The Answer Sheet: parent

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013

'Perfect storm' threatens Philadelphia schools

No funding formula + underfunding + massive charter and non-public expansion + experimental "reform" = Philadelphia schools crisis today.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Parent Speaks Out, Philadelphia Schools

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013

'Parent trigger' legislation fails in Florida Senate

For the second straight year, significant parent opposition to "parent trigger" legislation in Florida has led to defeat in the legislature.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Loss For Jeb Bush, Parent Trigger

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Parent trigger: Who's for it and who's against it tells the story

It's a powerful coalition of wealthy organizations against grassroots citizens organizations.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parent Trigger, The Lineups

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/14/2010

The 'Parent Trigger' doesn't help schools or parents

The so-called “parent trigger” law in California, which allows a majority of parents (from a school or from their “feeder” schools) to sign a petition that forces a school to be converted into a charter, is not a genuine parent engagement strategy. The recent effort to apply the law for the first time shows why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  california schools, california's parent trigger, charter schools, larry ferlazzo, parent revolution, parent trigger, parent trigger law

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Poll: How science should be taught

A national survey released today shows that big percentages of science teachers and parents believe that kids should learn science with hands-on experiments but only 22 percent of teachers feel they have the resources needed to conduct them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science | Tags:  how to teach science, parent involvement, science, science lessons, science teachers, teaching, teaching science

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/21/2010

On school reform, by Philadelphia's mayor and superintendent

Philadelphia's mayor and schools superintendent write: "To read the news coming out of Washington, D.C., you’d think the only way to reform public schools is by firing teachers, closing schools, and battling it out in the media. Not so."

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  arlene ackerman, engagement, michael nutter, parent involvement, philadelphia schools, school reform, teachers, teachers union

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2010

Missing from reform debate: The power of caring

The founder of YouthBuild programs writes: "We are woefully off the mark when the conversation is all about superintendents and principals needing power to fire inept teachers and not about using their power to create a caring, learning community."

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 PM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  curriculum, harlem schools, learning process, parent involvement, school reform, teachers development, youthbuild

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/01/2010

Why paying parents to attend school events is wrong

Veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo writes about two new programs to pay parents to attend school meetings, explaining why this is a bad idea and what schools can do instead to promote parent engagement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents, Parents, Parents | Tags:  daniel pink and drive, larry ferlazzo, parent university, paying parents, paying parents and schools

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/30/2010

The surprising thing teachers want from parents -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham asked teachers: "If you could magically make parents do ONE thing this coming school year to support their child, what would it be?" Here's the surprising answer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  daniel willingham, how many hours should kids sleep?, parent involvement, sleep and teens, students and sleep, teenagers and sleep

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/23/2010

How to give classrooms a mission

As school begins, it seems appropriate to discuss how to improve schools and classroom instruction. Teacher Larry Ferlazzo does so by focusing on the cultural orientation of schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  classroom culture, larry ferlazzo, school and parent engagement, school culture, teaching techniques

Posted at 06:05 AM ET, 05/07/2010

Naval Academy prof wins Maryland parent involvement award

A U.S. Naval Academic history professor who helped lead an effort to reform two Anne Arundel County middle schools--even though his five children are too young to be middle schoolers--won Maryland’s statewide award for parent involvement. And a Montgomery County parent is one of the finalists.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:05 AM ET, 05/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents | Tags:  Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards, Comcast parent involvement, Maryland and contest and parents, Maryland contest for parents, Naval professor wins award, parent involvement, parent involvement award

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/04/2009

TEENS to PARENTS: Calm Down!

The Answer Sheet asked a handful of high school students to advise parents on how to help kids get through the school year. The teens revealed what they want their parents to do--and what they don’t want them to do....

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  parent involvement, senior year, stress

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/31/2009

New Rules for Back- to-School Night

This really happened: An administrator at a school in Montgomery County welcomed several hundred parents at back-to-school night by relating his extensive experience as an educator and as a soldier. Then he said, “So you can see I am...

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents, Parents | Tags:  back to school night, parent, teachers