A group of national civil rights organizations just released a series of recommendations on school reform. It includes a number of good ideas, including ones related to parent and community engagement.
I write about them in a post at my other blog, Engaging Parents In Schools. You might be interested in reading “Good Ideas In Proposal From Civil Rights Groups,” which includes sharing my skepticism that the report will have any effect.
I think that Parental involvement and engagement is paramount in taking student achievement to a higher level.