SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / August 2009 /


Featured Professional Development
Program Evaluation 101
Data won’t help you improve education unless you know how to use it. In Program Evaluation 101, participants learn how to guide and design a program evaluation plan and identify tools for designing and carrying out an evaluation. This 3-day session is a must for education leaders and education professionals who gather evaluation data or want to use evaluation results to improve instruction.

Where: SEDL headquarters,
Austin, TX
When: October 19–21

Afterschool and Expanded Learning Leadership
Development Series

This professional development series offers afterschool and expanded learning leaders a year-long experience to understand and use the tools of successful, high-quality programs. It is an ongoing professional development opportunity with in-person and online events scheduled over the course of 1 year. Sessions include two in-person training sessions, one webinar, ongoing personalized technical assistance from experts, and support from a network of expanded learning program leaders.

This session is offered by SEDL, with expert faculty support from Learning Point Associates, both recognized leaders in afterschool.

Learn about other professional development sessions offered at SEDL's Center for Professional Learning.

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Parental Involvement in Education
Father and son

National PIRC Project Directors' Conference

Man working at a grocery shopParental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) leaders gathered in Washington, DC, for the National PIRC Project Directors’ Conference on July 22–24. The conference was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and coordinated by the National PIRC Coordination Center, which is a partnership of SEDL, the Harvard Family Research Project, and the Miko Group, Inc. The PIRCs work to promote parent involvement policies and activities that can lead to improvements in student academic achievement. The Coordination Center supports their work by providing technical assistance and national conferences. The July event was the third national PIRC Conference that the Coordination Center has coordinated.

The conference was organized around four content strands: early childhood parent education; statewide leadership and partnerships; communicating with parents about state and local report cards, public school choice, and supplemental education services; and parental involvement strategies described in Section 1118 of the Title I provisions. The PIRC directors, PIRC staff, and parent representatives who attended also received information about recent and upcoming developments in parental and community involvement practices, policies, and programs.

“Research shows that a child’s chances for academic success improve when the parents are involved in his or her education,” says project director Lacy Wood, who directs the Coordination Center work at SEDL. “Events like the national conference help PIRC directors take a more strategic, comprehensive approach to promoting parent involvement, and they also have the opportunity to network and learn from one another.”

To learn more about the National PIRC Coordination Center, visit the program Web site at

Tips and Tools
Free Resources
Mother reading to child   Family reading together  
Title I and Parental Involvement
Title I is a set of programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education to address the needs of schools and school districts with a high percentage of students from low-income families. Title I, Part A includes parental involvement provisions that stress
  • shared accountability between schools and parents for high student achievement,
  • local development of parental involvement plans, and
  • teaching parents how to improve their own child's academic achievement.

A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement is designed to help schools receiving Title I funds meet those parental involvement provisions. The toolkit was developed by the SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools and includes resources for working with parents of ELL students and increasing their involvement in their student’s education.

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  Strategy Briefs
The SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools offers strategy briefs with short summaries of research on family and community connections with schools. The briefs also include research resources and suggestions for action steps for practitioners interested in implementing ideas. The briefs are available in English and Spanish.

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SEDL Letter
The August 2008 issue of SEDL Letter is devoted to topics centered around afterschool and family and community involvement.

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