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Harvard's Karen Mapp on ESSA, family engagement and how schools and communities can partner to help kids succeed

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The Every Student Succeeds Act contains a subtle difference from previous legislation when it comes to connecting families with schools: The phrase "parental involvement" has been changed to "family engagement." Subtle, but important, said Karen Mapp, who pushed for this change during her time as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education in 2013, as ESSA was being crafted. Now a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mapp said she'll never forget an encounter she had while she was deputy superintendent of family engagement for Boston Public Schools. more


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