How CASES Help Build Competencies for Engaging Families

Family engagement benefits children and youth in multiple ways. However, educators often find engaging families the most difficult part of their work, and are rarely trained or prepared to do so. The case method is a valuable teaching technique to prepare educators to effectively engage with families. The case method helps educators build competencies that […]

Now, About this ‘DIVERSITY’ Matter….A Case of “The Blind Leading the Blind”?

I continue to read from education’s ‘experts’ or other  professionals, so many different articles on ‘diversity’ as they endeavor to facilitate mindfulness and facilitate an appreciation for diversity.  Some ask us to question our perspectives on difference, and others provide talking points and give pointers on the most effective methods to becoming culturally-proficient. Basically, in a […]

To Educate Through the Cultural Lens

The existing definitions of family engagement in education encompass and emphasize the importance of school staff to support students in multiple ways. To best accomplish this, staff must build an awareness of how their beliefs and assumptions about family and community engagement influence their interactions with families and ultimately, their children-the students. The school community’s demographics […]

By Any Other Name…. It Is Still Called Segregation

Interestingly, within a U.S. city as sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and diversely populated as New York City, it boggles the mind that their public education system encompasses all five boroughs, flows through so many different communities, cultures and yet… an overwhelmingly segregated school system. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school district in the U.S., serving […]