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Measuring the Effectiveness of Parent Engagement Initiatives

It’s the start of a new year, and many of us are in the mindset of evaluating where we are and setting goals to work toward. As you consider your school’s parent engagement initiatives, you may also be thinking about…


Building Coalitions: A new requirement of many grant applications

First, what is a coalition, exactly? A coalition is a group of organizations that collaborate to work on improving a larger social problem. The idea behind a coalition is that a group of organizations working together will have a larger…


Rethinking the Parent-Teacher Conference

It’s the fall semester and parent-teacher conferences are being held in schools across the country. These meetings—in which parents and guardians meet with a teacher for 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a year—are often a staple of a…


Chetopa Elementary: FAST® Forms the Bedrock of a New Community

FAST® Case Study: Chetopa Elementary School – Phyllis Ross and Cynda Jarrett Parent engagement program attracts participation from community leaders, including the mayor Fifty-one schools in the state of Kansas are taking part of the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) initiative, the goal of…