In the News: 2/6-2/10

February 10, 2017 12:59 PM
by / Topics: Improving Family Engagement

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news:

Relationship Building



Letters to the Editor: Embracing parents as partners

A parent weighs in on the impact of a home visit and how it helped alleviate anxiety and build trust as her daughter started middle school in Brooklyn, NY.

Race and Equity



Get up. Stand up. California’s Search for Education Equity

Four years ago, California adopted a new system that makes it possible for districts with greater populations of disadvantaged students to receive more funding for public school education.

Lee Schools use translators, special events to involve parents

Even though language barriers keep some parents from understanding the content their students learn in the classroom, these Spanish-speaking parents are very much involved in unique bi-lingual parent engagement events.

DC’s segregated ‘apartheid’ schools

“Severely segregated “apartheid” schools. Sounds like something from a different era. But a new report finds almost three quarters of the schools in D.C. are intensely segregated, with 90 percent or more of their population in minority groups.”

Schools In The Nation’s Capital Are Embarrassingly Segregated

“Even several decades ago, it wasn’t hard for Gary Orfield to convince white parents in his Washington, D.C., neighborhood to send their kids to a racially segregated black school.”

Universities try new way of providing aid to boost graduation rates for low income students

Schools explore the positive results of providing small grants to low-income students who are a risk for dropping out or not graduating on time.




African American Parent Perceptions of K-12 Education

“Despite the importance of postsecondary education to the economic and social vitality of the U.S. and the individuals who pursue this academic goal, the educational pipeline to and through college is broken for communities of color, the fastest growing segment of the population.”

D.C. School Suspensions Drastically Down, But Concerns Remain

The District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released a report that outlined the decrease in D.C. schools’ suspension rates and procedures in place that ensure the practice is in the best interest of all children and families.

New on the Blog



Aspiring Principals Learn from FEP School Leaders Who Validate the Importance of Family Engagement

Principals from three of our Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) schools led a panel discussion exploring the benefits and impact of implementing effective family engagement strategies in their school community and culture.