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100 Ways To Help Your Child and School Succeed
This brochure provides 100 ideas for parents to get involved with their child's education. 

A New Wave of Evidence. The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement
This report summarizes research confirming that when schools, families and community groups work together to support learning, students tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more. 

Beyond the Head Count: Evaluating Family Involvement in Out-of-School Time
This brief offers an overview of how out-of-school time programs involve families and how programs can evaluate family involvement.

Engaging With Families in Out of School Time Learning
This snapshot provides an overview of how researchers are evaluating out-of-school time program's engagement with families.

Family and Community Involvement in Math: Math Partnerships= Student Success
This sampler shares examples of family and community involvement in math for family nights, workshops, math volunteers, celebration of math skills and other creative partnerships. 

Family and Community Involvement in Reading: Making Partnerships Part of the Story
This sampler shares activities for family and community involvement in reading and writing for family nights, workshops, volunteer activities and other creative partnerships. 

Family and Community Involvement in Science: Scientifically Speaking
This sampler shares ideas for science projects, field trips and simple experiments that enable students and families to explore scientific concepts and community resources together. 

Family Involvement in Middle and High School Students' Education
This brief overviews research studies that link family involvement in middle and high school to youth's academic and social outcomes, programs that promote family involvement and student achievement during this development period, as well as implications for policy, practice and research.

Focus on Families! How to Build and Support Family Centered Practices in After School
This guide can be used to inform the design and implementation of a comprehensive or targeted family engagement component in an afterschool program. 

Parental Involvement in Homework
This paper is a review of current research and the implications for teachers, afterschool program staff and parent leaders on the topic of parental involvement in homework. 

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheet
This document provides tip sheets for principals, teachers and parents to improve attendance and effectiveness of parent-teacher conferences.

Parents and Learning
This booklet concerns how parents can help their children do well in school. 

Partnering with Parents and Families To Support Immigrant and Refugee Children at School
This brief covers how model programs address mental health needs of children from immigrant and refugee families. 


Harvard Family Research Project
Family Involvement (promoting strategies to support family involvement in children's learning and development) is one of several research areas of the Harvard Family Research Project website, which offers publications and resources.

National Council of Teachers of English
How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer
This position statement offers suggestions for helping a child become a better writer, both at home and at school.

Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools feature on Liberty Elementary-A Community Solution
Liberty Elementary in Omaha has become a true haven for students and parents alike, and parents are responding by participating in their child’s education in a variety of ways, including volunteering at the school. Because many of its students participate in school’s Completely KIDS before- and after-school programs, the school has worked hard to ensure that daily lessons are incorporated into this secondary curriculum in fun and hands-on ways.

Nebraska PIRC
The Nebraska Parental Information and Resource Centers provide information and resources to both parents and educators in order to strengthen partnerships between schools and families.

The Parents' Guide to Student Success, created by teachers, parents, education experts and others from across the country, highlights standards for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

Project-Based Learning: Resources for Parents
Students learn important content through Project Based Learning (PBL) by investigating questions, generating original ideas, and working collaboratively to produce products that demonstrate what they have learned. Visit this site to learn four ways to get involved in your child’s PBL learning experience.

SEDL offers online resources, letter articles, media releases, and webinars related to Family and Community, among other areas of expertise.

U.S. Department of Education
Empowering Parents School Box includes three booklets (What Parents Need to Know, Taking a Closer Look, Learning Checklists) and printable resources (brochure, poster, bookmark, and door hanger) to support student academic achievement.

You for Youth: Family Involvement
This website, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your afterschool program practices.


Do Math: Family Mathematics Webinar
Deb Romanek, Director of Mathematics Education, Nebraska Department of Education
Take a closer look at the Family Math book available from your 21st CCLC afterschool program library. Experience activities from the resource using everyday materials. Several models of hosting a family math event were shared. Learn how to get the entire family involved in doing math together.
Materials needed: Paper clip, pencil or pen, print copy of handouts.
Family Math
Do Math

School-Family Communication and Collaboration at Liberty Elementary in Omaha, NE
Luisa Palomo, Liberty Elementary 2012 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Josh Gillman, Liberty 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, and Cecilia Di Masi (“Coach D”), Liberty School Counselor, share information about Liberty Elementary School in Omaha and the strategies they use to enhance collaboration and communication between students, before and after school staff, school day staff, and families.

Green Study Skills Liberty Elem OPS (pdf)

For your viewing convenience, this webinar is posted in four segments:

Section One:
Background Information about Liberty Elementary (3 minutes)

Section Two:
Overview of the Liberty Study Skills Program and the Green Assignment Notebook used for Communication (3 minutes)

Section Three:
Overview of the Liberty Completely Kids Before and After School Program (3 minutes)

Section Four:
Partnerships and Collaboration across the School Day, the Before and After School Program, and Liberty Families (28 minutes)