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The Parent Trap

Always willing to pitch in, Kim Wilson’s what many educators call a “partner parent.” For her persistence in advocating for her child, Shani Weber laughingly calls herself an “Apache helicopter parent.” You probably know the types. But do you know the Loreleis of the world, who don’t feel welcome in school? Or the Jeaneth Lazimas, for whom language and culture are formidable barriers to helping their children succeed? Educators are finding new ways to involve these oft-absent parents as education partners, not just volunteers. You’ll find out how on page 26. And as you read through the magazine, you’ll notice changes, both big and small, that we hope make NEA Today even more engaging. Let us know what you think. As I sign off as editor of NEA Today and move on to new adventures, thank you for allowing me and the rest of the magazine’s exceptional staff to share in yours. Please keep your stories and suggestions coming to, and here’s hoping this school year is your best yet.

Editor Mark Toner

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