Department of Education Releases New Parent and Community Engagement Framework

The fourth quarter of the school year is generally a time of preparation for schools and districts as they finalize next year’s budget, student and teacher schedules, and professional development for the upcoming school year. During this time of preparation, it is important that schools and districts discuss ways that they can support parents and the community in helping students to achieve success. To help in this work, the U.S. Department of Education is proud Read More

Higher Ground in Tucson

During a recent trip to Tucson, Ariz., I took part in a meeting with school officials, school board members, past and present elected officials, organizers of youth programs and, most importantly, parents and students. Many of those in attendance shared powerful stories about the serious challenges facing children in south Tucson and the heroic efforts that are being made to confront the issues to ensure that children succeed. I was reminded again of how important Read More

Stopping the Summer Slide

Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it’s also a time when summer learning loss can occur. This learning loss is called the “summer slide,” and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. While summer vacation is months away, many parents are starting to plan for summer now. As you’re thinking about your plans for the upcoming summer break, we’ve gathered a few Read More

Taking Time to Talk with Your Child about Tests

Assessments are part of life at school, but they don’t have to be a source of stress. Helping your child prepare properly for an exam is important, and the conversation doesn’t have to stop after the test is complete. Below are some tips parents might consider discussing with their child: Let your child know that you are proud of his/her achievements and together you will work on troublesome subject matter. Learn about the type of Read More

U.S. Department of Education Announces Voluntary Resolution of Kentucky’s Christian County Public Schools Discipline Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached an agreement with the Christian County Public Schools in Kentucky to improve the district’s disciplinary system so that all students will receive equitable treatment. In addition, the district will impose less frequent exclusionary discipline and will increase students’ educational opportunities. OCR’s investigation revealed that the majority of the violations listed in the district’s disciplinary code were open to interpretation Read More

Seize the Day: Change in the Classroom and the Core of Schooling

I am pleased to speak to ASCD’s leadership because I believe educators across the country today have finally reached a long-sought turning point. All education stakeholders, many of whom are represented in this room today–teachers, principals, district and state leaders, non-profits, researchers, parents, and students themselves—all now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to both dramatically enrich and accelerate learning and improve instructional practice. This is the educators’ moment. This is your chance at an educational moonshot. Read More

Parent Voices for World-Class Education

Thanks, David, for that warm introduction, and for all your leadership. I’m delighted to see leaders whose work has been so important to empowering parents: Otha Thornton of the National PTA; Janet Murguía of the National Council of La Raza; Marc Morial of the National Urban League; and Kati Haycock of The Education Trust. But, just like me, they all came here as part of their day job. I want to give a special shout-out Read More

Rethinking School Discipline

My thanks to CEO Edwards and President Dukes for their comments, and for that gracious introduction. I thank you for your unwavering commitment to equal opportunity for all students and your leadership in rethinking school discipline in Maryland. And I’m so pleased to be joined here today by my good friend and colleague, Attorney General Holder. The Attorney General and his team have been great partners in our work together to improve school climate and Read More

CrossFit Helped Us Face Our Son’s Autism Diagnosis

Annie, my wife, agrees. And if you knew Annie, she doesn’t overstate anything. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of awesome things happen personally (I taught my daughter how to ride a bike… on Father’s Day!) and professionally (my second book came out), but the last year has been tough. Honestly, we’ve sort of been reeling since Sept. 18, 2012. That’s the day we learned that our son Griffin might be on the Read More

First grade critical to child’s development, Duke study says

The difference between first and second grade is profound when it comes to children’s attention problems, according to a new study from Duke University. The study, which appears online in the November issue of the Journal of Attention Disorders, says the age at which attention problems emerge makes a critical difference in a child’s later academic performance. When the problems emerged in first grade, children’s performance suffered for years afterward, Duke said. Those children scored Read More