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Charlotte Danielson discusses the policies and practices that support teacher effectiveness; Judy Willis helps you unlock students' intrinsic motivation and ability to focus; and ASCD staff demonstrate one of our award-winning online tools, PD In Focus. More topics are added all the time.
Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA): $10,000
Nominate young professional teachers and administrators who demonstrate educating the whole child; show educational leadership in classroom, school, district, and community; and have a positive influence on student achievement for ASCD's $10,000 OYEA honor. The application deadline is August 1, 2010.
Whole Child Blog
Follow the news, policy, and perspectives that matter most to ensuring each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Monthly podcasts tackle themes like preventing summer learning loss, principal leadership, and challenges specific to rural schools.
Read with Me: Helping Parents Help Children
An early literacy expert explains that parents don't need a polished set of reading strategies for their children, but they do need school supports to help them fully understand the importance of reading to, chatting with, and providing a literacy-rich environment for their kids.
Blog Watch: Mr. Ackerman's Blog
When the principal is the blogger, the school community gains another forum for sharing stories and problem solving.
Urban Schools That Work
Top-notch urban public schools have been around for years. But to deal with the effect on students of the pervasive urban issues of poverty, crime, transience, family dysfunction, and school overcrowding or mismanagement of resources, school staff require almost superhuman strength. What are K–12 schools in large, diverse cities doing to overcome these challenges and give their students the well-rounded education they desperately need to succeed in the world?
Engaging Parents and Community in Schooling
Students spend the majority of their time outside of school, yet bridging the school-community gap can seem too difficult or beyond the reach and purpose of education. How much involvement do educators really want? Critics say that education policy reflects this uneasiness in its general neglect of meaningful parental engagement. How can schools fill the silence?
Should parent involvement be mandatory, as this San Jose school district proposes? Or are schools better served, in the long run, by initiatives that foster engagement? Larry Ferlazzo parses this difference in this blog post and shares an example in this issue of ASCD Express.
Read on for resources and profiles of programs that have taken the leap into community-school partnerships and are reaping returns from these new connections.
Taking Leadership, Innovating Change: Profiles in Family, School, and Community Engagement
Harvard Family Research Project's snapshot shows how 12 breakthrough, family-engagement programs are driving positive results in districts across the United States.
Home Visits and Hope for the Future
The Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project reshapes an outreach tool typically used for punitive purposes, strengthening the connection between home and school.
Summer Is Prime Time for Building School-Community Partnerships
Educators in Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh are finding that some of the best opportunities for schools to build relationships with parents and community groups happen during the summer.
Reach Outside School Walls
Healthy School Communities: Des Moines Municipal School
Beyond academics and extracurriculars, a school in rural Des Moines, N.Mex., becomes the community center for health and wellness resources.
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My Back Pages: Dear Principal—Chronicling Parent Involvement in Baltimore (1950)
Parents and faculty at Garrison Junior High share responsibility for learning. These letters, between the principal and a parent, provide a personal, behind-the-scenes perspective on community-building.
Behind the Las Vegas Strip: Building Community on a Shoestring Budget
With little money but a lot of enthusiasm, a Las Vegas elementary school launches a family center to help parents in practical ways, build school loyalty, and strengthen community bonds.
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