I always find it interesting through Twitter and blogs to take in the differences in approaches to parent engagement and as well taking in the discussions about involving parents in the dialogue about changes in education. From province to province there seems to be both similarities and differences in these conversations. I haven’t quite put my finger on why our approaches in Canada seem different from the United States, but I do sense a number of differences. A past post on The Daily Riff examined the same and created some interesting dialogue on this. You can read it here and explore further links.
I recently blogged on this question, “Where does a parent fit in effective change in education?”. On this post, I featured a blog post and an article from the United States. I sensed some shift in the conversation about the role and potential of parents in educational change south of us.
I have also become aware of the recent efforts of the BC Education Ministry to engage in the discussions about parent and community partnerships as part of their new education plan for province. The link to that part of the plan can be reviewed here.
Parent engagement is never an easy topic, but I think our provinces can still learn a lot from each other in this area — in and for education and students. I thought I would post here in hopes to provide a place to bring together some Canadian threads or “connective tissue” for sharing and learning in this area ahead.