Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Parents = The New Economic Stimulus Package for Ed

Back to School season is here – how are you planning to support your children’s education this year?

There is a new campaign to encourage greater parental involvement in education: The Great Parents Pledge being launched by GreatSchools, the national education nonprofit that 35 million people turn to in order to find the right school and support their children’s education.

Other supporters of the Great Parents Pledge include best-selling author Po Bronson; actor/comedian/former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corrdry; Debbie Phelps, mother of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps; CEO Charles Best; actor and CafeMom co-founder Andrew Shue; writer and education activist Sandra Tsing Loh; children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner; and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain – all of whom are encouraging parents nationwide to take The Great Parents Pledge and commit to greater involvement in their kids’ education during Back to School and the coming school year.

As parents confront the most challenging economic climate in recent history – with family, state and school budgets tighter than ever – The Great Parents Pledge calls on parents to exercise their influence by committing to three free, easy and effective ways they can dramatically increase their child’s academic success:

1. Read or talk 20 minutes a day with your child

2. Partner with your child’s teacher

3. Volunteer at your child’s school

In this way, parents may well be the new economic stimulus package for education as the Great Recession persists.

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