SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / November 2012 /

 

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SEDL in the News
The importance of parental involvement was the focus of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh's 2012 State of Black Pittsburgh summit, themed "Raising Champions." Our family and community engagement work was cited as a resource in an article about the event. Read the article.

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Sharing Data for Family and Community Engagement
Recommendations for Sharing Data with Stakeholders

Many states are sharing school and student data as a way of improving communication and strengthening ties with families and community members. Data sharing can help parents and families understand how their children are performing and where gaps exist in student achievement. Data sharing can also guide parents in taking appropriate action to support their children’s academic success.  

A recent briefing paper by the Southeast Comprehensive Center outlines the significance of family and community engagement, examines considerations and recommendations for sharing data with stakeholders, and provides related resources.

When leading data-sharing initiatives, education leaders are encouraged to

  • consider taking steps to understand the needs, wants, barriers, and motivations of stakeholders;
  • develop community or family action plans;
  • create materials that are customized for recipients; and
  • incorporate social marketing concepts into data dissemination practices.

Read the briefing paper.

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Research on Family and Community Engagement
A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement and effective strategies to connect schools, families, and community.

Schools that succeed in engaging families from diverse backgrounds

  • focus on building trusting, collaborative relationships among teachers, families, and community members;
  • recognize, respect, and address families' needs as well as their differences; and
  • embrace a philosophy of partnership where power and responsibility are shared.

The electronic version of A New Wave of Evidence is available for free to download and a print version may be ordered on the SEDL website.

Making Data Accessible
The Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement webinar series provides information on research, best practices, and innovations in family, school, and community engagement. Topics include school transformation and making student and school data accessible and meaningful to families.

An archive of the entire nine-part webinar series is available online.

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