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What's a More Important Parent Investment: Money or Time?

Two new international studies look at how parents judge how to invest in their children's education, and what happens to children's academic progress when one parent can't be involved.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Breaking Down the Myths That Lead Young Students to Miss School

A new study finds one intervention cut early absenteeism by 15 percent by correcting common parent misconceptions about attendance.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Missouri Teachers See Student Academic Gains After Making Home Visits

A new study found that students who received teacher home visits did better on state tests and had better attendance records than students whose homes were not visited.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Can Visiting Students at Home Make Teachers Less Biased?

A study by RTI International and Johns Hopkins University found evidence that teachers' assumptions and biases about their students' families can change after visiting their homes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

The Family Roots of Math Anxiety

Children learn what they live, particularly when it comes to loving or fearing mathematics, a new study finds.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Here's How Dads Can Engage in Their Children's Education in the New School Year

Guest post by Dr. Joe Mazza *Disclaimer: This article is not aimed to discount the work moms, grandmoms and other female role models have done and continue to do as it relates to parenting and family-community engagement, but to inspire dads to STEP UP and work to level the playing field in the best<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Dads Shape Their Kids' Education in More Ways Than You Know, Research Says

Though much of the parent involvement research focuses on mothers, emerging studies show involved fathers can significantly improve their children's educational progress, too.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Teacher-Parent Communication Needs to Improve, Studies Say

Teachers and parents need to work on communication with one another, two recent studies suggest, and that may be especially true when immigrant students or students of color are involved.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Study: Teachers May Need Training in How to Deal With Parent Harassment

A new study shows that teachers with negative parental interactions are more likely to have such experiences. How can teachers deal with parental harassment?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Keep Your Students Close But Your Parents Closer

When teachers open up their classrooms and their teaching to parents, they build mutual trust and respect and avoid the nasty business of conflict, Eoin Lenihan writes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Teachers View Immigrant Parents as Less Involved. That Mindset May Be Hurting Students

Students whose teachers viewed their parents as less engaged in their schooling had lower grade point averages and were less likely to be recommended for advanced courses, according to a new study.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Engage Parents by Acting With Empathy

Learning how to listen and act with empathy is radically different from assuming traditional roles of teachers as experts, John M. Holland writes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Talking With Students' Parents Can Be Uncomfortable. Do It Anyway.

By building relationships and keeping the communication lines open and honest, parents feel included and involved in their child's education, teacher Beth Adreon says.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

First Food Deserts, Now Book Deserts, Deprive Poor Students, Study Finds

'Food deserts' have long been a concern. But what happens when poor young children have little access to "food for the mind"?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Healthy Parent-Teacher Relationships Start With Healthy Student-Teacher Ones

Teacher Adrianne G. Williams cultivates an environment where she focuses on students' interpersonal qualities as well as their academic ones. The students see her effort, she says, and the parents follow.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What a Lesson Plan for Parent Engagement Looks Like

Let's make engaging students and families beyond our classrooms a part of every lesson plan, Megan M. Allen writes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How Do Parents Choose a 'High Quality' School?

The ease or difficulty of finding information is one of the factors that can shape how parents choose schools.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Some Recent Headlines About Parent-Involvement Issues

Here's a news roundup that features three recent stories about parent-involvement issues, including some interesting developments in California and Florida.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

There's a Disconnect Between Parent Expectations and Student Realities

A first look at new federal data on parent involvement suggests a disconnect between parents' expectations and school outcomes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Tighter Home-School Bonds Improve Students' Social and Emotional Skills (as Well as Academics)

Partnering with parents can help students of any age who have trouble with social or mental health issues. But the devil is in the details, finds an analysis of more than 100 studies.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

A Teacher's Analysis of When a Lesson Goes Wrong (Video)

Sarah Brown Wessling, an English teacher at Johnston High School in Iowa, shares how she bounces back after a 'bad' lesson. Overplanning can result in an overly complex lesson, so it's important to make changes as the lesson goes on, based on the needs of students.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

The 'Oscar Winners' of Teaching Share Their Secrets for Success

The winners of the 2017-18 Milken Educator Award share the best teaching advice they've ever received.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

What Has Been Your Biggest Classroom-Management Mistake?

The new question-of-the-week is: What is the biggest classroom management mistake you ever made and what did you learn from it?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Second-Year Teachers Share Advice for Rookies (Video)

Two second-year teachers read tweets with advice for new teachers, and reflect on their own struggles and triumphs.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Do Fidget Spinners Belong in the Classroom? Teachers Are Divided

Fidgets spinners are supposed to help students sit still and focus. But many teachers say it's having the exact opposite effect.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

High Impact Learning Environments: The Key to Increasing Student Engagement?

Let's look at an instance where a school district partnered with an educational services firm to create high-impact learning environments in their schools.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Response: The Biggest Classroom-Management Mistakes

Theresa Staley, Judy Reinhartz, Lindsey Palmieri, and Louise Goldberg share their experiences with making classroom management mistakes.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Creating Positive Classroom Culture With Encouraging Language (Video)

Sixth grade teacher Suney Park shares how using positive language can build students' self-esteem and foster a positive learning environment.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Want to Avoid Classroom Interruptions? Try Rearranging Desks (Video)

This 4th grade teacher demonstrates how she arranges the desks in her classroom to facilitate student collaboration.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

More Teachers' Union Leaders Come Out Against New Student-Discipline Policies

Fresno and Des Moines teachers join educators in New York City and Indianapolis to charge that new student-disciplinary codes are resulting in unmanageable classrooms.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Step Back: Promoting Independent Thinking (Video)

Maria Franco, a 3rd grade teacher from Orange Grove Elementary School in Somerton, Ariz., takes a step back during lessons to promote independence and foster student conversations.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

A Teacher Reviews Her Popular Classroom Strategy for Literary Analysis (Video)

High school English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling unpacks her use of pattern folders to teach about themes in literature.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

A Classroom Strategy: The Line-Up Game (Video)

Elizabeth Iwaszewicz, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco, uses music to help students focus their attention as they line up. She uses Jeopardy!'s theme song to make the routine like a quick and timed game.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How to Make the Most of Teaching Without a Classroom (Video)

High school teacher Sarah Brown Wessling shows how she makes classroom essentials portable so that she can move throughout the building.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

How to Build a School From Scratch: One Principal's Story

After principal Nadia Lopez founded Mott Hall Bridges Academy in New York City, her commitment to her students' success earned national recognition from then-President Barack Obama. What did the experience teach her?<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Teachers, Especially Women, Are Prone to Vocal Damage, Research Finds

More than half of all teachers develop a voice disorder during their lifetime, and female teachers have a significantly higher risk than their male counterparts, research finds.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

A Teacher Reviews Her Lesson Plans on Critical Thinking and Analysis (Video)

High school English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling evaluates her strategy for helping students develop analysis and critical thinking skills.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

5 Must-Have Classroom Management Apps, Tools, and Resources

For most teachers, classroom management is one of the biggest challenges. Luckily, edtech can help. Use these five classroom management apps, tools, and resources to minimize classroom management issues and maximize instructional time.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Building a Positive Classroom Culture With Social-Skills Goals (Video)

By identifying how social skills—such as being respectful and staying on task—look and sound, students discuss how they can exemplify these traits to build a positive classroom culture.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

Wiggle While You Work: Study Finds Bouncy Bands Keep Students On Task

Bands that let students stretch their feet back and forth while sitting can reduce off-task behaviors, an independent study has found.<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>