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Volume 5  |  Issue 21  |  July 22, 2010  
Engaging Parents and Community in Schooling

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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.



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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.


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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.


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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.


Tools for Implementation

Reach Outside School Walls

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed   How to Involve Parents in Your Diverse Community
Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed   How to Involve Parents in Your Diverse Community

Healthy School Communities: Des Moines Municipal School

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.


New Voices

Behind the Las Vegas Strip: Building Community on a Shoestring Budget

Alana P. Rico 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.


"While many schools are still debating what to do with parents, parents and students may be figuring out how to do without us. Building trusting relationships based on mutual respect may help us move education forward together."

—Teacher and blogger Renee Moore in a post on the blog Public School Insights ("Education is Becoming More Consumer-Driven")
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