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

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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.Enroll your school or district in the study

SEDL in the News
A New Wave of Evidence, our research synthesis on family and community engagement, continues to shape the conversation on how to involve all stakeholders in a student’s education. Several articles in the most recent issue of Educational Leadership cite its findings on the benefits of parent involvement. Read issue.

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Supporting Student Learning With Family Engagement

Eight Ways Educators Can Engage Families and Communities
When families and communities are involved in a student’s education, the benefits for students include higher grades, better attendance, and improved behavior at home and at school, to name a few. Here are a few examples of how your school can engage families and communities.

Buy Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community

Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community shows educators how to engage family and community members to support every aspect of school improvement.

1. Foster supportive home environments.
Assist parents and families and work with community organizations to foster parenting skills and help create home conditions that will support student academic achievement.

2. Promote shared decision making.
Include family and community members as partners in school decisions.

3. Expand family-school communication.
Promote effective two-way communication among educators, families, community members, and community organizations.

4. Coordinate resources and services.
Unite efforts and programs to provide services for families.

5. Foster volunteer support.
Organize and support family and community members in their efforts to support schools and students.

6. Support youth development.
Provide services for students, such as health and physical development, creative expression, and leadership development.

7. Support learning outside of school.
Involve families and community groups or organizations to support learning in a variety of settings outside the classroom.

8. Expand community development.
Involve the school in planning and decision making as one of the community’s major institutions and create opportunities for community support groups to use the school’s resources to help meet the needs of the students and their families.

arrowWant more information on implementing these activities? Visit our free online resource Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community.

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Research Synthesis
A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement examines key issues in the field of family and community connections with schools. This resource is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement. It includes effective strategies to connect schools, families, and community.

View A New Wave of Evidence.

Webinar Series
Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement is a webinar series that offers an opportunity for advocates to learn about family, school, and community engagement research, best practices from the field, and new innovations that are making a difference in school improvement and student learning. The archived webinars are available online.

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