The School Board’s Responsibility in Family Engagement

As I prepare to speak at state school board conferences in the coming weeks, I thought I might expand a bit on the role of the school board in shaping successful family engagement practice.  School boards, boards of education, boards of…

Conquering the Fear of Family Engagement

Of all the barriers that exist in successfully engaging every family, the biggest is, and always has been, fear. Disengaged and disenfranchised families are fearful that they will not fare well in conversation with their child’s teacher nor…
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The Fear of Feedback

I was both surprised and alarmed the other day when a teacher friend of mine told me that he was searching for ways to send communications to families without families having the ability to respond. Schools and school personnel have always…
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The Habits of Engagement

Isolation is death; Integration is Life. “I’m so alone.” My friend startled me with his answer to my question: As the principal of a large high school, what is your biggest challenge? Several months earlier, I heard the same answer…
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Reflections on Flying One Million Miles

With a nod to Julius Caesar and his famous crossing of the Rubicon River in 49 bc, I believe I just crossed my own Rubicon as well. Fortunately, my crossing won’t start a war. With my last travels of this summer, I surpassed the one-million…
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Culture Does Not Fall From the Sky

There is no question that we are at a crossroads in education around the world. There is the potential to positively reshape and reaffirm the basic tenets of education such that all students benefit from it. Successful schools, both academically…