The Shapes that Shape Our Lives

A spaceship representing the United States and El Salvador. The church from a small pueblo (village). The “Birthday Party Express” bus. These are a few of the family projects proudly on display in the hallways of Thomson Elementary (DCPS) this spring. The first graders at Thomson Elementary (DCPS) are learning all about shapes, so in […]

Tellin’ Stories Family Partners Series

With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Teaching for Change is launching a new and unprecedented training series for D.C.-area elementary schools to develop meaningful family engagement strategies for their school communities. Click here to download the Tellin’ Stories Family Partners Series informational brochure. Schools selected to participate in the Tellin’ Stories Family Partners Series […]

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Teaching for Change Among National Recipients of Kellogg Foundation Family Engagement Awards

WKKF announces recipients of $13.7 million investment in family engagement. Just days after Teaching for Change presented a workshop at the first National Family Engagement Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized Teaching for Change as one of 30 “exceptional organizations” to receive a grant for its new family engagement initiative. Teaching for […]

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Parents Tell Councilmember Catania: Our Children Deserve Classrooms

Orr Elementary School (DCPS) parents invited David Catania, Councilmember and chair of the Education Committee, to hear their stories and tour the building which badly needs modernization. Nearly 30 parents attended with their children, along with teachers and members of the local community. Parents expressed their concerns about the safety of the playground; stagnant air […]

No Place to Hide: Orr Elementary Needs Modernization Now!

Students in a photo provided by Orr Elementary. Isaiah Lyles was shocked as he watched his daughter Da’Vonna and her pre-Kindergarten classmates attempt to hide in plain sight from an “active shooter” during a safety drill. This day in January, Orr Elementary (DCPS) was among the schools participating in a safety assessment after the anniversary […]

Parents and Teachers Swap Stories About What Children Can Do

Maria Lopez* listened intently as the interpreter shared the meeting with her in Spanish. The mother of a student who loves to read, Maria came to the 3rd grade’s parent-teacher Grade Level Dialogues to find out more about what her daughter is learning in the classroom. The third grade team at Thomson Elementary (DCPS) planned two […]

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Welcoming Parents for a Successful School Year

Now in its fourth year as a Teaching for Change partner school, Orr Elementary [DCPS] is no stranger to the Welcome Back Breakfast. But with a brand new principal—and a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama, Shaquille O’Neal, Dominique Dawes, and Allyson Felix as part of the national “Let’s Move” program—their 2013-2014 school year is […]

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Community Walks Featured as “High-Touch” Strategy in Educational Leadership

How would your families describe their neighborhood? Would teachers see it the same way? In an article for ASCD’s Educational Leadership, noted family engagement expert and author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, Anne Henderson, challenges school leaders to build strong relationships with their families over the summer months by […]

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A Principal’s Reflection on Parent Engagement

“Having a relationship with parents is really important. Orr Elementary is stronger for that relationship. When we do things, we’re not doing something to someone—we’re working together to build. We’re not fixing parents, we’re learning with them.” – Principal Michelle Edwards After nine years at Orr Elementary (DCPS) in Washington, D.C.’s historic Fairlawn neighborhood, principal […]

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Teaching for Change Featured at NCPIE

On Wednesday, April 24th, Teaching for Change will present our approach to turning the tables on parent-school relations at the monthly National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) meeting. América Calderón, bilingual parent organizer, and Allyson Criner Brown, associate director, of Teaching for Change, will present recent research about Teaching for Change’s approach to parent-school […]

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