Making a school district work for you
Wondering how to use the system to get your child into a great school? Check out these insider tips from a parent advocate.
Let your legislators hear from you
Let your elected officials know where you stand on the issues that affect schools and your child's education.
Create a parenting network and discover the benefits
Find support and fellow advocates by creating a parenting network.
Mom gets involved and then brings in other parents
Getting Involved: Tanyit Arellanos organized volunteers to help supervise students and encouraged Latino parents to become involved at school.
The school visit: what to look for, what to ask
There's no substitute for visiting the schools on your list, so you can get a sense of the school environment and get your questions answered.
Know the system to get your child into the school of your choice
Smart parents follow the rules down to the small details to get their children into their preferred school.
Making the most of your parent-teacher conference
Learn what issues to focus on and how to plan for a productive parent-teacher conference.
Jockeying for teachers: is it the right thing to do?
Should parents get to request certain teachers for their children?
Why parents volunteer
Field trip chaperones, reading group leaders, new petri dishes for experiments — teachers need us in many ways. But what gets you to chip in your time, expertise, and money?
Making the most of teacher meetings
How to have a successful parent-teacher conference.
Our public school tried to kick my daughter out!
The district's plan trumped my daughter's needs and ignored her success as it tried to maneuver us out of the way.
When traditional school fails your child mid-year, what's a parent to do? As one desperate mom discovers, there's no place like home.
Dealing with so-so teachers
Take charge of your child's education by making the most of a less than ideal instructor.
What happens if you get a bad teacher?
How to cope when your child's teacher is out and out terrible.
What does teacher tenure mean for parents?
Experts say the California tenure case has huge national significance, but what does it mean for your child?
What would your child do? | Caught being kind
Kids are learning emotional intelligence skills at school. But how will they act when no adults are around? It's not always easy to do the kind thing.
Empathy's poster child
Touched by an image of child slaves, a little girl pledges to do something about it — and turns her family upside down.