Equity and Family Engagement COVID-19 Resources – A Brief List

In a rejection of the term “social distancing,” our colleague, Kwesi Rollins, of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), recently stated that while we may have to be physically distant during this challenging time, it doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t remain socially connected.  Teaching for Change staff and social justice-minded educators across borders are also mindful that […]

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Inclusive Efforts Transform Relationships Between Parent Leaders in Alexandria

December 2019 Schools across the Washington, D.C., area and nationwide are grappling with issues around gentrification, racism, and classism, not just in the classroom – in family engagement. These forces greatly influence relationship and power dynamics between families, particularly along divisions of race and family income. For more than five years, Teaching for Change has […]

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What Happens in a Lockdown? Parent-Principal Chats Bring Community Together to Discuss Emergencies and Safety

On January 23, 2020, parents and caregivers from West Education Campus (DCPS) gathered with staff for January’s Principal Coffee. The monthly meeting, drawing from Teaching for Change’s Parent-Principal Chats signature activity, is usually a fun and informative gathering for the West community. This day, Principal Niyeka Jackson and team used the opportunity to discuss and […]

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Dads Read About Teamwork at Langdon Elementary

On November 13, 2019, seven enthusiastic Langdon Elementary (DCPS) parents – featuring an all-star group of Langdon fathers – came together to read Swimmy, by Leo Lionni, to three pre-K classes as a part of Teaching for Change’s Roving Readers program. Swimmy is a story that celebrates difference and teaches about the power of community […]

The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Summer 2020 Principal Institutes

The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Summer Institutes will prepare principals, assistant principals, and senior school-based administrators to apply an asset-based lens to family engagement that is grounded in popular education, community organizing, racial equity, and family engagement research. The principal institutes are also the exclusive opportunity for school leaders to receive training […]

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Multilingual Parent Read-Alouds Impact Students at Thomson Elementary

On December 13, 2019, parents gathered in the parent center at Thomson Elementary School (DCPS) to review books in preparation for Roving Readers, a signature activity of Teaching for Change’s family engagement project. Thomson parents have been participating in Roving Readers for so many years that having parents read in the classroom has become a […]

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New Report Recognizes Our Tellin’ Stories Project as “Transformative Family Engagement”

A publication based on the findings from an evaluation of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s (WKKF) Family Engagement cohort was released in July 2019, and features stories and lessons from the Tellin’ Stories Project, Teaching for Change’s nationally recognized approach to family engagement. The report, titled Cultivating a Community of Champions for Children Through Transformative Family […]

What Principals Gained from the 2019 Equity and Family Engagement Summer Institute

For many people, schools may not be the most welcoming places. This is especially true for marginalized members of the school community. As a school leader, this institute helped me reflect upon, develop and create strategies to help all members of the community feel comfortable, valued, and accepted and to help ensure the success of […]

New Lisa Delpit Book Features Teaching for Change Essay on Engaging Black Parents

Allyson Criner Brown, Teaching for Change’s associate director and manager of the Tellin’ Stories parent empowerment project, reflects on family engagement in a moving essay for Teaching When the World Is on Fire, edited by Lisa Delpit (The New Press, 2019). Criner Brown, a former middle school teacher who has led the nationally recognized Tellin’ […]

Imelda Marroquin: After 10+ Years, Fifth Grade Parent Honors School Principal

June 2019 When Teaching for Change began partnering with Thomson Elementary (DCPS) in the 2011-2012 school year, the community was fighting to recover its reputation after a scandal, parents were fed-up with inadequate family engagement, test scores were lagging, and soon after school started the new assistant principal, Carmen Shepherd, became the interim leader. Parent […]

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