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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.

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    Cultivating a Culture of Authentic Gratitude

    A school staff that makes a point of expressing gratitude—even during a pandemic—can positively impact students and lift morale.
    Lainie Rowell
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  • Getting to Know Students in a Million Words or Less

    Getting to Know Your Students in a Million Words or Less

    How can you learn your students’ strengths, challenges, and passions right at the start of school? Assign a playful report to their parents and guardians—it may be useful all year long.
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  • 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.
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  • Sharing Resources With Your School Community and Beyond

    By creating helpful digital resources, teachers can forge strong bonds of trust with students, parents, and colleagues both near and far.
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    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.
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    Teacher-Parent Communication Strategies to Start the Year Off Right

    By prioritizing communication with families at the start of the school year, educators can foster strong parent engagement, break down barriers, and provide support for all students.
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  • Addressing the Challenges of Rural Students

    Rural students often have fewer educational opportunities than metro-area peers, but teachers can work with families to improve outcomes.
    529
  • 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
  • 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.
    15.3k
  • Father speaking with elementary aged son at home

    Resources for Promoting Social and Emotional Learning at Home

    Providing families of students in preschool to second grade with strategies to bolster SEL skills can also strengthen family bonds.
    313
  • 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
  • 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.
    3.9k
  • 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
  • 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

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