In the News: 7/24 – 7/28

July 28, 2017 01:15 PM
by / Topics: Improving Family Engagement

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




TrustED: 3 Pitfalls of School Climate Data – July 24, 2017
“Research shows that school climate data is among the best indicators of long-term school success. But while many school districts conduct surveys to collect this information, administrators often lack reliable data for comparison.”

Education Writers Association: Troubled by College Dropouts, High Schools Track Students Beyond Graduation – July 19, 2017
“While many high schools focus a lot of energy on getting students into college, admissions is only the first step. And especially when it comes to low-income students and those who are first in their family to attend college, many drop out long before they complete a degree.”

Education Week: Social-Emotional-Learning Researchers Gather Input from Educators – July 18, 2017
“Educators and researchers are working together to shape the next phase of research around social-emotional learning and student engagement.”

The Atlantic: Why Americans Think So Poorly of the Country’s Schools – July 17, 2017
“Relying on selective data, parents are convinced the public-school system is crumbling, even when their own children’s schools seem to be doing well.”

Race and Equity



 Cornell Chronicle: Fearing surveillance, dads with record avoid kids’ school – July 24, 2017
“Dads who have been incarcerated at some point in their child’s birth through age 9 are nearly 50 percent less involved in their child’s education. But that’s not because they don’t care about their child’s schooling. Rather, they may avoid their child’s school because they see it as a “surveilling institution” – an entity that has increased security.”

The 74 Million: Cantor: When a Bounty of Options Aren’t Enough, How Poor Parents Really Practice School Choice – July 23, 2017
“And while some parents — typically more affluent ones — spend time researching options and mobilizing their social networks for information, most do not. In choosing schools, children from low-income homes and immigrants often rely on the haphazard advice of siblings and friends or they do it alone.”

Education Next: Some Schools Much Better at Closing Achievement Gaps Between Their Advantaged and Disadvantaged Students – July 24, 2017
“Recent research demonstrates that the test score gap between relatively advantaged and relatively disadvantaged students is much higher in some school districts than it is in other districts. But measured school quality often varies dramatically within a school district, and therefore it is important to know whether individual schools differ in the relative success of advantaged and disadvantaged students.”

Relationship Building



North Carolina: The real story of how how a failing North Carolina school became a success story – July 25, 2017
Parent and community engagement were big factors that helped this school get back on track to better support students and families.

TrustED: When their high school started to fail, educators gave students the responsibility to turn it around. And they did. – July 25, 2017
“Bringing students into conversations about academics, culture, school safety, and discipline, the thinking goes, will instill in students a sense of responsibility when it comes to their schools and their fellow students—and improve school performance.”