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  • Getting Off to a Good Start: Positive Interactions with Diverse Families

    The adage, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression,” applies to school professionals who want to establish good relationships with the families they serve. For a parent from a diverse community, the typical challenges are often compounded by differences in language, culture, and traditions. The first contacts provide the opportunity for the family to view the school experience as positive and responsive. The following tips are designed to help you create and maintain effective partnerships with families, leading to increased parent involvement, and ultimately better outcomes for children.

  • Potential Community Partners and Locations for Parent Outreach Activities in Diverse Communities

    This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to provide examples of community organizations that may collaborate with you in your effort to reach parents of young children from diverse communities who have concerns about their child’s development. While this list targets specific Twin Cities metro-area organizations, many of the organizations may also provide information and referral to local resources in Greater Minnesota. The category headings in the list serve as a checklist of the types of organizations and locations you may want to consider in your local community outreach.

  • Strategies for Success in Local Early Childhood Parent Outreach Activities Among Diverse Cultures

    List of ten strategies and tips for effective community-based  collaboration efforts for outreach to families from diverse cultures who may have a young child with a disability.

Achieve The Plan Game - for School Staff

This fun and easy-to-play game will guide your staff along the path to “Achievement City.” Players will learn of shortcuts to their parent involvement goals and discover some traps to avoid along the way. This great conversation starter will provide ideas to improve your school’s parent involvement.



Download the Gameboard, Rules and Action Cards Here

National Researched-based Practice Guides & Tools for Engaging Families from Diverse Cultures

This compilation of family engagement resources is a representative list of research-based practice guides and tools, particularly those which address the interests and needs of educators. The list is not exhaustive, and inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of the particular resource. The publications are arranged in order of the date of publication.

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Multicultural Families

New Guidance for Partnering with Diverse Families: The National Framework for Dual Capacity-Building [Webinar]

Schools Moving Up v2 (2014)

Mapp, Karen

An interactive webinar with Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describing what educators need to do to reach all families and embed family engagement in all school and district systems.

Overcoming the Language Barrier: Effective Strategies parent groups use to reach out to non-English speakers

PTO Today (2014)

Beck, Evelyn

This online article explains ways in which language barriers can effect parental participation in school activities and how to overcome these obstacles.

FACE Handbook on Family and Community Engagement

Academic Development Institute / Center on Innovation & Improvement (2011)

Redding, S., Murphy, M., & Sheley, P., Eds.

(refer to menu on left side of page)

Topic 12: Bridging Language and Culture, by Patricia Gándara, pgs. 117-120

Topic 13: Minority Families and Schooling, by Susan J. Paik, pgs. 121-124

Topic 15: Families of Children with Disabilities: Building School-family Partnership, by Eva Patrikakou, pgs. 131-134

(Includes practice guidelines)

Culturally Diverse Families: Enhancing Home-School Relationship

National Association of School Psychologists, Communiqué Handout, 38 (6) (2010)

Jones, Janine M.

Includes characteristics of culturally responsive and collaborative home-school environments, key strategies to enhance collaboration, and summary.

Minority Parent and Community Engagement: Best Practices and Policy Recommendations for Closing the Gaps in Student Achievement

(2010)

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Los Angeles, CA, and National Education Association, Washington D.C. (Report based on the Ethnic Minority Parent Engagement Summit in Los Angeles, CA)

This report provides best practices for engaging ethnic minority parents, including African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Asian Americans and other racial, ethnic, and minority communities. It identifies dynamics that hinder parental engagement, successful strategies that strengthen parental engagement, and provides recommendations for improving state and national parental engagement policies.

Parent Involvement: Nine Truths You Must Know Now

The Parent Institute, Fairfax, VA (2010)

Jones, Janine M.

This report summarizes what the Parent Institute has learned about effective parent involvement in the past 20 years. It includes “9 Truths” about parent involvement.

Growing Your Capacity to Engage Diverse Communities by Working with Community Liaisons and Cultural Brokers

National Center for Family and Professional Partnerships, Family Voices, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (2009)

Jones, W. and Thomas, T.

Handbook on one approach to family engagement: using community liaisons and cultural brokers to reach families of diverse backgrounds.

For Diverse Families, Parent Involvement Takes on a New Meaning. National Staff Development Council

30(4), 65-66 (2009)

Nelson, S.W. & Guerra, P.L.

This article offers a definition of parent involvement, parent engagement, and parent empowerment, and explains that some forms of involvement, especially in the case of linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse families, may go unrecognized by schools. The article discusses five categories of ways in which parents and families may be involved in their children’s education that go beyond the traditional forms.

Communicating Effectively with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

NASP Communiqué, Vol. 36(8) (2008)

Guerrero, C. and Leung, B.

This column is intended to raise awareness of the issue and to enhance competencies of school psychologists in their work with students and families from CLD backgrounds.

Creating Culturally Responsive Parent Engagement

Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX (2008)

Rodriguez, R., Lopez del Bosque, R., & Villarreal, A.

This article addresses the question: What can I do to ensure that culturally responsive engagement takes place? It shares effective and proven strategies used in schools that serve a diverse student body, particularly at the secondary level.

Working with Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Families

RTI Action Network, a project of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (2007-2008)

RTI Action Network

Provides information to schools about cultural competence, why it’s important, and how to ensure effective collaboration with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Reaching out to Diverse Populations: What Can Schools Do to Foster Family-School Connections?

(2005)

National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools

A strategy brief with recommendations for increasing school and family connections for families from diverse backgrounds. Contains practical steps for putting these recommendations into practice at the school level, related research, and other resource books on this topic.

Taking the Next Step: Preparing Teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children

NAEYC, Washington, D.C. (2005)

NAEYC

Recent research indicates that teachers believe they have not been adequately prepared to teach children from cultural and linguistic backgrounds different from their own and that they need to learn more specific skills to do so. Four innovative teacher training programs are highlighted. Includes recommendations for preparing teachers, including enhanced faculty dispositions and willingness to adapt and change; required student practicums in diverse settings; integration of significant diversity content in all coursework; and required ESL courses for teachers.

Culturally Responsive Parental Involvement: Concrete Understanding and Basic Strategies

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (2002)

King, Sabrina Hope & Goodwin, A. Lin

This booklet explores culturally biased beliefs many educators frequently have toward their students and their students’ families, including misconceptions. It also explores ways educators and parents can work together to benefit students. This paper is meant to help professionals develop an understanding of culturally responsive parental involvement.

Building Support for Better Schools: Seven Steps to Engaging Hard-to-Reach Communities

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2000)

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

This guide introduces seven steps for engagement, including: know your community, identify issues, designate facilitators, train facilitators, recruit participants, locate meeting sites, handle logistics and follow up with participants. Includes suggested activities. Available in Spanish.

Building Support for Better Schools: Seven Steps to Engaging Hard-to-Reach Communities

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2000)

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

This guide is for teachers, principals, and superintendents who want to develop meaningful parent and community involvement from culturally and linguistically diverse community members. It provides tips on how to communicate effectively with parents and how to make parents comfortable in your school.

Family Engagement

Teaching Tolerance.com, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Southern Poverty Law Center. (n.d.)

Brief article with tips for how teachers and administrators can welcome and communicate with culturally diverse parents and examples of how teachers were able to successfully reach out and overcome the barriers to engagement. Video interviews included.

Family Engagement Self Assessment

Family Support Council, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Family Support Council, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. (n.d.)

Self-assessment tool created to help organizations evaluation whether their services or agency is family friendly at all operational levels.

Immigrants, New Americans and Families of English Language Learners

Connecting with Immigrant Parents: One group’s innovative event to help immigrant parents adapt to US school culture provides lessons for reaching out to families

PTO Today (2014)

Catalano, Patty

This is an online article about a local PTA leader’s attempt to connect parents from immigrant communities with their local school by breaking down the barriers that prevented them from engaging. The article includes a list of tips for parent leaders.

Immigration Overview

Minnesota Compass (2014)

Brief overview and statistics by group (Hmong, Mexican, Somali and Vietnamese)

A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders

Colorín Colorado! (2011)

Family Support Council, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. (n.d.)

This guide provides 20 big ideas to help schools create a new ELL family engagement plan.

The New Age of Immigrants: Making Immigration Work for Minnesota

The Minneapolis Foundation (2010)

Otteson, Christa

This report summarizes a study commissioned by the Foundation to lay out immigration facts and pose unanswered questions. It forms the groundwork for informed, constructive discussion on immigration-related programs and public policies in Minnesota.

Increasing ELL Parental Involvement in Our Schools: Learning from the Parents

Theory Into Practice, 49, 106-112 (2010)

Panferov, Suzanne

Engaging parents as advocates for school success in the home is particularly important for English Language Learners (ELL). Tapping into the experiences of ELL parents in their own lives about schooling and literacy is a resource educators can use to increase parental involvement. This article describes the stories of two parents and compares their experiences with schools, their personal views of literacy, and how the home environment might support school literacy and academic success.

Building Collaboration between Schools and Parents of English Language Learners: Transcending Barriers, Creating Opportunities

Practitioner Brief of the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (2008)

Waterman, R. and Harry B.

This policy brief discusses barriers to engagement with the school for parents of ELL students, and concrete suggestions for overcoming them.

Involving Refugee Parents in their Children’s Education

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services Spring 2007 Spotlight (2007)

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services

This article discusses some of the barriers that immigrant and refugee families face when engaging with their child’s school, including cultural differences, language barriers, educational levels, and logistical considerations. It includes specific recommendations to address these barriers.

Immigrants in Minnesota: An increasingly diverse population

Minnesota State Demographic Center (2000)

Ronningen, Barbara J.

(Search under publications by date and topic “immigration”)

Contains immigration dates, history of immigration to U.S. and Minnesota, non-English speaking students, and population maps by group.

Multicultural Families of Children with Disabilities

Involving immigrant parents of students with disabilities in the educational process

Teaching Exceptional Children, 34(5), 52-58 (2002)

Al-Hassan, S., and Gardner III, R.

This article contains practical suggestions for schools (teachers and administrators) to help overcome the main barriers for immigrant groups to participate, including language barrier, lack of information, teachers learning about culture, effect of parent’s negative educational experiences, unfamiliarity with U.S. educational system, and differing views on parent involvement.

Serving the Underserved: A review of the research and practice in child find, assessment, and the IFSP/IEP process for culturally and linguistically diverse young children

ERIC and Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA. (2001)

ERIC and Council for Exceptional Children

Looks at initial identification, referral, evaluation, assessment and development of the IFSP and IEP for young children.

Hispanic/Latino Families

Parental Involvement in children’s education: considerations for school counselors working with Latino immigrant families

Professional School Counseling, 16, 185-193 (2013)

Gonzalez, L. M., Borders, L. D., Hines, E. M., Villaba, J. A., & Henderson, A.

The Hoover-Dempsey et al. (2005) model of parents’ involvement in their children’s schools has recently been applied to Latino immigrant families. This article reviews that literature and then describes culturally appropriate strategies for school counselors to work with this population, focusing on teacher and counselor invitations to the family; parent and partnership-focused role construction; and flexible formats for involvement that respect families with limited time. The article includes a sample Latino family night program.

Why Latino parent engagement in education is crucial

NBC Latino. (2012)

Ramos, Elaine

This is an online article that describes the barriers to Latino parent engagement. It contains a short description of two programs that are taking steps to increase the involvement of Latino parents by identifying these barriers and finding ways to overcome them.

Communicating with Latino Parents and Families

NASP Communiqué, Vol. 37(4) (2008)

Pena, Anna M., Silva, Arlene, Claro, Carolina, Gamarra, Alberto, & Parra, Elena.

Contains the following sections: General characteristics and demographics of the U.S. Latino population; identity development and acculturation; general family beliefs regarding mental health and disabilities; communication styles; strategies to increase Latino parent participation in the schools; and suggestions for cross-cultural collaboration or advocacy.

African American Families

Reconsidering Parental Involvement: Implications for Black Parents

Online Publications of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University (2014)

Roberts, Steven O

The purpose of this review is to shed insight into a more culturally sensitive conceptualization of parental involvement by furthering our understanding of how black parents may seek to promote their children’s academic achievement, especially in light of the suggestion made by current literature that black parents are less involved in their children’s academic lives than they actually are.

Engagement without Judgment: Building Effective School, Family and Community Partnerships for African American Learners: A Primer for Teachers and Administrators

ISAAC (Institute for the Study of the African American Child), Wayne State University, Vol. 1(2) (2010)

Williams, T., Pemberton, K. & Dyce, C.

A case is made for teachers and administrators to understand how to build effective engagements with African American families and communities without prejudging the sociocultural practices, mores, experiences, daily realities, and historical memory of this community. We provide culturally sensitive, responsive, and community appropriate strategies for teachers and administrators to more effectively engage African American families and communities for the betterment of African American learners.

“The Need for Advocacy with African American Parents.” Counseling Today

American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA. (May 1, 2012)

Griffin, Dana

This article reports on a focus group study on perceptions about parent involvement of a small group of African American women. The conclusion drawn from the group's participants was, “The mothers in this study said school counselors should take a more proactive role in helping African American children and their families in advocating for equality in the schools.”

African American families in the special education process: Increasing their level of involvement

Intervention in School & Clinic, 45(2), 85–90 (2009)

Brandon, R. R., & Brown, M. R. (2009)

The authors look at a variety of factors that may explain why many African American parents are reluctant to engage with school administrators and teachers, and they offer practical solutions for schools to encourage family participation. The strategies presented address the academic needs of these students, the concerns of their parents, and the challenges facing schools.

Effective Communication with Black Families and Students

NASP Communiqué, 37(3). (2008)

Chandler, D., A’Vant, E. R. & Graves, S. L.

Contains sections on background on black families, communication styles, help-seeking behaviors, attribution of handicapping condition, and suggestions for effective intergroup collaborations with black clients.

African-American and Chinese-American Parent Involvement: The Importance of Race, Class, and Culture

Harvard Family Research Project, Boston, MA. (2006)

Diamond, J., Wang, L., & Gomez, K.

This research report compares African American and Chinese-American parent involvement. In particular, it focuses on each group’s involvement orientations and examines how they identify and activate resources to support their participation.

Best Practice Issue #2: Engaging Families of African American Learners

Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium. (n.d.)

Includes a summary and other resources on the topic.

Somali Families

Khalid’s Story: A Mother’s fight against stigma in her own community

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN (2013)

Brunswick, Mark

This article discusses parental advocacy, cultural perceptions of disability, and mistrust of government services.

Somalis in Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society Press (2012)

Yusuf, Ahmed Ismail

This is a great primer to learn more about Somali culture. It is very easy to read and well-structured.

Teaching Somali Immigrant Children: Resources for Student Success

Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation, Alberta, Canada (2012)

Mulki, A., Franklin, K., Harvey, K., Hussein G., Lees, S.L., Munro, J., & Yelich B.

Helpful sections in this large document include: A guide for educators on understanding Somali culture and immigration; connecting your school with the Somali community; and lesson ideas to use with Somali immigrants around identity and their immigration experience.

Steps for Success, Exploring Educational Support for Somali Secondary Students in Wellington

, New Zealand (2009)

Burford, J., Morton, K., Hammonds, J., & Clark, S.

This report makes several recommendations for working with Somali families, including establishing a community-based Somali liaison person to facilitate communication between families and secondary schools, and developing mentoring programs for students.

The Common Thread

American School Board Journal, Vail, CO. (2008)

American School Board Journal

The article talks about a school district in Lewiston, Maine, and the challenges it faced in meeting the needs of a large influx of Somali refugee students, especially with regards to finances and ELL instruction. It also discusses the role of Somali parents in their children's education.

Journey into the Somali Culture

National Association of School Psychologists Communiqué Online, Washington, D.C.

Castel Abigail F., &, Kurata, Susie

Provides information on the history of Somali immigration and refugee status, the role of religion on culture, family practices and values, stressors for refugee children, and cultural entry experience and implications for school psychology.

Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Refugees and Recent Immigrants

American Council of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.

An excellent compendium of resources for Somali youth, parents, and professionals.

Positive Youth Development and Somali Youth, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services

MN Historical Society

MN Historical Society (2004)

Brief interview with Abdisalam Adam, Somali resource teacher in the St. Paul Public Schools.

Baby Steps – Mpls Public Schools Work to Bring Back Somali Students

Brown, Alleen (Feb. 20, 2012)

Brown, Alleen

Discusses the steps that Minneapolis Public Schools are taking to establish a more productive relationship between the district and its approximately 2,000 Somali-speaking students and families. The article also attempts to explain why so many families left the district and enrolled in several charter schools.

Charter Schools: Choice of Somali-American Parents?

Bildhaan, 11, Macallister College, MN. (Feb. 20, 2010)

Hussein, Farhan

Contains a research study about why Somali parents chose charter schools in Minnesota, the factors that influence their educational decision making, and what they consider to be a priority for their child’s education.

Hmong Families

Communicating with Asian Parents and Families

NASP Communiqué, 36(8) (2008)

Leung, B., Wu, T., Questin, M., Staresnick, J., & Le, P.

Contains sections on general background, communication styles, help-seeking behaviors, attribution of handicapping conditions, and suggestions for effective cross-cultural collaboration and advocacy.

Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander Family Program, Parent Outreach and Engagement Department

San Diego Unified School District (2014)

San Diego Unified School District

This program provides outreach and support to families of Southeast Asian, Somali, Karen, Pacific Islander, and Burmese descent. Services include a parent advocate to support parents, and family nights and parent workshops with the goal of increasing parent involvement and engagement in their children’s education.

Practice Guides for Increased Cultural Competence by Professionals (all fields)

Multicultural Outreach Planning Guide

National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, Washington, D.C. (2007)

Goode, T.D., Jones, W., Dunne, C., & Bronheim, S.

The NCCC as well as state and territorial programs share their experiences and insights in implementing culturally and linguistically competent policies, structures, and practices.

Planning for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Systems of Care…for children and youth with social-emotional and behavioral disorders and their families

National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University. (2004)

National Center for Cultural Competence

Designed for health care organizations, but could be relevant for school setting.

Planning for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Systems of Care…for children and youth with social-emotional and behavioral disorders and their families

National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University (2004)

National Center for Cultural Competence

Checklist designed to assist organizations and systems of care to develop policies, structures, and practices that support cultural and linguistic competence.

Checklist to Facilitate Cultural Competence in Community Engagement

National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University (2004)

National Center for Cultural Competence

Designed for health care organizations, but could be relevant for school setting.

Family Engagement (General)

Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork

National Network of Partnership Schools, Johns Hopkins University. (n.d.)

A useful teacher-parent partnership process that aims to forge a three-way relationship between teachers, parents and their children through a creative approach to homework. This tool was developed by the John’s Hopkins Center National Network of Partnership Schools.

Ways to Build Involvement: Getting more parents to participate is as easy as A,B,C when you follow this list of best practices

PTO Today (2014)

Bystrynski, Craig

This is an A-Z list of best practices for building parent engagement.

Is Your School Family Friendly?

PTO Today (2013)

Underhill, John

An article from PTO Today.com that describes the steps that parents and administrators can take to assess how welcoming their school is to parents and other visitors. It includes a checklist for “How to Evaluate Your School” and “Ideas for Creating a Welcoming School.”

Strong family-school collaboration can help all students succeed

AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) Magazine (September, 2013)

Hutchins, Darcy

This article reviews the lessons learned from a study of policy and practice in middle schools. The findings should help other educators improve school, family, and community partnership programs that contribute to student achievement and success in school.

Getting Parents Involved in Schools: Meeting the Challenge

Education.com (May 1, 2013)

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement

This article offers research-based advice and resources designed to help schools and districts foster successful parent involvement.

The Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler Model of Parental Involvement

(2005)

Ed Alliance

A two-page summary of the school and teacher version of The Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler Model of Parental Involvement.

Family Involvement

Harvard Family Research Project. (n.d.)

Resources and publications include:

Middle School Years: No time to disengage

Parent Press, Parents for Public Schools, Inc., (Jackson, MS). pp. 4-5 (2012)

Ed Alliance

This is a short article that provides information about ways parents can stay involved in their child’s education during the middle school years.

Parent’s Guide to Student Success (Grades: Kindergarten – High School)

(2013)

National PTA

A guide for parents to learn the key things their child will learn in English/literacy and math in kindergarten through high school, ideas for activities to help your child learn at home, and topics of discussion for talking to your child’s teacher about his or her academic progress.

Local, State and National Family Engagement Initiatives

Connecticut

Connecticut School-Family-Community Partnerships: Ten Steps to Success for Developing Title I Family School Compacts

Connecticut State Department of Education. (n.d.)

Title 1 parent involvement resources, including planning tools for districts and educators.

Kansas

Parent Teacher Education Connection, 2nd Edition

Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Educations, Kansas PIRC, & Cambridge Strategic Services (n.d.)

The goal of PTE Connect is to produce and disseminate nationally six online modules based on the National PTA Standards and designed to support pre-service and in-service teacher development of cross-cultural competence in engaging parent involvement in the learning of K-12 students.

Louisana

PACT (Parent And Child Time)

Louisiana Indicators of Family Engagement – Survey for Families

Louisiana Indicators of Family Engagement – Survey for Schools

Louisiana Indicators of Family Engagement – Survey for Students

A strategy used by schools to provide parents the opportunity to learn and practice teaching techniques for use during home learning. Each session is divided into three parts: a brief workshop, a practice period with their child, and a debriefing period.

Massachusetts

Parker School officials battle history to make parents partners in kids’ education

South Coast Today (May 18, 2014)

DeCosta, Steve & Kozma, Carol

A report on the outreach efforts undertaken by an underperforming school district in an effort to increase parent engagement. Discusses some of the barriers to parent engagement and reasons that parents may not already be involved. This initiative is one of several efforts being made by the school to increase student achievement.

Michigan

Collaborating for Success - Parent Engagement Toolkit

(April, 2014)

Michigan MDE

A comprehensive, research-based resource that includes pertinent and practical information, proven strategies, and tools to assist school professionals and parents in enhancing parent engagement efforts. Materials are available in Spanish and Arabic, and address ways to engage parents from diverse backgrounds in “Strategies for Strong Parent and Family Engagement, Parts I, II, & III.”

Minnesota

Office of Student, Family and Community Engagement

Minneapolis Public Schools (n.d.)

Resources for Schools

University of Minnesota Extension (n.d.)

How to Engage the Uninvolved Parent

University of Minnesota Extension (n.d.)

Outlines six key areas of parent best practices that contribute to children’s academic success: high expectations, structure, learning, support, relationships, and modeling.

Missouri

Parent Involvement Resource Toolkit

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (n.d.)

Toolkits available containing list of resources and links to publications and organizational websites for educators and parents. List of resources include both local, state, and national groups.

Ohio

Overview of Family and Community Support Programs

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (n.d.)

Oregon

A Virtual Tour of our Family Friendly Partnership School

Portland Public Schools (n.d.)

The page contains information and tools to help schools effectively engage families and meet the family engagement requirements of Title IA. Includes sample parent engagement plans, templates and best practice guidelines and troubleshooting assistance when creating a parent engagement plan.

Parent-teacher collaboration key to improving student behavior

Lincoln Journal Star (May 2, 2014)

Portland Public Schools (n.d.)

Nebraska

District Parental Involvement

Omaha Public Schools (n.d.)

A curriculum for a training program for families to develop the leadership skills they need to help their child succeed in school. The curriculum is not accessible on the webpage.

New Mexico

Working Together: School-Family-Community Partnerships (A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities)

New Mexico Public Education Department and developed by the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, New Mexico Highlands University (2006)

New Mexico Public Education Department

Toolkit is designed to assist educators and education partners with info, resources, and strategies to help strengthen parent and community involvement. It is a research-based guide as well as a practitioner-friendly resource for New Mexico educators and families.

(Info regarding working with diverse families is on pages 43, 64-65, 69, 95-97, 322-323, 364, & 367; ELL: pages 105-106)

North Carolina

www.ncsip.org

This is the website for the North Carolina State Improvement Project, which provides personnel development and program support services to significantly improve the performance and success of students with disabilities in North Carolina. Includes info for parent on how to support their child in math and reading instruction.

Tennessee

www.tnspdg.com

Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (n.d.)

Resources for educators, parents and other professionals on parent engagement, including videos, literacy toolkits, and downloadable publications.

Virginia

Tips and Strategies for Increasing Parent and Family Engagement in Virginia Schools (Improving Student Achievement and Outcomes through Parent and Family Involvement)

Virginia Department of Education and the Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University

Center for Family Involvement (n.d.)

Suggested tips and strategies for effective family engagement based on the results of a parent survey filled out by over 1,000 parents, teachers, and school administrators across Virginia.

Virginia’s State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Partnership for Persons with Disabilities at VCU, PEATC, developed easy-to-understand factsheets on Reading Literacy

In addition, Virginia has implemented the Content Literacy Continuum Initiative at eight project schools.

Washington

The Family & Community Partnership Office: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved

Federal Way Public Schools (n.d.)

This webpage provides the district’s core information resources (Partnership 101 booklet and video) for facilitating discussion between parents with teachers; parents and their children; family liaisons and teachers; and parents with each other.

Washington State Office of the Education Ombuds

For families:

For educators:

Suggestions for families on how to get involved in their children’s education and tips for educators on building strong family-school partnerships.

Books

Multicultural Partnerships: Involve All Families

Eye on Education, Inc. (2012)

Hutchins, D. J., Greenfeld, M. D., Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. S., & Galindo, C. L.

This books provides a step-by-step approach on how to increase parent involvement – including immigrant and refugee parents – in their children’s education at school and at home. The book contains a summary of current research on this topic, important logistical considerations, and an array of activities that support the creation of a multicultural school that welcomes all families, respects differences, and honors their common goals for student success.

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships

The New Press, New York, NY (2007)

Henderson, Anne T., Mapp, Karen, Johnson, Vivian and Davies, Don

Refer to Chapter 6: Addressing Differences: How Can You Deal with Issues of Race, Class and Culture?

Entre Nosotros/Between Us: Transitions in Elementary School Families and Schools Together

Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium

Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (n.d.)

This book covers topics such as, “Let’s Connect: We’re in it Together,“ ”Let’s Welcome: School Culture and Climate,” and “Let’s Talk and Listen: Teacher-Parent Contact,” and more.

Webinars / Videos

Partnering with Diverse Families and Community Members

(2011)

School Turnaround Learning Community

The webinar offers tools and guidance on ways to develop rich partnerships with diverse families and community members. The session explored the following questions, and featured school and district strategies to address and embrace diversity in ways that enable partnerships among home, school, and community: What must be considered when cultivating partnerships with families and community members from diverse racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds? How do we build “cultural competency” among our school and district staff? Who is responsible to lead this work?

How to Involve All Parents in Your Diverse Community [Video]

ASCD Express, Vol. 6, No. 16. Copyright 2011 by ASCD (2011)

ASCD

A six-minute video with tips and strategies for involving groups of diverse parents.

Organizational Websites with Parent Engagement Resources

For professionals:

For parents:

 

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