Parental engagement required; an EdTech conversation outside the school

Much of this Meetup’s focus has been on technology effecting teachers and students, but what about the parents? How are they participating in the conversation, and what are the tools allowing them greater insight into their students’ educational experience? We want to talk with engaged parents and the companies that are ensuring these essential stakeholders are at the table.

* Alexandra Meis, Co-Founder, Director of Community Partnerships, Kinvolved
* Peter Bergman, Associate Professor, Columbia Teachers College
* Eric Goldberg, Community Education Council 2
* Jasmine Velazquez, Community Education Council 4
* Angelique LeDoux, Parent,  The Speyer Legacy School

Please note this event will also be available on Livestream (Link Here) for those that cannot attend in person.

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  • Alex R.

    Kudos for organizing a great meetup last night. It was informative and engaging; seems like a hot topic for future discussions/programming with NY EdTech.

    September 26, 2013

  • Priscilla G.

    Where can we see the livestream? Thanks!

    September 26, 2013

  • Som P.

    Great meetup. I thought the event organizers and panel members did a great job with engaging the group on a number of issues that seem to be overlooked by people within the space.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Barry N.

    Sorry, emergency came up.

    September 25, 2013

  • Nitya N.

    A topic that resonates highly with me - hope livestream is archived so I can catch this discussion later (have conflict for meetup tomorrow).

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • M

      Sorry to miss this- also looking forward to an archived stream if possible. Thanks! :)

      September 25, 2013

  • Alan R.

    Bill, if our goal is to provide students with the advantage of an education, and some children have good and effective parents that support successful outcomes, it seems counter-intuitive that some anyone would seek to mitigate those pockets of success. I think our focus needs to remain squarely on the families in need of additional guidance, strategies and support. Too often the issue is framed in a way that implies that one child's academic success somehow robs another child of their opportunity in life or standing within society. This is a zero-sum game; one child's success, be it through involved parents or an expensive Kumon program, takes nothing from other children and families

    September 25, 2013

    • Bill G.

      I agree with you that we have to not hold back those children that have good parents but rather find ways to mitigate the impact of ineffective parents on their children. At the same time, we need to not allow ineffective parents to hold back their own children. I find it unacceptable to hold the education of these children hostage to, or make it dependent on first rectifying the situation of the family. I see opportunities to help most of those children and while help from parents is welcome (and even desirable) we need ways to mitigate the impact of ineffective parents and leave family assistance to other agencies and organizations. I also believe, however, that before we focus on advancing the top even further, we need to focus on closing the education gap (by raising the bottom - not holding back the top).

      September 25, 2013

  • Bill G.

    I hope this meeting will include discussion about schools where the majority of parents are not able to help their children (don't care, no bandwidth because they are working 3 jobs to keep the family afloat, have little or no education themselves - maybe don't even speak language, etc.). In other words, what should we do where we have to write the parents off? The polarization of parents between helicopter parents that insist on being involved in everything and the above kinds of parents that tell teachers not to bother them unless there has been a murder have to be resolved somehow.

    Educators: "The #1 cause of bad education is the sad state of families and society, including poverty."

    Society: "The #1 cause of a messed up society is the failure of the education system."

    A real chicken and egg situation.

    2 · September 24, 2013

    • Nasir Q.

      In my opinion...* Apologies for typos and brevity. Typing and running :-)

      September 24, 2013

    • Bill G.

      With a 30% nationwide dropout rate and a significant % of high school graduates that can barely read, whatever is being done is not getting the job done. At the same time, children who attend schools with few poor children tie the best in the world so they really don't need much attention (although I can see that that is where most of the potential money is). In one major country there is a movement to ban homework so children with good and effective parents do not have an advantage that perpetuates class divisions. I just want to find ways to mitigate the effect of ineffective or even undesirable parents so that childrens' futures are not ruined just because of their parental situation. I know ways to accomplish that but I hope to hear ideas from others as well.

      September 24, 2013

  • Barry N.

    Always informative, Kudos to Adam.
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    September 16, 2013

  • Ross

    Realy looking forward to checking this out

    September 6, 2013

  • Laura

    I have struggled with obstacles surrounding parental involvement at my school for almost two decades!

    August 20, 2013

  • Bruce

    Yes

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Carl P.

    Looking forward to attending.

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Som P.

    Thank you for the invite, I look forward to attending

    1 · August 6, 2013

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