In the News: 6/26-6/30

June 30, 2017 12:22 PM
by / Topics: Improving Family Engagement

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

Relationship Building


To Make Summer School More Successful, Communicate With Parents
“Many school districts that prioritize family engagement during the school year do not invest in reaching out to families during summer school, particularly given the short time-frame and the limited number of students served.”

Students’ Sense of Belonging at Schools is Important. It Starts With Teachers
“A student’s sense of belonging at school is important to academic achievement, say educators who responded to an Education Week Research Center survey.”

Race and Equity



Why Some Of D.C.’s Leading Men Of Color Are Heading Back To Preschool
“At Turner Elementary School in Southeast D.C., Torren Cooper is the only male of color who works directly in the classroom, even though the student body is 98 percent African American. Cooper is a literacy coach helping some of Turner’s youngest pupils with their reading and writing skills, including rhyming, alliteration, letter sounds and writing their names.”

School’s Out for Summer-And that’s a Problem
“Unfortunately, there are not enough accessible options for parents, a problem that is especially pronounced in low-income neighborhoods. We need more affordable summer programs for children and families to prevent summer learning loss.”

Homeless college students a growing concern on campuses
There is data that suggests a large number of college-goers are homeless. Some colleges offer programs to meet students’ needs, but more needs to be done.