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Family Engagement

Teachers, administrators, and other school personnel will find relevant and valuable tools and resources here for strengthening bonds between schools, families, and communities.

  • Father reads a picture book to his young son

    Using a ‘Less Is More’ Approach to Engage Parents

    Parents of preschoolers generally want to be involved in their kids’ education—the key is to ease the way for them.
    Gina Pascual
    263
  • How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    When students lead the conversation in their parent-teacher conferences, they take ownership of their learning and growth.
    2.8k
  • Mother helping daughter with remote learning lesson at their kitchen table

    Rethinking Family Engagement This Year

    Parents and caregivers are more involved in elementary school kids’ education in distance learning, and teachers can help increase their effectiveness.
    592
  • Children playing with pine cones in forest

    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
    31.2k
  • Young boy does yoga virtual class with laptop at home

    How to Improve Distance Learning for Students With IEPs

    Strategies for parental involvement and synchronous and asynchronous activities can help students with individualized education programs.
    15.2k
  • Pre-school students sitting on floor in classroom

    Creating a Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Classroom

    Ensuring that all students see their culture reflected in the curriculum and classroom materials is crucial.
    3.5k
  • Laptop and headphones sit on empty couch

    Reaching Chronically Absent Students During Distance Learning

    Frequent phone calls, emails to parents, and flexible attendance policies can help wayward students get back on track.
    3.2k
  • Taking Charge of Reactions to Everyday Challenges

    Learning to Measure the Size of a Problem

    When elementary students compare the relative importance of a range of problems, they learn to take charge of their reactions.
    13.9k
  • Elementary school teacher conducting a reading lesson through distance learning

    Setting the Stage for a School Year Online

    The digital classroom doesn’t have to be a replica of the traditional classroom. Try these tips for different online instruction.
    8.7k
  • Young boy playing the game Jenga with his mother at home

    7 Tips for Managing Distance Learning in Preschool

    A preschool education director shares what her school is doing to keep kids’ screen time to a minimum while fostering play-based learning at home.
    6.3k
  • An illustration concept of stress and confusion in the brain

    3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning

    Remote learning will likely play a role in students’ lives once schools reopen. Here’s how teachers and parents can help kids manage stress, build resilience, and stay connected.
    4.5k
  • Schoolboy stands in front of the school door.

    Teachers—on Making Room for the New Kids in Class

    More than 6.5 million K–12 students in the U.S. change schools each year. How can teachers help them acclimate socially and academically?
    857
  • Young family online learning together on a portable computer.

    How to Support Home Learning in Elementary Grades

    A first and second grade teacher shares his home learning plan for his students and how he is engaging their families.
    4.8k
  • Woman working on laptop at home

    Less Jargon, More Grace: Using Language That Parents Understand

    Messages to parents and guardians that are full of acronyms and buzzwords can lead them to miss what teachers are trying to say.
    2.8k

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