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Understanding ESSA: A Parents’ Guide to the Nation’s Landmark Education Law

(2018, August) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with the families they serve, to better parental understanding of ESSA and their role in advocating for how it is implemented in their state. This 19-page Parents’ Guide to ESSA comes from the U.S. Department of Education with the stated purpose of helping parents understand the […]

5 Steps to Working with Your School Board

(2019, April) | Useful to Parent Centers and others for sharing with families with school-aged children, with or without disabilities. According to this article from Great Schools, it may be time to go to a school board meeting. The article discusses how to work with your local school board — the people who can make […]

Parents 2018: Going Beyond Good Grades

(2019, February) | Useful to Parent Centers, parents, and educators in their efforts to work together to better understand the academic achievement of students. Why do 9 out of 10 parents of children in grades K-8 believe their child is on grade level, despite the fact that teachers report less than a third of their […]

Presenting School Choice Information to Parents

(2018, October) | Useful, research-based guide for Parent Centers, schools systems, and policy makers sharing information about school choice with parents. _________ Presenting School Choice Information to Parents: An Evidence-Based Guide, from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), presents findings from an online experiment conducted with 3,500 low-income parents. Each parent […]

Supporting Families of Young Children in Leadership Roles | Video Series

This video series from the ECTA Center highlights strategies, practices, and approaches for effectively preparing and supporting new, or emerging, family leaders to engage in systems-level advocacy and decision making. The videos are a series of conversations with family leaders. The 4 videos are a series of conversations with family leaders answering these 2 questions:

  • What may keep families from getting involved in leadership?
  • What can programs do to support families with taking on leadership roles?

Connect here with all 4 videos and many additional resources on family engagement.

Launching Inclusive Efforts Through Community Conversations

A community conversation is a way to bring a diverse set of community members together to collectively brainstorm strategies and resources that can be used to address a challenge facing the community. Launching Inclusive Efforts Through Community Conversations is a practical guide for families, service providers, and communities in planning, holding, and following up on a community conversation about some aspect of inclusion of children, youth, or adults with disabilities, such as increasing access to the general curriculum or meaningful work opportunities for youth. As the guide states: “We can create the future we want to see by starting with the power and connections we have.”

Find out more about the guide and where to access it.

Family Engagement and the Leadership Team

(2018, August) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with families, early childhood programs, and professionals involved in implementing the Pyramid Model. This 3-page resource from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) discusses the value of including a family member on the leadership team of early childhood programs implementing the Pyramid Model for Supporting […]

Engaging with Families

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides this excellent resource for engaging families: dpi.wi.gov/engaging-families. The web page includes a video on what effective family engagement could look like, as well as a useful handout and a video about a success story.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education, Part 1

The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and Community as Partners in Education provides resources for school staff to build relationships with families and community members and to support family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and students’ ongoing learning and development. Originally developed for the Guam Alliance for Family and Community Engagement in Education, the Toolkit […]

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