It’s Okay – They Come in Peace

It’s Okay – They Come in Peace I was recently speaking with Derek Rhodenizer on his blog “Beyond the Staffroom” about engaging families in learning. He asked me why new teachers were afraid of parents. I know many experienced teachers are leery but it was...

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table I joined Twitter as a way of hearing new and different voices in the field of education and parent engagement. I found amazing people blogging and having great online conversations about these topics. (And I see only a minute fraction!)  Some...

Reciprocity

Rec·i·proc·i·ty 1the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit I was listening to “Ideas at 50” on CBC radio. One of the segments involved the late Dr. Ursula Franklin – Canadian metallurgist, research physicist, author and educator. She was...

Imagine If

Imagine If: Parents as partners wasn’t thinking outside the box; it was just making the box bigger Parents were not perceived as hovering helicopters When principals heard “engagement” they thought “welcome in” and not “run for the hills” Parent engagement meant more...