At Bellwether, we spent last week talking about family engagement strategies and busting the myth that poor parents don’t invest in their kids’ education.
Just in time, new data released today by the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that parents across income brackets have high hopes for their kids, and that they match that expectation with action.
For context, here’s a recap of our conversation:
Day 1 // September 19
- Justin Trinidad writes that limited English proficient parents are underserved but not complacent about their kids’ education
- Kirsten Schmitz interviews classroom teacher Christian Martínez-Canchola and offers five ways teachers can engage multilingual families
Day 2 // September 20
- Melissa Steel King writes about the assumption that parents are only engaged if they come to school events or volunteer
Day 3 // September 21
- Marnie Kaplan argues that we can learn from the long history of including parent engagement in early childhood education
- Lynne Graziano urges school leaders to ensure that requests for family involvement are simple, streamlined, and supportive
Day 4 // September 22
- I interview Bellwether’s own Jeff Schulz to get some pro tips on family engagement strategies and organizational planning
- Allison Crean Davis stresses that the lack of equal opportunities for kids of different backgrounds means that schools have to work to live up to parent expectations
You can read the whole series here!