In the News: 7/31-8/4

August 4, 2017 09:44 AM
by / Topics: Improving Family Engagement

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

Race and Equity



The Atlantic: Japan Might Be What Equality in Education Looks Like – August 2, 2017
“The country’s government makes sure areas with low income levels and property values get good teachers too.”

Relationship Building



Global Family Research Project: Youth Taking Leadership Roles: Defining and Improving Family Engagement – August 1, 2017
“One community is including student voice in efforts to improve parents’ engagement in making sure their children have equal access to educational opportunities.”

Chalkbeat: How one group is defying conventional wisdom on parental involvement in Memphis schools – July 28, 2017
“As Memphis Lift prepares to mark its second anniversary this weekend with a school supply giveaway at its headquarters, it’s showing the power of parental involvement in a city that historically has struggled to engage families in public education.”

The Telegraph: Elementary school staff surprises students, families with home visits – July 31, 2017
“Hartley Elementary School principal Carmalita Dillard takes her staff on a bus tour of their neighborhood to greet students and their families and provide information. It’s designed to start the relationship-building process for a new school year.”

Tools and Resources



Rethinking Learning: 8 Tips to Foster a Sense of Belonging – August 2, 2017
“For all learners to grow and flourish, we need to create environments where every child is recognized and validated as a learner with unique talents, interests, and beliefs. A culture that values every learner will empower them to discover the joy and purpose of learning. However, building this culture doesn’t happen overnight.”




The 74 Million: 90% of Parents Think Their Kids Are on Track in Math & Reading. The Real Number? Just 1 in 3, Survey Shows – August 1, 2017
“A new national survey of parents conducted last spring by Learning Heroes and published today reveals a stark contrast between how well parents think their children perform in school and how well they actually do.”