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Parent Engagement

Parents Need Better Report Cards

Confusing report cards are a hidden epidemic in education. Here are some of the most common problems we see in them through our work with families.

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Parenting Is Not a Race

Parents should cut themselves some slack. Killing yourself to raise a superchild is going to make you crazy — and probably won’t work.

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Conquering Absences with Kanitra

Kanitra was determined to make a change. She committed to making this school year a better one, and with help from our Navigators, she got to work.

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Are Parents Clueless?

A new report by Learning Heroes finds 9 of 10 parents believe their child is performing at or above grade level, even as other data show most students struggling to reach proficiency in math and reading. What gives?

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Let Parents Opt Out (Even If It's a Bad Idea)

If parents feel strongly that the tests aren’t educationally valuable for their kids, no one should force them to participate or punish them for opting out. But that doesn't mean they should opt out.

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Confessions of a Helicopter Mom

The truth is, I don’t want to be a helicopter parent. I’d rather be more like a drone—quieter, smaller, and less intrusive. I still want to visit my child’s school regularly, but more by invitation, with specific times and reasons to visit. I want Ra’Son’s teachers and school staff to think of me as a useful partner, not a squeaky wheel.

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Real Engagement Means Telling Parents the Truth

Teachers and parents often “engage” about student progress, yet part ways without getting on the same page. In many cases, that’s easier than dealing with the hard truth. Learning problems linger and worsen before they are addressed.  Years later, someone looks at a thick file and says, “How is it possible that nobody intervened to help this child?”

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