Tag: Parent Involvement

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 Ocean, bridging generations, cultures, and language… Visiting the largest library in Pittsburgh to

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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, I’m wondering if there is a need for another shift, another innovation,

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You’re Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

Four questions to consider when communicating with parents Schools and school systems have to work hard to balance the needs of creating student-centered learning environments, leading efforts to shift teacher mindsets and skills, and understanding and implementing efforts to prepare students to be productive contributors to society. New initiatives come from multiple sources: the federal

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Cultivating Connections with Diverse Families

Opportunities abound for teachers to make connections with diverse families. As we welcome students into our classrooms each year, we are reminded of the important role families play in our students’ education. We listen as administrators discuss the importance of community and parental involvement. We attend workshops that share strategies for engaging families and absorbing

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