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Public Square website article from Ed Week about parent engagement.
Earlier this month, Palm Beach County School District lost its coveted "A" mark on its annual report card for the first time in eight years.
The district's drop to a 'B' rating was mainly blamed on the state making the scoring system much tougher.
Still, we wonder: What could parents have done to prevent this drop in the rating?
To advance discussion of parental involvement, an "Issue Panel" was created, involving 11 people interested in the subject, including a representative of the Florida House of Representatives, a college associate dean of education, an educational consultant, a PTA president, a high school student, and the leader of a home-schooling group. In addition to being involved with chats and decision making, the panelists advance the site with their constituencies.
"That way, it's not all coming 'from a website,' but 'from people they respect,'" explains Passell.
A variety of subjects are covered in a number of articles:
"Issue Overview/Parent Involvement:"
How Can Schools Encourage More Parent-Teacher Interaction?
Why Do Parents Reduce Involvement When Their Kids Reach High School?
When Are Parents Too Involved in Education?
How Can Fathers Become More Engaged in Their Children's Schoolwork?
How Can Single Parents Be More Active in Their Children's Education?
In addition to the articles, the parental involvement focus includes surveys on the homepage, public comments and tweet chats at specific times to get the public to weigh in on the subject, with experts on the phone to respond to them. Google Analytics are used to ensure that survey responses are counted only when they come from Palm Beach County.
What's on your mind?