Nancy Angevine-Sands' Writing
Schools – educators and councils alike – don’t view families as ‘customers’. Do families disengage from their school (the “hard-to-reach”) because understanding the customer has not been the first priority?
What do pre-service teachers need to know about families? First, they aren’t as scary as you may have heard!
How many schools have created opportunities for parents and guardians to learn about an issue and “engage meaningfully and concretely in dialogue…?” How many have viewed parents as partners in the education of their students?
The new world of technological devices inside and outside the classroom is a subject of great debate, worry…and opportunity. Many schools use technology as their road to home-school communication. Most think it means they are engaging their families. But let’s not be too quick to assume that’s true.
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...