NASP Conference Handout: Practical Ways to Involve and Empower Marginalized Parents

By on February 11, 2016

PC023 February 10, 2016 Alice Wellborn In a recent nationwide poll, 88% of teachers identified poverty as a major roadblock to effective public education. Top concerns included behavior problems, chronic absenteeism, and student health issues (Communities in Schools, 2015). Family

Civil Rights in Schools: Part Two

By on February 6, 2016

Last time we looked at an overview of the federal civil rights laws that apply to schools, colleges, and universities that accept federal money. Let’s get more specific. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on

Civil Rights in Schools: Part One

By on February 6, 2016

Many parents forget that several federal civil rights laws apply specifically to schools, colleges, and universities. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, is the agency responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws

Grit

By on January 31, 2016

What do you think about when you hear the word “grit”? The first thing that springs to my mind is a three year old in a sandbox or a pair of old sneakers! But then I think about persistence, self-discipline,

Student Support Staff II: Nurses and Social Workers

By on January 30, 2016

To successfully navigate public school, parents need to know who works in schools and what they do. This is true in most institutional, bureaucratic settings – you have to know who to call, who can get something done, and who

Positive Problem-Solving

By on January 24, 2016

What are some steps you can take to be an effective, positive presence for your child in school? How can you focus on problem-solving and cooperation when there are issues at school? The first step is to be a “partner

Student Support Staff I: School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors

By on January 24, 2016

If parents are going to successfully navigate public school, they need to know who works in schools and what they do. This is true in most institutional, bureaucratic settings – you have to know who to call, who can get

Assistant Principals and Lead Teachers/Instructional Coaches

By on January 16, 2016

Earlier this week we talked about the importance of understanding the roles and responsibilities of the school staff. We started with the building principal, because that is the person with the most day-to-day authority over what happens with your child

School Principals

By on January 16, 2016

To really understand how to navigate public schools, we need to understand the people who work in them every day – the people who are bound by the rules and policies of the public school bureaucracy. Job descriptions are tightly

Obstacles to Home/School Partnerships

By on January 10, 2016

Schools talk about engaging parents in the school community and parents talk about getting more involved in their child’s school. Why is it so difficult to make this happen? Most public schools operate on an 8:00 to 3:00 traditional calendar