The Impact of COVID in High Poverty Schools

 The pandemic has shone a spotlight on inequality in America. School closures and social isolation have impacted all students but particularly those living in lower socioeconomic households. A new study suggests that the achievement gap is likely to widen due to the pandemic and the sudden closures of schools. The researchers provide insights about the scope of the problem and … Read More

alex perezThe Impact of COVID in High Poverty Schools

Preparing for Parent & Family Engagement After the Pandemic

  COVID-19 has impacted how schools are operating and many schools are left wondering how to prepare staff for parent and family engagement. We have been working with educators for 20 years with our research-based parent engagement programs, training, and materials. Here are a few strategies to incorporate into your plans for staff development with school staff that we know … Read More

Katherine Del MontePreparing for Parent & Family Engagement After the Pandemic

English Learner Requirements under Title I and Title III

Title I provides funds to improve basic school programs and to ensure economically and socially disadvantaged students receive equal opportunity for access to a quality education. These Title I funds are meant to improve academic support for low performing students and support additional teachers and paraprofessionals who focus on mathematics, English language arts support, and preschool programs. Title III provides … Read More

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Are Latino Immigrant Parents’ Skills Transferring Into the School Culture?

 Parenting skills are part of the process of raising a child.  Most parents want to help their children achieve their greatest potential so that they can do well in school and ultimately succeed in life.  Parenting skills aren’t set in stone, and they can vary by socioeconomic status and cultural norms, among other factors. Latino immigrant parents take pride in … Read More

alex perezAre Latino Immigrant Parents’ Skills Transferring Into the School Culture?

Online Staff Development During School Closures & Reopenings

One year ago, parents and teachers across the country were faced with something that many never even dreamt of – widespread school closures.  This unprecedented disruption of the education system has parents searching for ways to help their children with their daily learning.  At some point, schools will be back in full swing; however, in the meantime, we want to … Read More

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Connecting ELA with Students to Parent Involvement

Parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) oftentimes find it difficult to comprehend their children’s experiences in the classroom. While their children are adjusting to school demands, they are also learning a new language. Many parents don’t understand how they can help their children in their English Language Arts (ELA) classes. That is why it is so important for teachers to … Read More

alex perezConnecting ELA with Students to Parent Involvement

Learning at Home – Tips in Spanish & English

The words parental involvement have changed almost overnight.  In a matter of just a few days, many schools closed, students went home to learn remotely, and parents are in charge of overseeing their student’s learning at home. Some parents have little or no understanding of technology and lots of parents are scrambling to set up a space for learning in … Read More

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The CARES Act – New Education Legislation in the Wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked the need for new legislation in our nation.  That is why our government has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27th, 2020.  The CARES ACT has allocated $30.75 billion to the Department of Education in order to meet the needs of both students and educators during this … Read More

alex perezThe CARES Act – New Education Legislation in the Wake of COVID-19

Creating a Local Resource List for Families During COVID-19

Families have a lot to digest during this time of the COVID-19 crisis.  Many families aren’t sure what to expect regarding their jobs, their bills, and basic necessities.  When under this much pressure, families may not know how to navigate the resources that are available for them.  That’s why it is important for school administrators to create a list of … Read More

Katherine Del MonteCreating a Local Resource List for Families During COVID-19

Reaching Out to Families in Survival Mode

During this time of school closures, it’s important to remember that half of our students across America are from families that are considered low income. Some parents may have lost their income, and some continue to work while their children are expected to stay at home, leaving lots of parents strapped for childcare.  Oftentimes, low income parents are just trying … Read More

alex perezReaching Out to Families in Survival Mode