Advocacy, Sharing Power & Scaling Up

Summer break ended without much warning. Before I blinked it was August and I was back at school supervising hallway transitions and observing classrooms. This post reflects on additional action steps that schools ought to consider if they are serious about developing a meaningful partnership with parents and families.

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Guidelines for Action

Chapter 5 of Beyond the Bake Sale reflects much of what our school has worked toward the past two years, ensuring that our programs focus on student learning. For those involved with PLC practices that’s quite familiar. In this chapter the authors outline five big ideas about school programs designed to promote engagement and partnership.

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Follow the Recipe and Build Relationships

In Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago (2010), researchers identified five ingredients to school improvement: school leadership, professional capacity, instructional guidance, student-centered learning climate, and parent and community ties. Each ingredient is critical to sustained improvement and shouldn’t be neglected. Chapters 3-4 of Beyond the Bake Sale focused on the fifth, and often most neglected ingredient to school improvement.

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