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edWeb.net and Schoolwires announce a new online professional learning community to support parent involvement and community engagement in K-12

By Abi Mandelbaum
October 6th, 2014

PRINCETON, NJ, October 6, 2014 – In schools where there is strong parent involvement and community engagement, children tend to do better academically, stay in school longer, and like school more as well. Each school plays a critical role in determining the level of involvement of its parents and other community members. Education leaders can build stronger relationships with everyone who contributes to their schools by learning best practices from peers and experts. An online professional learning community is an effective tool for bringing education leaders together to learn these skills.

edWeb.net and Schoolwires have created Parent Involvement & Community Engagement in K-12, a free professional learning community (PLC) where school leaders can learn how to improve parent communications and better involve their communities as partners in school decisions that affect students and families. The new PLC gives district and school administrators, teachers, and parents a forum to post questions, start discussions, and get feedback from peers and experts on all aspects of family engagement and its positive effects on student achievement.

The Parent Involvement & Community Engagement in K-12 PLC is part of edWeb.net, a professional learning and social network for the education community. This PLC provides free webinars that share research and resources to help K-12 leaders become more knowledgeable about the power of family and community engagement and its positive impacts on student achievement. Educators receive a CE Certificate for attending a live webinar or for viewing a recording. The PLC also hosts online discussions for educators to share ideas, practices, and examples of improving and expanding parent involvement and community engagement in K-12 schools. Parent Involvement & Community Engagement in K-12 is a growing PD hub with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere.

Schoolwires is dedicated to K-12 education, and to the people who are part of every local school community – students, families, teachers, administrators, and supporters of education. Their mobile and web-based solutions are expressly designed to foster student, teacher, and parent engagement. Today, more than 10 million users in the U.S. and China rely on Schoolwires content management system, mobile solutions, and safe collaborative learning community to drive engagement in the classroom, locally, and across the globe.

“The Schoolwires community is off to a great start. This is our first community that addresses parent involvement which is so important for student success,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net. “We are delighted to launch this effort with Schoolwires and to help them reach school leaders and parent involvement coordinators.”

Schoolwires’ Chief Executive Officer, Christiane Crawford added, “Schoolwires is committed to helping every K-12 community reach its optimal level of engagement. Parent Involvement & Community Engagement in K-12 is a valuable resource that enables us to lead, share and contribute to important conversations between parents, teachers and K-12 leaders.”

The community’s next live, interactive webinar is on Wednesday, October 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. School administrators and leaders can register here for “Then and Now: Developing Programs of Family and Community Involvement for Student Success,” led by Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University.

Past webinars are archived for on-demand viewing in the community’s growing webinar library. Available sessions include “Avoiding Student Brain Drain: 3 Powerful Ways to Inspire Student Learning,” “Don’t Quit! Improving Your District’s Community Engagement & Communication Is Possible,” and “Boosting School-to-Home Connections: Proven Strategies & Tactics.”

Education leaders are invited join the free Parent Involvement & Community Engagement in K-12 professional learning community on edWeb to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO, edWeb.net
908-407-2755 | lisa@edweb.net

Marc Rubner, Vice President, Marketing, Schoolwires
814-272-5178 | marc.rubner@schoolwires.com

About Schoolwires
Schoolwires, Inc. provides a suite of technology products and related services to more than 1,600 educational entities, including K-12 school districts and schools in the United States and China. The company’s technologies are designed to foster community, student, teacher and parent engagement in the classroom, locally and internationally. Its solutions include an integrated website and content management system, a safe social learning and networking system, a family of mobile solutions, and an enterprise technology platform. Schoolwires brings together a district’s essential technologies, information, and content to effectively engage the K-12 community in support of district and student success. The company currently serves an estimated 11 million users and has been recognized as one of the top privately held education companies for the seventh consecutive year by Inc. magazine. Schoolwires was incorporated on April 5, 2000 and is headquartered in State College, PA with offices in Beijing, China.

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to connect and collaborate, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts online professional learning communities for educators to connect with peers and experts all around the country and the world on the most innovative and progressive areas in education. edWeb professional learning programs offer free webinars, online chats and discussions, archived resources, and CE certificates. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need – edWeb fills that gap. Learn more at www.edweb.net or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

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About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.