1. Hi George,

    I'm starting an online class for parents in Los Angeles parents will learn ways in which to best support their kids in schools. It's my belief that parents need (and want) education about how their kids are learning in schools, and what things they can do to help mentor their kids. I'm planning on bringing in experts to lead online discussions on such topics as 21st century pedagogy, educational technology, learning styles, child/brain development, and educational resources available in and out of school. My plan is to eventually build an online "school" for parents where cohorts of parents would take a series of courses together in order to learn not only from subject matter experts but also from each other.. If you (or anyone else) would like to know more about my project, please feel free to email me at randall@shoyu.com.

    Thanks for your post. I'm a big fan of your writing and talks (and also your brother's!).


  2. Great example of working smarter. Educators can leverage the parent-child relationship and attain much more results in a much shorter time than if they were to spend that time cranking away with lectures.

  3. C. Steel

    Refreshing to see a principal embrace parental engagement… we do have a role to play at all grade levels; it just changes along the way. We have tried many new things this year at West Meadow Elementary School in Claresholm, AB (see http://www.lrsd.ab.ca/school/westmeadow/Pages/def… under Parent Engagement tab) but seems to be a struggle in the higher grades. Love this conversation. I think parents are interested in learning more, so would be interested in how Randall's project proceeds. A former Superintendent of ours said over 10 years ago, "The more the community knows about what is happening in our schools, the more they will support our schools. The more support schools have, the better our students will do." I think it is the root of all school/parent/community success…

  4. As a parent, I'd love to know about the upcoming themes for the week and month being taught in school so that I can also shed light on different aspects of the subjects that may help my kids get more excited by/interested in what's getting covered during the school day. I strongly feel that student interest in the subject matter plays a key role in not only how eager students are to learn in the first place, but how much they learn in the end. (And that ANY subject can be interesting to kids if you can draw parallels to things they already enjoy!)

    Jen Lilienstein http://www.kidzmet.com

  5. Martin Goldberg

    George, I am bit late in blog activity but thought I would pass on a personal strategy that helped in working with our daughters teachers (many years ago).

    As parents we became aware of our daughters strengths and weaknesses as they grew to school age. I come from a family with a history of dyslexia and recognized that our younger daughter had inherited dyslexia. Equally important, we also recognized that she was unusually strong and well coordinated, had unusually clear spatial perspective, a strong number sense and a good ability to interpret main ideas and plots in movies. My wife and I shared these strengths with teachers regularly. We believe that by understanding her strengths, her teachers could help her compensate for her learning disability.

    I believe parents can share their understanding of their children's strengths with teachers to everyone's benefit and suggest that every teacher-parent dialogue could include t he question: "What do you think your daughter son is good at (in their non-school life)?"

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