A Conversation: Family Engagement and Student Success

In this podcast Michael Andrews, father, educator, and Director for Leadership Development at Flamboyan Foundation in Washington, DC, addresses the following crucial guideposts for building family engagement within schools.

  • Why family engagement is essential to student success in school
  • What effective family engagement looks like when practiced
  • How administrators, parents and educators can work together to build effective relationships.

Listen and learn about what action each stakeholder (parent, educator, administrator) can take to build authentic relationships that positively affect students’ academic success.

To support you on your journey toward cultivating a family-inclusive learning environment please check out the following resources provided by the Virginia Department of Education:

Tips and Strategies for Increasing Parent and Family Involvement in Virginia Schools

Collaborative Family-School Relationships for Children’s Learning

National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships: Potential Resources for Standard 6 – Collaborating with Community

Teacher & Parent Support for Student Engagement Resource Guide

Mastering Math Using the Proceduralizing Strategy

At all levels, math problem solving requires specific, ordered steps.  Simple recall of steps is only a small part of the process.  The desired learning outcome is for students to be able to identify the appropriate procedure and to understand how to apply it and why it works.  Students with disabilities and other students who struggle with math may have difficulty remembering, understanding, and/or executing steps in the problem-solving process.  The Proceduralizing Strategy (Thomas, Brunsting, & Warrick, 2010), when used throughout Tier 1, 2, and 3 instruction, can reduce barriers with recall and application. [Read more…]

Mother And Son Share the Impact of the I’m Determined Project

In this podcast Jonathan Brooks, a youth leader for the I’m Determined Project, and his mother, Tiffany Burton, highlight how the life skills learned through this project have helped them to make positive changes in their lives –  both academically and personally.   Jonathan shares how his involvement with I’m Determined has improved his self-esteem. Tiffany provides her perspective as a parent involved with the project, and reveals how it has impacted her younger son as well.

Proactive Preparation: Secondary Mathematics Standards of Learning Tests

It’s that time of year again – time for targeted and effective instructional remediation to prepare students for Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments.  How do we decide the skill areas in which our math students need remediation?  Once those skills have been identified, how do we provide effective remediation that is more than just repetition of the classroom lessons to which they have already been exposed?

[Read more…]