Families & the Community
Education news, analysis, and opinion about efforts to engage parents and community members in the education of young people.
- Families & the Community In Their Own Words 'Every Parent Should Be Able to Feel This Way': How Black School Leaders Build Trust With FamiliesAs pandemic protections loosen, a New York mother and physician says her children's principals are exemplars for keeping students safe.Families & the Community As Book Bans Spread, Suburban Moms Who Oppose Them Are Fighting BackThese mothers have deployed a series of unique strategies to convince board members to keep books about racism and homophobia.Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Philadelphia Leader Brings a Bold Approach to Family EngagementJenna Monley has launched bold new parent-engagement programs, while also honing a time-honored strategy: listening.Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Using the Power of Language to Serve Students and FamiliesMarifer Sager has made language translation services in the Portland, Ore., district more accessible, timely, and relevant.Families & the Community How Politics Are Straining Parent-School RelationshipsThe push for more parental involvement in schools has become entangled with national disputes over curriculum and other contentious issues.Families & the Community Want to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism? Try Texting ParentsTexting parents about their child’s school attendance can help combat chronic absenteeism, but the approach has limitations.Families & the Community Opinion A Guide to Diffusing Charged Conversations With ParentsWhen faced with conflict, should you stand your ground or seek common ground? Irshad Manji writes that it's possible to do both.Families & the Community Parents May Not Be as Upset With Schools About COVID Protocols as You Think, Polls ShowA new poll found that a majority of Americans think local schools have done a good job balancing health and safety with other priorities.SponsorThis content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.After a year of interrupted learning, parent-teacher collaboration has never been more important for supporting students – especially those with learning and thinking differences, like ADHD and dyslexia. But starting and navigating these conversations isn’tFamilies & the Community How to Talk to Parents About COVID-19 Vaccines: 3 Tips From ScientistsThe National Academies of Science has new guidance for schools on encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated.Families & the Community Parents: Schools Haven't Sought Our Input on How to Spend Billions in COVID AidIn a poll, parents say they don't know how schools are spending their COVID aid, and that they haven't been consulted as required by law.Families & the Community Opinion A New Group Battling for Freedom of Thought in EducationRick Hess speaks with the founder of a new network of teachers and parents who support freedom of thought and expression in education.Families & the Community 'I Need You to Wear a Mask to Protect My Child.' A Mom Fights for Vulnerable StudentsSome parents see a tension between their medically vulnerable children's safety and their educational needs during the pandemic.Families & the Community Reported Essay Pandemic Parents Are More Engaged. How Can Schools Keep It Going?Families have a better sense of what their child is learning, but schools will have to make some structural shifts to build on what they started.