10(+3) Things Parents Wish Teachers Would Do

What do parents want from their child’s teacher at school? What relationship dynamics are desired? How do parents want teachers to engage their child and engage with them? Below are ten plus three additional examples of what parents want from teachers: 1. Build students’ self-esteem by using praise generously and avoiding ridicule and negative public […]

Scenario: A Parent-Friendly School Environment?

A parent enters a public middle school, where her son attends, for the first time, to see the Principal. Because she was called, she left her job on a one hour break, for apparently an ’emergency’ meeting. The parent enters the building, first passing through a metal detector. She showed her identification to the ‘safety […]

How Schools Can Sustain Parent Partnerships from pre-K THROUGH 12

Trust is defined as “an individual’s or group’s willingness to be vulnerable to another party based on the confidence that the latter party is benevolent, reliable, competent, honest, and open”. If families are to trust teachers and other staff members, then they must believe that school personnel are qualified, fair, and dependable, and have their […]

Why School Leaders Promote Racial Literacy

  School leaders must slow down long enough to take a good hard look at this imposing, yet routinely unacknowledged presence of racial tension. When we stop avoiding it, when we stop pretending it’s not there, when we stop thinking that it’s not an issue that deeply affects schools, we can make huge strides in our […]