Parent Involvement

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Given the Conflict of Visions in Education, Who Can We Trust?

In his book, “A Conflict of Visions,” Thomas Sowell describes the common disagreements we see in politics today as being rooted in the “different visions…

By Ryan Hooper

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Posted Nov. 12, 2019

A Calendar, a Plan and Friends Can Make Unexpected Time off Rewarding and Productive for Your Kids

Gil Gibori recently launched The House Tutoring Lounge, a space in Chicago’s northern suburbs where teens can study, prep for college entrance exams and socialize,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 5, 2019

Thank God for Parents Who Refuse to Be Gaslighted by the Failing Education System

Last week I attended a community town hall in Nashville organized by my friend Vesia Hawkins, a relentless and faithful community servant who brought together…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 4, 2019

Parent-Teacher Conferences Might Suck, But We Still Have to Show Up

David McGuire, a school leader in Indianapolis, asked the Twitterati this week what does it take to get parents to attend conferences with their children’s’ teachers? I…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 24, 2019

Every Parent-Teacher Conference Should Look Like This

I have a confession to make. I am an educator who doesn’t enjoy participating in parent-teacher conferences as a parent. Our son is a junior…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted Oct. 21, 2019

Someone Should Run for School Board, Why Not You?

Let’s get this out of the way. Mark Twain’s famous joke: “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

These Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Harder to Get Into Than a Jimmy Buffett Concert

First, a 30-minute student-led parent-teacher conference with one child’s homeroom teacher. Then, six five-minute conferences with another son’s individual subject teachers. And lastly, a 10-minute…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 11, 2019

Here’s Why We Must Open Schools to Authentic Parent Partnership

When I taught first grade on the Navajo Nation, I’ll never forget when one of my fellow teachers—now my wife—wanted to host an event that…

By Landon Mascareñaz

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Posted Sep. 3, 2019

The Three R’s of Parents Who Want to Raise Free Children

A parent’s power to determine the right to choose where, when and what their children learn is only one power among many that create what I call parental sovereignty—a concept I believe is rooted in three essential R’s: roles, responsibilities and rights. …

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 23, 2019

White Teacher, Here’s How You Can Successfully Partner With Black Families

The show was going really well. We were in Pittsburgh, taping a live 8 Black Hands podcast episode at the State of Black Learning Conference,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Nov. 11, 2019

While We Get Lost in the Wrong Arguments, Too Many of Our Kids Aren’t Ready for the Future

As a Generation Xer, I was sold the dream in the 1990s that one day we would all telecommute to work, execute our daily duties…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 11, 2019

We Need a New Way of Talking About Students Who Face Barriers Erected by Adults and Sustained by Broken Systems

I bring John, David, Ana and Sally into every training, strategy session and decision-making room I occupy.  Well, actually I bring their stories, to remind…

By Cami Anderson

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Posted Nov. 5, 2019

It’s Time for Chicago and Its Teachers Union to Collaborate and Win for Kids

After 11 days on the picket line, Chicago public school teachers are back at work and there’s plenty of chest-beating and navel-gazing underway.  Speculation is…

By Peter Cunningham

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