Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
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Improving Family and Community Engagement Through Sharing Data: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, November 2012 (2012)|
As data collection, analysis, and decision making expand on state and local levels, so does the expectation of effectively communicating data to the families of school children and their communities. Surveys indicate that people value receiving information on their schools (Owens & Peltier, 2002). They want to know how their schools are doing and are interested in receiving more detailed information (Owens & Peltier).
Stepping Stones: A Texas Migrant Early Childhood Program for 3- and 4-Year-Olds (2012)|
This home-based migrant preschool program provides 100 lessons aligned to the Revised Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines. The lessons, available in both English and Spanish, are organized around early learning themes or units. A manual to guide home educators and migrant program coordinators is included.
Teenage Parents and Their Educational Attainment: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 5 (2011)|
Becoming a parent, at any age, can be a life-altering experience. Regardless of race, education, and socio-economic status, motherhood—and fatherhood—uniformly places demands on one’s life that were non-existent prior to the birth of a child. When school-aged students become parents, the new responsibilities can be overwhelming. For teenage parents who lack support from their own parents, this experience can be even more daunting as they seek support in adult-oriented systems, which even older parents may find challenging.
National Policy Forum for Family, School, and Community Engagement (2010)|
The U.S. Department of Education convened this forum on November 9, 2010 to provide an opportunity for stakeholders representing families, communities, federal agencies, government, philanthropy, practitioners at all levels of the educational system, and support organizations to develop a policy strategy that fosters systemic, integrated, and sustained family and community engagement that connects to student learning. Effective family and community engagement emphasizes shared responsibility and opportunities to support children’s learning from cradle to career in the home, school, and community. This forum will help inform new directions for policies and identify federal, state, and local strategies that can drive these opportunities.
Parent and Community Involvement in a College/Career–Ready Culture: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Number 2 (2010)|
This brief addresses the questions: What are some examples of underachieving schools that have involved parents and community partners to increase student achievement through building a focus on college and career readiness? How do they solicit community response and what contributions have parents/community members made to support a college and career readiness environment? What does the research say about this topic?
Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community (2010)|
Many educators recognize the importance of family and community involvement in school improvement efforts and are seeking to reframe the way they engage these groups. This publication, which supplements Working Systemically in Action: A Facilitator’s Guide, provides practical guidance for educators who are seeking to engage family and community members in systemic school improvement efforts.
2009 National PIRC Project Directors' Conference (2009)|
Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) leaders gathered in Washington, DC, for the National PIRC Project Directors’ Conference on July 22–24. 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.
A Practitioner's Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs (2009)|
A Practitioner's Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs is designed to share with you the practices that can help you cover it all—great programming, terrific staff, positive relationships, and plenty of resources to lead and sustain successful afterschool programs.
A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement (2009)|
Designed for educators who are implementing Title I, Part A parental involvement provisions, this toolkit includes detailed explanations of the provisions and 33 tools to help states, districts, and schools meet the requirements.
Connection Collection (2009)|
This searchable, online database includes annotations for over 140 articles, monographs, and other literature related to school, family, and community involvement in education.
Policy Development Tools: Engaging Parents/Families in the School Community (2009)|
This resource, developed by SEDL’s Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), is a compendium of tools for promoting policies supporting parent and family involvement.
Afterschool Training Toolkit DVD: Short Videos of Promising Practices in Afterschool (2008)|
These 25 short videos are based on visits to afterschool programs across the country identified through a rigorous process based on data suggesting their afterschool academic practices are positively impacting student learning. The videos provide real-life examples of successful afterschool instruction, and they support the goals of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers by illustrating fun and engaging ways to embed academics in afterschool.
Afterschool Training Toolkit: Building Quality Enrichment Activities (2008)|
This online toolkit provides resources for developing fun, innovative, and academically enriching activities for afterschool and expanded learning programs. The toolkit includes promising practices and sample lessons in the arts, literacy, math, science, technology, and homework help.
The School-Family Connection: Looking at the Larger Picture, A Review of Current Literature (2008)|
This review of family involvement literature published from 2005 to 2008 explores a range of family involvement programs, challenges, needs, strategies, and contexts.