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Engaging the Public in Public Education: Back to School Resources

While public confidence in our public schools is at an all time low, there are signs of hope that positive change is on the horizon. Energetic dialogue about how we might embark on the journey toward this change is prevalent in the media, twitter exchanges, and in private conversations. The public is hungry for change, looking for meaningful ways to engage in the process, ready to lend a hand in improving
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School and Community Engagement

At a nearby elementary school, third-graders eagerly await a bus full of senior citizens to continue their lessons on how to surf the web and send e-mails to their peers and family. Twice a week, these “tech tutors” engage with their older partners from the local senior center to increase their technology knowledge and skills.The collaboration between the local school and senior center
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Public Engagement Through Teaching and Learning

We all stand to gain tremendous resources, expertise, and support from having a broader base of constituents working toward a shared vision of public schools as vibrant centers of learning which radiate a positive, safe, and caring environment within which all students thrive. Rather than relegating "outsiders" to the sidelines, schools need to nurture mutually beneficial relationships with parents,
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Is Student Engagement Easier Said Than Done?

Recently, I was talking with educators about how they prepare for the start of the school year. Everyone buzzed about the new academic year. I heard about every educational issue under the sun. Topics included new teacher evaluation rules, principal and teacher reassignments, student discipline, testing and more. I wondered aloud where student engagement and leadership fits into the picture. How strategies
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Power, Relationships and Language

A few months back, I had the opportunity to work with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education and the IDEA Partnership. Our focus was on “self-determination and youth investment” for young people with all sorts of abilities. The group included the deaf and hard of hearing, the physical disabilities community, the autism community, the mental health community, and
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