Saturday, March 12, 2011

Contracts and school policy; using data in family engagement

1. Advancing student achievement through labor-management collaboration
2. Using data to transform family engagement

Interesting reading for those of you interested in how contracts affect student outcome.

”Advancing Student Achievement Through Labor-Management Collaboration grew out of an event the Department of Education held in Denver on February 15 and 16. We brought together school board presidents, superintendents, and union leaders from 150 school districts in 40 states for a two-day conference on how to put students at the center of the labor-management relationship.

“As the enclosed document shows, there are school districts in America today that have moved beyond the
adversarial labor-management relationship and made great progress on issues like teacher evaluation, compensation, staffing and placement decisions, benefits, and strategic agenda-setting.

“These relationships are defined by a sense of shared responsibility, shared accountability, and shared sacrifice, and they proceed from the understanding that we stand or fall together on the quality of education that we provide to our children and young people.” – Arne Duncan in a letter to the governors

Great resources to share with council leaders and PTA presidents, principals and superintendents – anyone interested in developing ways to partner around instruction.

This is the second issue in a series of briefs. The first, Seeing is Believing,( looked at a variety of innovative practices to promote family engagement. Breaking New Ground narrows its focus to how sharing data can help families partner around instruction and improve parent-teacher communication.

The link to Breaking New Ground also links to resources and tools referenced in the brief. (How student assessment scores are explained to parents; academic pacing guides for parents; college readiness tracking tool; tools for parents to help kids with academic goal setting, etc)

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