Tag: Jason B. Allen

Engaging Families and Communities Can’t All Be About the Photo Op, It Has to Be Intentional and Actually Mean Something

In order for schools to respect all families, they must be informed, trained and intentional about engaging all families and the communities they serve. Engagement can’t be centered solely on federal requirements and money. Education leaders have to go beyond photo opportunities and policy and parental involvement checklists to truly connect with families. In an effort to positively change school environment…

It’s Really This Simple: School Districts That Empower Teachers Will See Student Success

There’s a lot of talk about how we can improve schools, from various turnaround strategies to school choice community partnership programs, but I think one of the most critical areas is the need for professional development in order to empower our teachers. In talking to several of my colleagues who are still teaching in APS traditional schools, they love the…

The Main Office Can Tell You a Lot About a School’s Culture. Here’s What Should Happen When a Parent Walks In.

If you have ever been into a Chick-fil-A restaurant, you know how welcomed you feel when you walk into the door. That’s the exact same feeling that children, parents and guests should have when they walk into a school. The main office is the first place that guests come to; it’s the welcome and information center. It’s where you go…

5 Ways We Can Build Parent Engagement in Our Schools

School districts across the nation are asking, where are the parents? I’ve been doing the work of family and community engagement for six years, and I can tell you that parents are present. They are working, they are contributing, raising and supporting their families. One thing that I remind people of is perspective. There are a large number of variables…