Have you ever wished that there was a way to engage more parents in schools and schoolwork? Frustrated by poor attendance at school functions or the same parents showing up for Parent Teacher Meetings the same parents doing all the volunteering.

We would like to suggest that there are solutions that can be shared so we are organizing a “Smackdown” of parent engagement tools, activities and resources that folks are using in their schools and communities.

On Monday December 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM PST/7:00PM EST we will meet in our BlackBoard Collaborate room sharing our own favourite tools and resources. This is your chance to join us, take the mic and spend 2 minutes talking about a tool you use, a website that inspired you, an event you’d like people to hear about.

You don’t have to worry there are no cameras involved and you can relax in front of your computer and listen/live chat with us and other participants as we all talk about engaging parents in schools.

To help with the planning we have a Google Doc ready for you to post your ideas and let us know how you use it. We’d love it if you let us know you can join us.

Please head to http://tinyurl.com/PEngTools to share the tool or resources you and see what others have contributed. Then, if you can, join our Parents as Partners webcast on Monday, Dec. 10 (more details below).

Not sure what to share?

* Does your parent-teacher organization have a great idea that would help others?

* If you are a teacher, what website, book or strategy helps you think about interactions with families?

* How do you harness the power of parents for the benefit of student learning?

Join Parents as Partners webcast on Monday, Dec. 10 4:00pm PT/7:00pm PT to share and/or hear about others’ suggestions. A few minutes before showtime link to http://tinyurl.com/ETTpasp


Creating conditions for Parent Engagement

December 4, 2012

Chris Wejr, Principal at a K-6 school in Agassiz, BC. joined us on Parents as Partners on Monday November 26, 2012 to share his experiences and philosophy in working with parents. I know you will really enjoy listening to his presentation.

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Parents as Partner Episode 53 Oct. 15, 2012 Ignite Parents with Tracy Bachellier

October 17, 2012

If you are looking for an exciting and innovative way to engage parents in your school or school board, please listen to the recording for Episode 53. Tracy Bachellier shared how the Avond Maitland District School Board organized an event that brought parents, teachers, administrators, trustees and the community together to support student learning. Ignite […]

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Exciting parent engagement projects created by parents for parents

October 13, 2012

Parents as Partners is pleased to announce our upcoming show on Monday October 15, 2012 at 4:00PM PT/7:00 PM ET Tracy Bachellier will be our special guest. Tracy has been self-employed since 1998 and owns two small businesses together with her husband, Dean. She lives in Stratford, Ontario and is the proud mom of three […]

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Parents as Partners is Back!!! the 2012-2013 Season is starting Monday Sept 24, 2012

September 22, 2012

Maria Fisk and Lorna Costantini are starting up the new fall season of Parents as Partners at Edtechtalk. Our first show will star you! We are starting off with a brainstorming session and you are invited to join us. You can take the mic if you want ( please have a USB headset ready) or […]

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Parents as Partners Episode 51 Aaron Puley Turning Walls Into Windows: Making Learning Trans-”Parent”

June 12, 2012

Please enjoy the recording of our interview with Aaron Puley. It is an extensive discussion about engaging parents and 21st Century Fluencies. Our conversation filled a good hour+ as we delved into numerous ideas that Aaron uses in his role as Student and Parent Engagement Consultant with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board in Hamilton, […]

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Turning Walls Into Windows: Making Learning Trans-”Parent”

June 7, 2012

Monday June 11, 2012 Aaron Puley – @bloggucation will be the special guest on Parents as Partners.

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Parents as Partners Episode 48 with Heidi Hass Gable

April 5, 2012

If you missed the show on Monday April 2, 2012, Heidi Hass Gable gave a wonderful presentation on parent leadership describing how parents can work with schools. You can view the full Black Board Collaborate recording here or watch the video in the sidebar.

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How to Work Together not Against Each Other: Parents as Part of the Educational Change Conversation

March 30, 2012

Every once and awhile you get a chance to giggle. You down right feel happy and excited about what is going on in your life. I had a giggle (I know it is one of many I am going to have) when Maria Fisk (www.thinkparenting.com) agreed to co-host Parents as Partners at EdTechTalk. Maria has […]

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If you listen carefully ……

February 22, 2012

Monday night there was a great conversation going on in the Chat in the Parents as Partners webcast. Shannon Smith was giving a great presentation about using social media in schools. We were talking about using Twitter as a way to connect parents to the conversations at school. The issue of challenges and solutions emerged […]

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