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While research and common sense tell us that families are a powerful influence on children's attitudes about learning and their success in school, we also know that educators and families often struggle to find meaningful ways to partner together. In light of what we know and what we're committed to, how can we strategically transform family involvement in schools?
In this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, we discuss all this, and more, with
- Charles J. "Chuck" Saylors, the National Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) first-ever male national president, who discusses the necessity and opportunity of parent-educator partnerships that ensure students are successful. Saylors shares how the PTA is mobilizing parents and educators to fulfill its vision of "making every child's potential a reality."
- Marc Cohen, principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Germantown, Md., and an ASCD Outstanding Young Educator, who discusses his ongoing efforts to engage and mobilize parents to close the achievement gap. Cohen also shares how he is taking his message to federal policymakers on Capitol Hill this September.
How do you partner with educators and families to ensure students are successful? What strategies helped facilitate your collaborations? Share your thoughts on the Whole Child Blog.