Spotlight on Parent and Community Engagement – Education Week

In order to better serve their students, schools are building meaningful relationships with families and their communities. In this Spotlight, learn how home-school connections can benefit ELLs and their parents, how community voices are helping shape state ESSA plans, and how educators can provide parents with actionable information to support…

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From Clueless to Connected: My Parent Engagement Journey

When my daughter started preschool four years ago, I was thrilled. I couldn’t believe how quickly the time went by and now my little person was starting her educational journey. And just like most first-time parents, I didn’t know what exactly to expect. There I was walking to back-to-school night…

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How My Stepson Changed The Way I Parent

I consider the bond I have built with my stepson to be one of the most important and meaningful relationships of my life. I also consider his presence in my life to be one of the major influences in how I parent my own daughter. In the beginning of my…

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Hard Truths I’m Learning as a New Parent

Becoming a new parent is a crazy, wild ride. It is emotional and exhausting, but also amazing and exciting. I knew every moment wouldn’t be easy. I knew every moment wouldn’t be fun. I wasn’t completely prepared for some of the hard truths I’ve discovered in these first few months….

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A Parent By Any Other Name

Today is Mother’s Day, which has me thinking about the many ways of being a mother in today’s world, and about the concept of a “parenting identity” — which may or may not correspond with one’s gender identity. Mothers traditionally are female — but mothers today include transgender men who…

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Dear Family Whisperer: Tips for a Sometime Single Parent

Dear Family Whisperer, My husband farms part-time with his family. He is gone virtually all of May and June for seeding and mid-August to late October for harvest, basically leaving me a single parent. I dread these times of year, and I get very resentful of all of the “extra”…

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