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Ben Carson: The Power of Parental Engagement


As the story of Ben Carson shows, when parents are engaged, great things can happen.

As the story of Ben Carson shows, when parents are engaged, great things can happen. (Tweet this quote.) He grew up in extreme poverty. His parents divorced after his mother, who had married at age 13, found out that her husband was a bigamist who had another wife and children. He grew up an African-American…
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Parental Engagement: Research Says It’s Important


Students whose parents are engaged in their education tend to do well. Study after study affirms that parental involvement is beneficial and even essential when it comes to student academic achievement.

Parental engagement has a huge impact on student’s academic achievement. Students whose parents are engaged in their education tend to do well. Study after study affirms that parental involvement is beneficial and even essential when it comes to student academic achievement. For example, one such study, entitled Parent Involvement in Early Intervention for Disadvantaged Children:…
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Parental Engagement – Music


Oftentimes “parental engagement” is as simple and profound as taking a few minutes to talk to your kids about something they are interested in.

Like many young people, when I entered my teenage years my tastes in music diverged from that of my parents as I began searching for sounds that resonated with my swirling thoughts and emotions. My mom took the time to engage with me, not as critic of my current taste in musical form but as someone…
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3 Tips for Parental Engagement


By simply being engaged with our kids, we are helping them build foundational learning skills that will help them throughout their education.

Research continually affirms that parental engagement is crucial for children’s academic success; here are helpful tips for parents. According to marriage and parenting expert Gary Smalley: “affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a…
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Family Engagement Matters in Early Math Learning


In this blog post we highlight takeaways from an e-newsletter that focuses family engagement in early math learning.

A recent e-newsletter from the Harvard Family Research Project highlighted family engagement in early math learning. In the introduction, the newsletter reminds us that math education, like all education, “develops anywhere, anytime, starting at birth.” This issue of the newsletter offers insights for both practitioners and families. Some of the main takeaways from one of…
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Homeschoolers Scored Higher on the SATs in 2014


Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute recently highlighted data on homeschoolers and SAT scores in 2014.

Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute recently highlighted data on homeschoolers and SAT scores. Based on reporting by the College Board, in 2014 homeschoolers scored higher than the national average on the SAT in all three sections: critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Dr. Ray reports that “(s)ome 13,549 homeschool seniors had…
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Toyota…and Families Learning Together?


What does Toyota have to do with families learning together? A twenty-five year partnership dedicated to building up communities on the local level.

What does the maker of hybrid cars and pickup trucks have in common with a nonprofit dedicated to families learning together? A twenty-five year partnership dedicated to building up communities on the local level. Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) have partnered together for 25 years, working towards increasing literary, family bonds,…
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Highlights from the U.S. Family Engagement Policy


Family engagement in education begins when we trust and partner with parents to support them.

In May, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) released a policy statement titled Family Engagement From The Early Years To The Early Grades. The statement defines family engagement as: The systematic inclusion of families in activities and programs that promote children’s development, learning, and wellness, including in the…
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