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The following information is provided as a resource and are not necessarily endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Education.

WEBSITES

Family Engagement

SYSTEMIC Family Engagement
May 2011
Making the Case for Family–School–Community Partnerships: Linking Partnerships with Student Achievement.      Steve Sheldon
 http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/making-the-case-for-family-school-community-partnerships-linking-partnerships-with-student-achievement
The author has a vision to develop a strong evidence base to support a transformation in the way that educators view their work, and to ensure that school–family–community partnerships play a vital role in education reform.    

May 2011
Re-thinking Family Engagement: Moving Beyond the Program Model Toward Systemic Engagement that Promotes Student Learning.    Anna Hinton
http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/re-thinking-family-engagement-moving-beyond-the-program-model-toward-systemic-engagement-that-promotes-student-learning
Family engagement is a subsystem of our broader education reform efforts and neither one can properly function on its own.

Webinare Series:  Archive
Family, School, and Community Engagement
http://uww.adobeconnect.com/p41128549/?launcher=false&fcsContent=
true&pbMode=normal

WHATS TRUST GOT TO DO WITH IT
Talking about effective community/parent engagement by schools for underperforming schools- page 23 on—recommendations for dialogue
http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/WHATS_TRUST_GOT_TO_DO_
WITH_IT.pdf

WORKING WITH FAMILIES OF CHILDREN IN THE
JUVENILE JUSTICE AND CORRECTIONS SYSTEMS:
A GUIDE FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM LEADERS,
PRINCIPALS, AND BUILDING ADMINISTRATORS
- This guide has been developed to help institutions caring for youth who are neglected or delinquent build collaborations and support family participation to maximize educational experiences for youth in care, as well as during their transition back into the community.
http://www.neglected-delinquent.org/resource/working-families-children-juvenile-justice-and-corrections-systems-guide-education-program

National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement
This is the website of the National PTA organization. Site includes a section of resources for parents, and a list of conferences available.
http://www.pta.org/national_standards.asp

Academic Development Institute, Families and Schools

This newsletter provides articles related to engaging families with schools in meaningful ways.  The Families and Schools Newsletter is now availalbe online at www.adi.org

Minnesota Parent Center

The Minnesota Parent Center provides many resources, including current research articles on Family Engagement with Schools, at elementary or secondary level.  Their articles are printed in English or Spanish.

www.pacer.org/mpc/research.asp

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
The mission of NCPIE is to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people. Site includes a database of organizations and resources as will as Action Briefs and research reviews.
www.ncpie.org/

Helping Your Child with Homework
US Department of Education website containing resources for families. Site provides information about parent involvement topics including homework. Resources are also available in Spanish.
www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/homework

Community Engagement

Skills for Smart Systems

Voices in Urban Education from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform explores how school systems, other agencies, and the community can build their capacity to nurture partnerships that support student learning.

www.annenberginstitute.org/VUE/index.php

Action teams for School, Family & Community Partnerships
National Network of Partnership Schools resource which provides information about using family and community partnership teams for school improvement.
www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/action.htm

Parent/Community Types of Involvement: Keys to Successful Partnerships
This site of the National Network of Partnership Schools explains a process to involve your community and parents in the school setting.
http://www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/
nnps_model/school/sixtypes.htm

Community Help
Heartland Center for Community Development provides leadership resources for communities that are creating or maintaining partnerships.
http://heartlandcenter.info/

EARLY CHILDHOOD TRANSITIONS:
 April 14, 2011
Resource Guide for Early Childhood Transitions: Annotated Bibliography
Harvard Family Research Project, Briana Chan
http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/resource-guide-for-early-childhood-transitions-annotated-bibliography
This bibliographic resource provides a selected listing of journal articles, research briefs, and reports that focus on early childhood transitions and school readiness. They cover a variety of topics central to the issue of early childhood transitions, including family engagement and home–school and program–school partnerships.

Webinar date: April 14, 2011, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EDT)
Ensuring School Readiness Through Successful Transitions
http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/projects/achieving-excellence-and-innovation-in-family-school-and-community-engagement-webinar-series/webinar-6-ensuring-school-readiness-through-successful-transitions
Ensuring School Readiness will explore how and why smooth transitions among early learning environments are critical for school readiness and are the first step toward preparing students for success in college and career. Presenters will focus on what it takes to foster continuity as children move from early learning programs to preschool to kindergarten, and will discuss the specific roles of early learning programs, schools, and families in preparing young children to enter school ready for success.

SECONDARY TRANSITIONS:
 June 2011
Resource Guide for High School Transitions: Annotated Bibliography
Harvard Family Research Project
http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/resource-guide-for-high-school-transitions-annotated-bibliography
This bibliographic resource provides a selected listing of journal articles, research briefs, and other resources that focus on the transitions into and out of high school as well as general high school and college readiness.

Webinar date: June 23, 2011, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EDT) Successful Transitions to High School.
Webinar 7—Successful Transitions to High School: Promoting High School Success and Facilitating College Readiness
http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/projects/achieving-excellence-and-innovation-in-family-school-and-community-engagement-webinar-series/webinar-7-successful-transitions-to-high-school-promoting-high-school-success-and-facilitating-college-readiness

TOOLS

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

By Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Vivian R. Johnson, Don Davies.

Checklist-Family Friendly PDF
Checklist-Parent Involvement Program PDF
Family School Compact PDF
Honoring Families PDF
Partnership School PDF
Sample Tools PDF
School Newsletter PDF
Window Mirror PDF
Power Point Guide to using Beyond the Bake Sale in Schools

Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit
Family Engagement for High School Success: Creating a Plan of Action
Webinar 1: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
View archive here: http://uww.adobeconnect.com/p7mejlnq75d/

Family Engagement for High School Success: Implementation Success and Challenges
Webinar 2: Thursday, December 8, 2011
View archive here: http://uww.adobeconnect.com/p81n9jbv48p/

Partnering 4 Students- The Nebraska “Tool Kit of resource materials has been developed to assist the primary systems involved in the education of children and youth in out-of-home care.
http://www.partnering4students.org

Family Engagement

Webinar:
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

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

Section One:
Background Information about Liberty Elementary (3 minutes)
http://nde.adobeconnect.com/p6nb110u9hj/

Section Two:
Overview of the Liberty Study Skills Program and the Green Assignment Notebook used for Communication (3 minutes)
http://nde.adobeconnect.com/p5ko34b57ph/

Section Three:
Overview of the Liberty Completely Kids Before and After School Program (3 minutes)
http://nde.adobeconnect.com/p1nxzu5dwvg/

Section Four:
Partnerships and Collaboration across the School Day, the Before and After School Program, and Liberty Families (28 minutes)
http://nde.adobeconnect.com/p85jg9aiv39/

Video:
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.
http://www.nelovesps.org/watchnow?TN=PROJECT-20120210084445

Effective Home-School Communication,  from Creating Welcoming Schools: A practical guide to home-school partnerships with diverse families, JoBeth Allen, 2007.  New York: Teachers College Press and International Reading Association.
http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/publications-resources/effective-home-school-communication

School, Family and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, third edition, Joyce Epstein and Associates, Johns Hopkins. Corwin Press, 2009.  www.partnershipschools.org

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Website includes data on numerous children’s issues including the national and state KidsCount information.
www.aecf.org/

 

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) creates and provides research based products and services to improve student learning.
www.sedl.org

SEDL Letter August 2008--After School, Family and Community

This compilation of research focuses on the positive impact on student achievement created by Family, Community and After School Involvement.  Studies include Parent involvement, Parental information and Resource Centers (PIRC), Staff Development for After School, Homework Supports Student Learning, and two examples of family and community organizations working with schools.

www.sedl.org/pubs/sedl-letter/v20n02/SEDLLetter_v20n02.pdf

Reaching Out to Diverse Populations
SEDL resource that provides information regarding inclusion of diverse populations in partnership activities.
http://www.sedl.org/pubs/family29/1.html

Parent Engagement Electronic Tool Kit
Part of Michigan’s state website, this site provides a tool kit for school districts to use to increase parent engagement.
www.michigan.gov/documents/
MDE_Parent_Involvement_Part_1_12-16-04_111424_7.doc

Funding Opportunities
Part of the Network of Partnership Schools, this site provides links to public and private funders of school-based projects.
www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/fundingopp.htm

Getting Parents “Ready” for Kindergarten: The Role of Early Childhood Education
Part of the Harvard Family Research Project, this site provides research and information regarding the importance of early childhood education in assisting families with young children transition to kindergarten.
www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/projects/fine/
resources/research/kreider.html

Concepts and Models of Family Involvement
Part of the Harvard Family Research Project, this site provides research and information regarding different models of family involvement.
www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/projects/fine/
resources/case_study/intro.html

Community Engagement

National Network of Partnership Schools
Established by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, The National Network of Partnership Schools brings together schools, districts, and states that are committed to developing and maintaining comprehensive programs of school-family-community partnerships.
www.partnershipschools.org

RESEARCH ARTICLES

Building Powerful Partnerships With Parents and Communities: Integrating 21st Century Community Learning Centers With Education Change and Reform
Arnold F. Fege & Anne Foster

Family Involvement as a Critical Element of Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities
Delia Pompa

Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting and Enhancing Family engagement
Priscilla Little

Effective Strategies for Engaging Parents: Real-Life Experiences That Make a Difference
Loras Osterhaus

Engaging Families in Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs for Middle School Youth
Anne T. Henderson & Carol Sills Strickland

Family Involvement in Expanded Learning Programs for High School Students
Paula E. Egelson

 

Nebraska Department of Education, 2010