SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / February 2011 /

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Professional Development
Professional development services to help educators and others get the most from Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community are available. For information, please contact Catherine Jordan at

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Study Volunteers
Schools and districts across the United States have an opportunity to participate in a study of widely used elementary reading and math programs. Researchers at SEDL and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are undertaking a study that will determine the impact of Imagine It!, an Open Court Reading program, and Everyday Mathematics on teacher practices and student academic achievement. Learn more.

SEDL in the News
“Holding on to Parent Voices,” in the January issue of District Administration, discusses how the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act might affect funding for Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs). SEDL is one of the primary managers of the National PIRC Coordination Center, which provides support to the nation’s 62 PIRCs. Our National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools also gets a shout out in the article. Read the article.

Georgetown County School District in South Carolina has partnered with SEDL to strengthen school-based professional learning teams. Ed Tobia, Ramona Chauvin, and Dale Lewis, along with Georgetown County’s Patti Hammel, describe the partnership in an article in the February issue of JSD, the journal of staff development published by Learning Forward. Read the article.

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Family and Community Involvement

Free Resource for Family and Community Engagement

Buy Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community

Educators know that involving parents and the community in student learning is vital to successful school improvement. SEDL has developed a new resource, Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community, to help reframe the way educators work with parents, families, and community members. Through real-life examples and practical guidance, this resource shows educators how to engage family and community members to support every aspect of school improvement.

Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community incorporates SEDL’s systemic approach to school improvement, described in Working Systemically in Action: A Guide for Facilitators (2008). This approach focuses on key components and competencies at all levels of the local educational system to improve school performance and, ultimately, student achievement. For each phase of this approach, the new publication provides best practices, step-by-step guidance, and tools for involving family and community members. In addition, the guide includes a synopsis of the research on family and community engagement as part of a systemic improvement strategy.

This 123-page guide is designed for educators, but anyone who supports effective family and community engagement will find it useful. A free digital version is available for download on SEDL’s Web site. A print version is available for $45.

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Tips and Tools
Free Resources
A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement
In this toolkit, SEDL provides detailed explanations of the Title I, Part A parental involvement provisions as well as 33 tools to assist state departments of education, districts, and schools in meeting these requirements. Both the explanations and the tools are designed to help educators increase parental involvement and provide opportunities for parents to engage in and support their children's academic achievement. The toolkit includes information on the following topics:
  • Policy, planning, and building capacity
  • Communication, notification, reporting, and information sharing
  • Parent rights and options
  • Meaningful involvement and decision making
  • Fund allocation

A PDF of this toolkit is available free of charge on SEDL’s Web site.

View toolkit.

  Database of Online Resources for School Improvement
This online database lists resources for school improvement by topic. Topics include curriculum and instruction, family and community engagement, high school reform, leadership, school improvement and accountability, teacher quality, and NCLB. In addition to viewing topics, educators can browse by title or search by keyword.

Read more.



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