Education experts speak of six types of parent involvement. Welcome to the Seventh Type.

My name is Mike Oboryshko, and this is an education blog based in Delaware. I have two children in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, with the youngest in third fourth grade. So I expect to be doing this for a while.

Feel free to contact me at mike01@seventhtype.com.

Like most of us, my parent involvement began around an issue that affected my child, but then began expanding to other issues. For now, I am focused on issues of technology and parent involvement.

It is the nature of parent involvement that most of my experience is limited to my home district. So if you have information to share from other districts, please feel free to comment here.

The market for opinion-oriented education blogs seems to be saturated at the moment. I hope to rely on facts, with a preference for primary documents. I’d like parents as well as educators to feel comfortable posting here and sharing their experiences and information.

  1. Joanne Christian
    October 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Seventh Type! Just wanted to remind you of a FABULOUS expose’ of the projected data mining we can count on Delaware participating in w/ our chil(ren)’s data. The relaxation of FERPA and restricted, confidential information of these students/minors will now be available to 3rd parties who can substantiate “an educational interest”. Come on out and hear of not only what will be done—but what capabilities this has, and then think about the impact for the long haul if you want your child tracked this way. Promises to be a quite a provocative event—and all fees have been covered–so it’s FREE. Hope to see you there–I couldn’t find your “contact” on this site–so I’m just putting it here–hope you can spread the word. Thanks! Joanne

  2. Joanne Christian
    October 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    OOPS–forgot the link:

    Reform Coalition

    Contact Karen Light FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Telephone (302) 364-0332 October 7, 2013
    Email delawareedreform@gmail.com
    Website ww.delerc.org

    The Department of Educations End Game:
    They’re Not Your Children Anymore
    Presentation by
    Renowned Education “Whistleblower”
    Beverly Eakman

    Dover, DE, October 15, 2013 – The Delaware Education Reform Coalition is sponsoring an eye-opening presentation by Beverly Eakman disclosing specific details on data-mining and the exact nature of national assessment and federalized curriculum under the Obama administration’s Common Core of Standards. The presentation will be held at the Elks Lodge in Dover, DE on October 15th. Doors open at 6:00 and the presentation begins at 6:30.

    As part of the Race To the Top Application, Delaware has proposed to, “Improve access to, and use of, the State’s robust longitudinal data system by creating a data portal with dashboards targeted to different stakeholder groups.” How does this impact the privacy of our students and families? With new changes in the Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA), parental consent is not needed to gather, nor release, information on the student. Detailed information about students – including individual student identifiers – can now be released to third parties. Massive databases are being created to store this detailed; once protected and confidential; information gathered on students.

    Beverly Eakman will share detailed documentation on what information is to be collected and why.

    Parents have the right to know what type of information is being collected and to whom it is being distributed to. Parents have the right and responsibility to direct the upbringing and education of their children; and the choice to participate, or opt out, of gathering and releasing of information on their children.

    The Delaware Education Reform Coalition is made up of parents, grandparents, business owners and taxpayers, students and teachers, who are aligning to demand that education reform be centered on parental rights, local control and lead to better results for our children. Their focus on “education equality” has drawn attention across political, religious, ethnic and geographic lines and has brought together individuals from across the state.

    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen Light at 302-364- 0332 or email delawareedreform@gmail.com.

  3. February 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Hi, Mike.

    As an early-childhood reporter for Education Week newspaper, I’m writing about Delaware’s attempt to link data from babies, toddlers and preschoolers to the K-12 Education Insight system. I’d love your take on parent engagement on the project. Would you be willing to chat with me? I’m finishing up interviews Thursday and Friday. If so, please e-mail me for an interview time: jblair@epe.org.


    Julie Blair

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