Engaging Parents in Student Success

A gifted teacher has discovered that the secret to engaging parents in student success is to make interaction with parents accessible and inviting. Fifth grade math teacher Brandon Eiland at Jenks East Intermediate School starts every period welcoming students to his...

Text Messages Help Parents Help Kids Learn to Read

A new initiative by researchers has shown that sending reminders and suggestions via text messages help parents help kids to read.  It is well known that the children of wealthy parents are exposed in the beginning of their lives to many more words than the children...

Home Visits by Teachers

Home visits by teachers to a student’s home are valuable ways for teachers to learn about their students and their family life. In St. Louis, many schools have started programs for teacher home visits, but some have not kept it going  Some of the obstacles to...

Parents Refusing to Allow Standardized Testing

Should parents be able to pull kids out of testing? http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2014/10/01/parents-able-pull-kids-testing/16562073/ With some parents refusing to allow standardized testing of their children, the Parent Teacher Association is...

Taking Aim at Elementary School Truancy

Lawmakers are taking aim at elementary school truancy with a package of bills that would help families bring their kids to school and keep them there, but it would not remove the threat of arrest if they refuse to comply. In California, the bills were developed in the...