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“We are very specific and deliberate,” says Superintendent Cavazos, “about the type of training we’re doing with parents… to help them help their children meet their learning objectives” (WRIE Atlanta). In the video clip below Dr. Cavazos shares about how his district engages parents; the important thing, he says, is that “it is not just for certain parents, it’s for all parents.”

 

Parents may not be accustomed to being asked if they are satisfied with their children’s educational experience. Therefore, school leaders and teachers must work to build trust with parents. Pilcher and Largue suggest one of the best ways to do that is by rolling out student learning results and parent satisfaction data, and by making parents partners in their children’s learning (pp. 130-131). The goal? School leaders, teachers, and parents working together to help students manage their behavior, improve their learning, and recognize and reward success.

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Dr. Marcelo Cavazos is the Superintendent of Arlington Independent School District (TX). The video clip is his response to a question about parent engagement in his school district during his presentation at What’s Right in Education Atlanta. What’s Right in Education is an opportunity for educational leaders to connect with other high performing educational leaders, and discuss how to set board and superintendent measures and cascade those across all levels of leadership in the district; identify what “right” looks like in service excellence; and become part of a district leadership collaborative. For more information about our next What’s Right in Education visit http://eblk12.com.

Pilcher, Janet, and Largue, Robin. 2012. How to Lead Teachers to Become Great. Gulf Breeze, FL: Fire Starter Publishing.

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