David Snyder

Whole Child Blogwatch: Parent Engagement

If you've found the recent Whole Child Podcast on school-family partnerships to be useful and relevant to your work and want to keep up with the latest on the topic, a great source for regular information is teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo's blog Engaging Parents in School, which strives to go "beyond parent involvement."

The blog features vivid examples of engagement in the field, such as a post highlighting a back-to-school home visit program in Wichita, Kans. He points to video on the Wichita Eagle Web site showing educators visiting homes, greeting parents, and leaving packages of supplies. Another post spotlights recent recommendations for schools on building strong family involvement systems from FINE: The Family Involvement Network of Educators, a project at Harvard University.

Ferlazzo's eagle eye for news on family engagement makes the blog a valuable hub for research findings, podcasts, articles, and other resources that can be difficult to track down independently. 




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