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December 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM
Sunday’s story focused on a Chicago program that serves as a national model for family engagement, but several other efforts exist locally. For a brief sampling, check out the map below.
Know of other programs we missed? Send us an email, and we’ll be sure to add them in.
December 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Washington charter school applicants expect parents to volunteer (KUOW): Eleven of Washington state’s proposed charter schools plan to ask parents to pledge to volunteer at school, with several calling for commitments of 30 to 40 hours per year. Critics say the expectations, though not a requirement in the legal sense, could deter low-income families.
Report: New teachers lack comprehensive training in classroom management (The Atlantic): A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality shows many undergrad and graduate education programs include lessons in classroom management, but few teach the skill set in a comprehensive way. The most neglected skill, according to the report? How to praise students.
December 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Did you miss our live chat on family engagement and the Logan Square parent mentor program? Scroll through below to see a recap.
- Joanna Brown, lead education organizer for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association
- Monica Espinoza, former parent mentor and current mentor coordinator at Burbank Elementary in Chicago
- Pachomius Schmidt, Federal Way teacher
- Linda Shaw, Seattle Times reporter
December 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Spokane district to pay for PSAT, SAT exams (The Spokesman-Review): Spokane Public Schools will pay for all its high-school juniors and seniors to take College Board exams through the end of the next school year, at an estimated cost of $104,000. Officials plan to use the PSAT to determine whether students are on track to learn college-level math after graduation.
Calif. districts fear losing millions over income-verification rules (Los Angeles Times): Education officials in Los Angeles, San Diego and other California metro areas are urging state lawmakers to delay the implementation of a new rule that requires them to verify the incomes of low-income families each year. The requirement is tied to a new law that gives districts extra money for students who are low-income, learning English or in foster care.
December 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM
Schools in Minneapolis consider discipline alternatives (StarTribune): Following a federal audit, public schools in Minneapolis are looking at ways to lower the rate at which they suspend students of color. Disproportionate discipline in Seattle has also caught the attention of federal investigators.
Mount Vernon technical school lets students sample variety of trades (Skagit Valley Herald): The Northwest Career and Technical Academy offers high-school students hands-on training in a dozen or so high-paying, in-demand fields, such as aerospace manufacturing and engineering or marine science and technology. Local districts say the school serves a critical need that they would be unable to meet individually.
December 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM
We’re trying out something new with this Question of the Week.
Education Lab has partnered with the Public Insight Network (PIN), a division of American Public Media, in an effort to better engage our readers. PIN’s industry-leading online platform enables journalists to connect directly with potential sources in an effort to produce more meaningful coverage.
December 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM
On their first day of training, one mother after another paused in the classroom doorway, unsure where to sit or whether signing up for this highly regarded parent program was a good idea after all.
Trainer Monica Soto-Espinoza had anticipated their doubts.
Six years ago, she was just like many of them — a mother with limited English skills who’d come to the U.S. as a teenager and never finished high school.
What, she wondered, could she possibly offer her child’s school?
Go here to read Sunday’s front-page story by Linda Shaw.
December 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Go here to listen as two current volunteers join Avondale-Logandale Principal Evelyn Roman and former mentor Tami Love discuss how they first became involved in the Logan Square program and what they’ve gotten out of the experience.
December 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Got a question for our Dec. 10 live chat with Chicago parent mentor organizer Monica Espinoza, Joanna Brown of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Federal Way teacher Pachomius Schmidt, and reporter Linda Shaw? Submit them via the form below, or send an email to email@example.com.
December 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM
A community group in northwest Chicago has turned hundreds of hesitant parents into capable classroom helpers, role models and leaders by tapping into strengths many don’t realize they have.
Check out the video below to see the Logan Square parent mentor program in action. On Sunday, pick up a copy of The Seattle Times or go here for the full story.
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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