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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

Four Ways to Strengthen Partnerships with Families of ELL Students

Families of English Language Learners aren’t a rare exception—they’re a valuable part of school communities, and it’s time to treat them like partners.

Editorial Staff

The Most Important Questions School Leaders Should Ask Community Members

“To me, authentic engagement means going out into the neighborhood and listening to people. Meeting people where they are, under their circumstances. Sometimes that can feel uncomfortable for folks.”

Jessica Wilbanks

Language Isn’t a Barrier—It’s an Opportunity

Serving over 4,500 English language learners, Durham Public Schools knows the vital role families of English language learners play in student success.

Editorial Staff

On the Road with Dr. Blackburn: A Superintendent’s Listening Tour

In Florida, Brevard County Schools Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn discusses his five steps for effective community engagement, and why selfies and spreadsheets are at the heart of his community engagement strategy.

Editorial Staff

The Case For Community Engagement

Today, we’re sharing a set of resources for fostering authentic community engagement.

Kenya Bradshaw

A Parent’s Bill of Rights

As a parent, you have more rights than you might think when it comes to your child’s education. Here’s what you should expect from your child’s school and district.

Editorial Staff

An Award-Winning Way to Partner with Parents

A strong home visit program can lead to lower dropout rates, improved reading skills, and increased parent involvement.

Jessica Wilbanks

Can Rural Kids Live the American Dream, Too?

Our Executive Vice President discusses how her rural upbringing taught her the importance of schools as community hubs, and the many ways in which that influences her rural work at TNTP.

Tequilla Brownie

Hither and Yon: The Value of Rural Place

The founder of Rural Schools Collaborative discusses why he believes public schools might be the best bets we have for strengthening rural America.

Ryan Fowler

Why I Don’t Believe in “Saving” Schools

For one former principal, community engagement is not just about sending teachers out into the community; it’s also important to bring the community into the school.

Nikki Grier

Why Social Justice Should’ve Been at the Heart of My Teaching, But Wasn’t

Years after leaving the classroom, an educator reflects on the crucial component his teaching lacked: He wasn’t spending enough energy getting to know who his students were.

Steven LaFemina

Formation: Cultural Relevance in a Contemporary Classroom

A Fishman Prize winner forges powerful relationships with students in his A.P. Literature class by studying contemporary artists whose words, thoughts, and experiences mirror their own.

Matthew Patterson

The Making of a Classroom Community

By ceding control of her classroom and giving students a voice, a Fishman Prize winning teacher built a community that pushes each other to achieve in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Heather Howle

Join a Conversation with the Fishman Winners

How can students, teachers, and communities collaborate to help all kids meet their aspirations? The 2016 Fishman Prize winners reflect in essays and invite you to share your thoughts.

Dan Weisberg

How to Be More Than “Just a Teacher”

In addition to great instruction, students need support, love, and encouragement. Learning how to give them this isn’t always found in resources, books, or teacher development workshops.

Eric Hale

Engaged Parents and Communities: The Secret to Defying Expectations in D.C.

After serving as Chancellor of DCPS for five years, Kaya Henderson steps down today. Here, she shares her vision for effective community engagement, and how she hopes DCPS can sustain it.

Kenya Bradshaw

Raising Parent Voices to Demand a Better Education

As states craft plans to implement ESSA, there is much to learn from the ways organizations like the National Council of La Raza engage families and communities on education.

Leticia de la Vara

Adding Innovation and Heart to District Communications

In the Houston Independent School District, a thoughtful communications strategy helps the whole community—from families to teachers to district staff—become more engaged in ensuring students succeed.

Jessica Wilbanks

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