Teachers Want More Collaborative Time – Survey Insights are the Key
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  • January 14, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton Teachers Want More Collaborative Working Time, and Survey Insights are the Key to Giving Them What They Need It’s no secret that teaching is not an easy profession. In today’s particular climate, teachers are faced with increasingly difficult tasks and confronted with burdens that restrict their autonomy and willingness to continue […]

The Power of Surveys
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  • January 7, 2020

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Why Surveys Matter Surveys are an important tool in determining what education stakeholders need. Policymakers and practitioners can gain a lot of knowledge and insight into the needs of their students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff through the use of well-designed surveys. That is why more and more evaluative processes […]

Fewer Anecdotes and More Data: A New Tool May Help Districts Measure Family Involvement
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  • December 17, 2019

As the push for parental engagement in schools increases across the country, districts are struggling to find ways to measure involvement in order to find gaps in the data and address parent needs that might be otherwise unknown to them. Surveys and tools exist, but it has been difficult to find one universal enough to […]

Parent Engagement Spotlight: DC Schools and the Power of Home Visits
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  • December 10, 2019

By @GraceCShelton In their efforts to increase parent engagement, some districts struggle to bring parents to the school building, even after removing various barriers and seeking numerous communication pathways. The Washington Post reports that this has been the case for many DC schools. However, with the help of external partners, the District has found a […]

LA Area Parents Seek Ways to Engage With Schools
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  • December 3, 2019

By @GraceCShelton As the new school year began in Los Angeles, the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) was seeking new ways to improve conditions for its many students. According to a recent article by the LA Times, many LAUSD students come from difficult backgrounds. As a result, the district has struggled in the past with […]

For Teachers: Engaging with Parents Could be the Key to Success
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  • November 5, 2019

By @GraceCShelton In order for teachers to build and maintain positive relationships with their students and their classrooms, they must first seek to engage parents. This means that teachers need to foster collaboration with families in order to create a united front in a child’s education. All too often, parents feel left out of their […]

Parent Engagement in Schools: Worth the Investment
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  • October 29, 2019

By @GraceCShelton Parent engagement is important. When all the adults in a student’s life are on the same page and united in their commitment to education, a teacher’s job becomes much easier. Parents want to engage in their child’s learning, but specific barriers can sometimes exist that hinder their ability to connect with their child’s […]

SEL Lessons from A Promising Program in New York
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  • October 15, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in improving outcomes for students. However, there are some places that need this skill development more than others. Communities with higher rates of violent crimes have a more difficult time implementing SEL instruction and curriculum when […]

What New Principals Need to Know
  • By Andy Mitchell
  • October 15, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   A few months ago, Education Dive asked as handful of veteran administrators what advice they’d give new principals beginning their first year. Interestingly, much of what was said brings to mind previous blog posts using Gates Foundation research to identify what makes a strong school leader. It’s reassuring to see […]

Student Surveys: Should Students Evaluate Teachers?
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  • October 8, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton A Response to Teacher Input in EdWeek Last spring, EdWeek released a series of 3 blog posts that included teacher responses to the question: “Should teachers encourage student evaluations of their classes and their teaching? If not, why not? If so, what are the best ways to do it?” Each teacher […]