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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.

  • The Math Manipulatives Hiding in a Junk Drawer

    When parents ask how to get the benefits of manipulatives like base 10 blocks in distance learning, teachers can share strategies for using common household items.
    Nell McAnelly
  • Tips for Preschools Moving Back to In-Person Learning

    After a summer of intensive preparation, this preschool reopened, with lessons for other preschools when they’re ready for the transition.
  • Using Technology to Connect With Parents

    Schools around the country have implemented new strategies for communicating with families during distance learning.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Strategy for Building Productive Relationships With Parents

    Reaching out to parents and guardians early with positive messages goes a long way toward creating successful partnerships with families.
  • How to Coach Parents Who Are Teaching at Home

    Many parents and guardians felt overwhelmed in supporting their student’s learning during the pandemic—these strategies can help.
  • 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.
  • DIY Ways to Meet a Child's Sensory Needs at Home

    Occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers weigh in on how to create sensory tools and spaces with what you have at home.

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