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PIQE: Supporting Families at School and Home

Jose, the youngest of five kids, moved to Oakdale, California from Mexico when he was just 10 years old. He and his family stepped into a daunting new reality, facing heartbreaking setbacks. “It was a struggle,” Jose recalled. “Not only did we have to learn a new language, but my brother passed away soon after our move.” But just two years after moving to Oakdale, Jose was a straight-A, honors middle school student. And today, less than one year after graduating from CSU Stanislaus with a BA in Business Administration, Jose is co-founder of the DREAMer Club in CSU Stanislaus…
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A Parent Academy Driving Toward One Goal: Ensure Students Succeed

The phrase “student success” likely brings to mind the image of a child in the classroom, putting pen to paper and working through complex math or reading comprehension problems. But it’s what happens behind the scenes—beyond the classroom walls—that can contribute to a student’s ability to reach his or her full potential. Families play a major role in encouraging, preparing, and monitoring the progress of their children in their educational journeys. But for many parents, significant barriers often prevent them from being as involved as they would like to with their child’s education. From a lack of understanding of the…
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Employers and Families Teaming Up on Behalf of Students in New Orleans

For busy families, navigating the education system can be intimidating. This is especially true today, because as education systems continue to grow, support for parents to understand those systems is not necessarily keeping pace. A nonprofit called EdNavigator launched in 2015 to help address this very challenge. They began by taking a close look at what barriers families faced to engaging in their child’s education. Not surprisingly, they discovered that low-income parents are often overwhelmed with responsibilities, unable to miss work, and face difficulties maneuvering through the changing and complex education system. “We put the demand on parents to access…
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Spotlight On Partners and Grantees Working to Get High Quality Aligned Instructional Materials to Teachers

Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional materials is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready. But too often, teachers do not have access to the tools and materials they need to grow and improve their practice and to best support their students. In fact, a study by the RAND Corporation finds that teachers take precious time hunting for high-quality instructional materials, turning to sites like Google and Pinterest. Similarly, through its evidence-based reviews, our partner EdReports.org finds that instructional materials are not always aligned…