The Impact of Technology on Parental Involvement: Perceptions of teachers and guidance counselors regarding the impact of a parent portal component of a student information system on parental involvement at the high school level is a very long title for a potentially useful report. Thanks to Steve Constantino for the tip.
I’ve published quite a few posts both praising and critiquing community schools. In fact, creating a “The Best…” list on the topic is on my “to do” list. “Community Schools: Aligning Local Resources” is a brand-new report that has come out, and is described by Public Education NewsBlast this way: A new brief from the [...]
Hmmmmmm…..After 4 Years & $5 Million, Foundation Now Thinks Working With Teachers Is An “Emerging Strategy” For Parent Engagement
The James Irvine Foundation has just published a report on the first four years of a $5 million parent involvement grantmaking program in California’s Central Valley. Though it seems like some good work has come out of it, I do find it interesting that their report now describing working teachers as an “emerging strategy” for [...]
The annual MetLife Survey of The American Teacher just came out. Here are a few findings related to parent engagement: More than seven in 10 educators identify addressing the individual needs of diverse learners (83% of principals; 78% of teachers) and engaging parents and the community in improving education for students (72% of principals; 73% [...]
Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success is a new report from The Harvard Family Research Project. Here’s how they describe it: There is strong evidence that, when schools partner with families and community-based organizations, these partnerships for learning improve children’s development and school success. They provide a seamless web of supports designed to [...]
Thanks to Sheila Stewart, I’ve learned about an excellent report on parent engagements issues from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Their Capacity Building Series: Parent Engagement is a must-read for those interested in parent engagement. I’m adding it to The Best Overviews Of Parent Engagement.
A “school reform” group called the Center For Education Reform has come up with a misnamed “Parent Power Index” to rate states on how much they support “Parent Power.” Their criteria seems to include school choice, evaluating teachers by student test scores, and support for online learning, among other things. My criteria might include parent [...]
National Education Policy Center has published an important report on the parent trigger. Here’s an excerpt from their announcement: the National Education Policy Center asked a group of researchers to describe what we currently know about the parent trigger. The result is a policy memo titled, Missing the Target? The Parent Trigger as a Strategy [...]
The Power of Family School Community Partnerships: A Training Resource Manual is a pretty big packet, including a PowerPoint, from the NEA Priority Schools Campaign. Here’s how they describe it: Drawing upon decades of research, the Manual provides simple, but provocative, strategies for uncovering what gets in the way of partnering and outlines clear paths [...]
WestEd has just published a short “brief” on family engagement. I’d say its list of suggestions is not very strong. However, I do think its analysis of dividing family engagement into three kinds is useful. They describe them as: * Random efforts are offered in piecemeal, without a systematic, intentional goal or design. These efforts [...]
“Four Ways to Increase Parental Efficacy” is from The Family Linkages Project. It’s short, to the point, and helpful. It’s suggestions include: Promote successful personal experiences for family members. Help family members learn from others and each other. Always offer encouragement, Focus on emotional well-being and stress reduction. I’m adding it to The Best Sources [...]
Research-based practices forge strong family and community partnerships is a new report from the organization Leaning Forward. It’s in their newsletter, Tools For Learning Schools. I wouldn’t say there’s anything particularly new in it to people with family engagement, but it does provide some good summaries, particularly on Joyce Epstein’s work.
Teaching Cases on Family Engagement: Early Learning (Ages 0–8) is from The Harvard Family Research Project. It seems like a strange name for a report, but it’s basically a list of links to a number of case histories the Project has done over the past several years. Here is how they describe it: Teaching cases [...]
Steve Constantino, who is a “must-follow” on Twitter for anyone interested in parent engagement, sent a tweet today about a Karen Mapp-written study titled Having Their Say: Parents Describe Why and How They are Engaged in Their Children’s Learning. Here’s an excerpt: According to the parents, when school personnel initiate and engage in practices that [...]
The Harvard Family Research Project has just published a report titled Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children’s Learning. This is how they describe it: Families play an important role as the primary bridge between the multiple learning settings where their children learn and grow. For this reason, there is an increasing [...]