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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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  • Getting Started With Learner-Led Conferences

    Unlike traditional parent-teacher meetings, learner-led conferences let students reflect on what went well, what they struggled with, and what their next steps are.
    Paul Emerich France
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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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  • 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.
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  • Unfairly, Schools and Teachers Are America’s Anti-Poverty Safety Net

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott on the way public school education is expected to “fill in the gaps” left by societal abandonment of poor children and families.
    578
  • 3 Apps to Make Differentiation Easier in Kindergarten

    Short, developmentally appropriate sessions with educational apps can help students who start in different places academically make learning gains.
    371
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • Maximizing Parental Involvement in Developing the IEP

    Collaborating with parents and caregivers throughout the school year can make the individualized education program meeting more valuable.
    294
  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Creating a Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Classroom

    Ensuring that all students see their culture reflected in the curriculum and classroom materials is crucial.
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  • Using Family Interviews to Increase Equity and Engagement in Science

    When kids interview their families about scientific phenomena, they pick up valuable knowledge and strengthen the home-school bond.
    339
  • 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.
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  • Telling the Story of Learning in Displays of Student Work

    By sharing photographs, objectives, and samples in hallways and on bulletin boards, pre-K educators can shift from decorating to documenting learning—and both students and families benefit.
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