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Taking a Strengths-Based Perspective

Taking a Strengths-Based Perspective

Helping children with disabilities by supporting families

In my first years as a special education teacher, I taught a sixth grade student with Down Syndrome to tie her shoes. When her parent came to pick her up one afternoon, the student and I shared the good news. The...
Author: Danielle Mizuta
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Caring for the Parent-Teacher Relationship during COVID-19

Caring for the Parent-Teacher Relationship during COVID-19

Setting positive, caring intentions to meet our shared goal of nurturing students

I remember the first Back to School Night as a principal. I introduced the teachers and invited them to leave for a few extra minutes in their classrooms. I shared with parents our plans for the year, adding a...
Author: Jen Cort
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Building Bridges to the Past

Building Bridges to the Past

Oral history project engages students and builds family and community connections

Using a microfilm machine for the first time… Watching a local news broadcast from the mid-nineties about the Blizzard of '93... Holding an authentic newspaper from 1941… Facetiming across the Pacific...
Author: Joe Welch, Vicki Truchan
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Differentiation for Families

How developing a Dream Team can promote student success

Many years ago, after a meeting about a student with the child's grandmother, I realized the short-sightedness of my communication salutation, "Dear Parents." At the time, I switched it to "Dear Families," but lately,...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Going Beyond School

Going Beyond School

Connecting school and community in project-based learning

It's easy to stereotype "kids these days." Always on their phones, always taking selfies, tethered to a virtual world but disconnected from the real one. If you don't work with kids, or know what is happening in...
Author: Rachel Mark, Katy Farber
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8 Ideas for Engaging Families and the Community

8 Ideas for Engaging Families and the Community

Strong family and community relationships are critical components of positive school culture

The importance of building strong relationships with parents and community members cannot be underestimated; these stakeholders must be an integral aspect of a school's culture. School leaders must also recognize that...
Author: Randy Jensen, Tyler Shafer
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Zoom In on Parents and Students

Zoom In on Parents and Students

We interviewed families of middle school students to get a closer look at how the pandemic is affecting their educational experience and their day-to-day lives. Hear what students all over the country are struggling...
Author: AMLE
Number of views (2035)/Comments (1)/
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