A free forum taking place Monday, January 9 will showcase success stories that exemplify how community engagement, collaboration, and innovation can be harnessed to develop our youngest children into our strongest students.
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The public school teachers who run the Connecticut STEM Academy have a deep belief in STEM’s ability to engage students and in the importance of family and community involvement in student learning.
Since its founding in 2012, support from CEA, the NEA Foundation, and other groups has allowed the STEM Academy to multiply its program offerings, serving hundreds of students in many different Connecticut towns. The innovative enrichment program places a special emphasis on gender equity, cultural diversity, and direct family involvement.
Watch what the teachers who run the academy have to say about why the programs it offers are so important for students.
“If you have no family and community engagement strategy, there will be no school improvement,” Karen Mapp, Ed.D., a community engagement expert, told a room crowded with over 120 people at the Holiday Inn in East Hartford this afternoon. The group of parents, community members, educators, future educators, and administrators attended the Community Forum — Linking for Learning — to learn more about building relationships between schools and communities.
Mapp, a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management master’s program, said that many times schools don’t tell families all of what they need to know. “A lot of what we tell parents is about discipline and rules,” she said. “They want to know about academics. We need to make academic offerings more family friendly.” Read more
A recent New York Times op-ed claimed that parental involvement isn’t important to student achievement and may hamper kids’ success in school. Controversy draws readers, but an article in NEA Today explains the many problems with this assertion and the study the op-ed authors cite.
Anne Henderson, a leading expert on family and community engagement who spoke earlier this year at a community forum sponsored by CEA and other education groups, is quoted in the NEA Today piece as saying, “There is a large body of reliable research that shows well-designed family engagement practices are associated with higher grades, higher test scores, better attendance, more motivation, and moving onto post-secondary education.” Read more