the children in your life are sitting by the ocean, or beneath an air conditioner or a tree, you could do...

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How To: Motivate kids to read during the summer!

Windy Lopez  July 19th, 2013  Comments • 1

What makes long summer days (that somehow seem too short!) so special?

Beach. Parks. Barbeques. Community and City Festivals. Road Trips. Adventures. Campfires....

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Q & A: Jodi Grant of the Afterschool Alliance

Tyler Reed  July 16th, 2013 

A longtime partner of Scholastic and one of our Literacy Champions, the Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality...

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A resilient community is one that shares stories

Windy Lopez  July 12th, 2013  Comments • 2

Our world, our communities, our lives seem to be changing by the second these days. So, it’s not surprising that over the past few months many of us have been reading and...

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Two American Families, one broken dream

Suzanne McCabe  July 11th, 2013 

This week, PBS delivered on a journalistic promise that began with "Mother" Mary Jones: "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." The network aired Two...

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Video: Sir Ken Robinson on the importance of finding one's passion

Tyler Reed  July 9th, 2013 

Here's a fantastic and beautifully built short video from The RSA in the UK featuring Sir Ken Robinson. In it, he explains why schools and communities can do more to help...

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Globally or locally, summer is the perfect time to encourage family and community engagement

Windy Lopez  June 25th, 2013 

When I was a teacher I loved being able to take time at the end of the school year to reflect on both the good and bad, the successes and failures, and most importantly,...

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Readying kids for success by empowering parents

Tyler Reed  June 20th, 2013 

This is a great story reinforcing something that has been understood for a long time, but can never be repeated enough: The involvement of a child's parents in their...

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