March 2018

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  • Institute for Educational Leadership Family & Community Engagement
    What can district leaders do to signal that engagement with families is important to their staff? The Question of the Month may help answer this question.
  • ReadyRosie is a researched-based and standards-aligned comprehensive family engagement resource that builds on parents’ knowledge. ReadyRosie harnesses the power of video modeling and mobile technology combined with collaborative workshops and professional learning to empower families and schools to work together to close the opportunity gap. Districts and schools could use Title I funds to support meeting the ESSA family engagement requirements.
  • Peekapak offers lessons and activities focusing on social-emotional skills for young elementary students; the lessons easily tie in to English Language Arts curricula. Peekapak lessons are based on original stories that focus on a particular positive character trait (such as empathy, kindness, perseverance, or respect). Each lesson is 20 minutes long, and printable resources help engage students with the storylines and learning concepts. Lessons come with supporting home activities for parent involvement; the program highlights positive examples of good character and healthy self-esteem while supporting the reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills of young learners. Each theme includes unit resources (including PDFs that can be made into posters to build interest, extend the story, and reinforce concepts). The site also offers reports. Skills tracking is planned for future updates.
  • Goal Setting with Families in openings with initial conversations a family with direct reference to goal-setting is not always the most effective strategy. Focus instead on first building trust and letting the family lead the conversation; once a positive relationship has been established, it becomes much easier to talk about goals. We realize that goal setting is not a quick or necessarily easy process, and it involves a lot more than just filling out an agreement. Explore these six relationship-based skills that may help you identify and set goals with families.
  • Relationship-based Practices: Talking with Families about Developmental Concerns can be harder when we think we’ve noticed an issue before a parent has. It’s even more difficult when a parent doesn’t see what we’re seeing, or thinks about it in a very different way. We also know how helpful intervening early can be when we have a concern. Explore these strategies for having important but challenging conversations with families. We’re going to look at raising a concern with a parent about their child’s development. In this simulation, we’ll focus specifically on a child’s speech and language delay, but you can use these strategies no matter what the concern might be.