Magazine article District Administration

Parents, Prize Winners and More

Magazine article District Administration

Parents, Prize Winners and More

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A LEARNING SPECIALIST FROM THE CHICAGO AREA SHARED HER DISAPPOINTMENT with me when all but one parent were "no shows" on open school night last fall. Although it's more likely that day-to-day involvement such as reading and communicating with one's child and being aware of his or her study habits make the biggest difference, in "Parental Engagement Pays Off" we sought out district programs that are working to inspire parents and at least get the ball rolling by making that initial home-school connection.

As an example, an outreach activity was planned at a local mosque for the Bengali, Gujarati and Hindi Islamic communities in the North Penn (Pa.) School District, where seventy-one languages are spoken, to help explain school policies and procedures. At Knapp Elementary School participation of parents in conferences with teachers has increased substantially as a result of these engagement efforts. As administrators adopt policies to enhance parental engagement in their schools, familiarizing themselves with the facets of parental involvement that can help raise achievement the most in their districts, perhaps parents will better understand that they are part of the integral piece needed to raise achievement and graduation rates in our schools.

For this issue, associate editor Don Parker-Burgard asked Paul Vallas, superintendent, Louisiana Recovery School District, and Rudy Crew, professor of clinical education, Rossier School of Education at USC, and most recently the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, to weigh in on the Detroit Public Schools crisis. …

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