It’s not the most novel idea, but it is still a strategy we don’t see used often enough. Parents/caregivers can play an essential role in boosting student achievement, and the U.S. Department of Education has decided to be more vocal about this often untapped resource. Yesterday, the DOE launched a Parent and Family Engagement Portal, complete with a blog, useful documents, outside resources, and a subscription email sign-up. Their blog outlines some links for families and schools, as well.
This ties in nicely with Bridgeport, CT, Board of Education’s recent announcement of its newly-approved parent engagement policy. The policy, mainly lobbied for and written by parents, asks for equal effort from parents, teachers, and school administrators to increase opportunities for all parents to be involved in Bridgeport public schools. This is great news for Connecticut’s lowest-performing school district. We hope others might use this as a starting point for their own parental engagement strategies.