March 20, 2017

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Racial Bias in Parent Communication

Racial Bias

Several months ago I completed a quick online test from Project Complicit that was designed to measure implicit stereotyping and biases. The process was really thought provoking and it lead to several good conversations with colleagues about how we interact with students.  One thing that I hadn’t considered at the time was how dramatically an educator’s […]

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March 15, 2017

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Understanding vs. Appreciating

Supporting Families

I read a case study this week that ended up leading to some great discussion with a few colleagues.  The study told the story of a 13 year old Vietnamese boy named Khoi who had lived with his mother in Seattle for the last 8 months.   Khoi was suspended from school for 5 days for standing too […]

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March 4, 2017

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Cultural Mindfulness

Cultural Mindfulness

In a Forbes article from 2015 called Why You Need Cultural Intelligence, folks from the IESE Business School explain the concept of cultural intelligence as a sort of x-factor that has the potential to “drive up innovation and creativity” as it allows someone to integrate different perspectives across cultural barriers.  They talk about the immense […]

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February 25, 2017

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The Engagement Continuum

Engagement Continuum

The focus this week has been on engaging parents and families.  Part of the conversation that has been sticking with me is the distinction between parent participation, parent involvement and parent engagement.  When you think about the words participation, involvement, and engagement as they relate to relationships, they have a very different connotation.  I don’t […]

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February 11, 2017

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Keeping it Local

Last week I found myself carefully exploring the details of the LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) and the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan).  How’s that for a engaging hook for a blog post? The formula itself is somewhat interesting, as there are several variables in play that impact how much money is allotted to each district […]

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