Articles tagged with parental involvement

September ASBJ examines role of partnerships in education

September’s edition of the American School Board Journal is devoted to the increasing importance strong partnerships with key stakeholders have on the success of public education.

Senior Editor Del Stover’s piece asks and answers several questions about the the quest to get more parents involved, most importantly: what does parent involvement even mean, what it looks like and how to manage it.

Senior Editor Lawrence Hardy’s feature contends that meeting the needs of families first, is a surefire way to engage the community.

And finally Senior Editor Naomi Dillon explores the connections schools are making with businesses, who not provide financial support but a direct pathway for students to successful careers and jobs.

Naomi Dillon|September 5th, 2012|Categories: American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , |

Parents decide fate of failing schools; pioneering or problematic trend in CA?

Photo courtesy Stockvault

Photo courtesy Stockvault

California, the state that has lived and sometimes died by the proposition system of governance, has unveiled a new experiment in direct democracy:  the so-called “parent trigger” that will allow parents at low-performing schools to have a voice in the way their schools are reorganized.

Designed in part to make the state more competitive for federal Race to the Top money, the legislation was signed last week by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to the new bill, if at least 50 percent of a school’s parents sign a petition, the district’s school board must chose between several options for change, some of which are: closing the school, converting to a charter, or replacing the principal and other school leaders.

Is this good fix for low-performing schools?

Given that few parents have used the transfer option under No Child Left Behind, it’s unclear whether any group could get 50 percent of parents to sign a petition. And, even if it could, it seems like a draconian way to mandate change.

Naomi Dillon|January 12th, 2010|Categories: Governance, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , |

The parent trap

0208asbjcvrI had to chuckle at a newspaper article detailing how local colleges are handling an ever growing wave of so-called helicopter parents, which has become an ubiquitous descriptor of moms and dads, who just can’t seem to let go, hovering over their offspring long after they’ve reached adulthood.

Though, it’s not funny, I laughed for several reasons.

After spending a holiday weekend with family, I can tell you baby boomers are among the worst offenders of overly anxious and protective parenting.  Granted, this statement has no scientific data to support it, and I’m sure there are many middle-aged parents who are neither consumed nor interested in the daily activities or their adult son or daughter.

But I run across enough newspaper articles and hear more than a few stories to, at least, hint that the overly attached parent is a real and growing phenomenon. It’s one of the reasons, I wrote “Parent Trap” for ASBJ last February.

While educators understand the importance of parental involvement in schools, different parents require different approaches. The challenge with “helicopter parents,” isnt’ so much getting them involved but showing them, diplomatically, where their involvement is best needed— and not.

Naomi Dillon|November 30th, 2009|Categories: Student Achievement, American School Board Journal|Tags: , |
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