EDUCATION WEEK: Schools Are Using Social Networking to Involve Parents

Wendy Lazarus, the chief executive officer and co-founder of The Children’s Partnership, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based nonprofit that helped launch a school-based digital education initiative for parents in the Los Angeles area several years ago, said most of the attention around technology in education focuses either solely on schools or solely on the home.

To have parents become both digitally literate and more engaged in their children’s education, schools and organizations need to make bridging the gap between home and school a priority, she said.

“New dollars aren’t necessarily needed to implement a school-to-home model, but leaders would need to allow schools and school districts to blend funding from different sources,” Ms. Lazarus said. “The model takes leadership, commitment, and a partnership sustained over time. And to achieve meaningful results, it needs to be available widely, not just in pilot efforts.”

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