parent engagement

Hey Shawnta! How Can My School Get a Hallway Heroes Program?

Hey Shawnta! How can my school get a Hallway Heroes program? After I posted about my husband and I volunteering for one to two hours each Friday at our twin son’s middle school as a hallway hero,...

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parent engagement

COVID Didn't Give Us Much to Celebrate, But We Need to Keep Virtual Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are a critical component of every school year. This is an opportunity for teachers to share with families the areas of success for their students and areas where there is...

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school leadership

In These Uncertain Times, Schools Must Focus on Mental Health First

After 20 months of the pandemic, students are burnt out. The result is increasing mental health struggles among many, which has schools around the country scrambling to prioritize school counseling...

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educational justice

These 5 Anti-Racist Books Will Help Level Up Your School’s Professional Development

Over the past year, I have been able to read a ton of great books focused on social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, and disrupting white supremacy culture in our schools. With a new school...

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parent engagement

Meet las Familias Latinas Por La Educación. These Families Won't Be Ignored.

Throughout my 20 year career in Houston, I have fought for Latino parents and caregivers to be considered equal members of their local school systems and to be included in the education...

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Implicit bias

Expert Q&A: Focusing on Teacher Well-Being Benefits Students

For more than 35 years, Donna Housman has been helping young children, their teachers and their caregivers build their emotional intelligence. At the Housman Institute, her work with teachers at all...

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