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What Family Engagement Specialists Do, Do Not Do, And Are Supposed to Do

Warning: This is disturbing information. But, you need to read it. Many schools around the country are very fortunate in as much as they have funding available for positions that are dedicated to promoting sound family engagement practice…
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What Families Think and What Students Learn

An interesting study crossed my desk this week. A study done by a graduate student seeking an educational specialist degree was comparing parent involvement to math achievement. Nothing particularly new or spectacular in that question, but I…
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No one Quit: Ten Things I Learned

It was just about now, only thirty-eight years ago, when I walked into my first interview for my first teaching job. A very small school district in upstate New York, and by very small I mean about 600 students, was searching for a music teacher,…
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Bees and Flies

I am a fly. There are a number different directions this blog can go with that pronouncement. Anyone who knows me, or who has read In Search of Excellence, or who has taken my graduate class in Executive Organizational Leadership, will…
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The Power of Full Engagement

My work in engagement is expanding. Later this summer, or early fall, our website (drsteveconstantino.com) will be releasing new ideas, programs and information that advance our work to include the general attributes of engaged organizations.…
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Beaver Run Elementary School…Engages Every Family!

For the past two years, Dr. Constantino and his associates have been working with schools in the Wicomico School District in Salisbury, Maryland. Wicomico is a school system of about 15,000 students in 24 schools. The district is a majority…
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Choose to Fly

  I retired from the position as Acting State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Commonwealth of Virginia on June 1. Actually, because of bureaucratic misinformation and a regulatory situation that is far too complex to explain,…
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For Our Families and Our Future: Three Ideas About Equity

This week, as I prepare to provide the keynote for the opening General Session at the ASCD Conference on Excellence in Teaching and speak to the theme of Pathways to Equity, I am thinking about the three big ideas in family engagement that I…
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The Barriers to High School Family Engagement: A Case Study

“This stuff might work for elementary school, but I need to know how we are going to get these high school parents engaged,” said a workshop participant. “How am I going to get my high school teachers to buy into this,” said another. “I…
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A Story and a Poem

It’s hard for me to believe that almost 17 years have passed since I first sat down and wrote the one and only poem I have ever written. The poem entitled “My Biggest Fear” and the story behind the poem were mainstays of my keynote work…