Tag: parent voice

Back to School Time Makes or Break Schools

“Back to school signals the end of summer and the beginning of school!”  Growing up, back to school time always brought back the reality that summer time fun was coming to an end. The summers feel much shorter from my childhood to now. We’re going back to school as early as July and teacher returning to work mid July. The…

4 Squares: A Parent’s Perspective on Traditional Public Schools and Public Charter Schools

“I believe in school choice and I also believe in traditional public education. That’s my choice!” Keisha Spells, Parent Advocate  Four squares represents the perspective of a parent and employee of both public traditional schools and public charter schools. Parent advocate Keisha Spells shares her experience in both worlds and in both roles. At the beginning of the interview, Ms. Spells shared:…

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…