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Building Strategic Partnerships to Foster Community Engagement in Education

Organization: The U.S. Department of Education; United Way Worldwide; National PTA; Southwest Educational Development Laboratory; and Harvard Family Research Project
Date: 2011
Description: Strategic community partnerships are a key component of systemic family, school, and community engagement in education. These partnerships draw on the strengths of community groups as they surround students with an array of supports to enhance learning and prepare them for the 21st century. This webinar is the fifth in a series titled “Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement." It examines practical examples of how to build successful strategic partnerships that foster community engagement, including how to select the organizations, people, and services to be included; how to structure communications to ensure ongoing collaboration; and how to build connections with families and schools. Presenters include Lindsay Torrico, United Way Worldwide; Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell, U.S. Department of Education; Jane Quinn, The Children's Aid Society; Irasema Salcido, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy; Helen Westmoreland, Flamboyan Foundation; and Michelle Mittler Crombie, United Way of Lake County, Illinois.

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A New Day: Family, School, and Community Engagement in Education Reform

Organization: The U.S. Department of Education; United Way Worldwide; National PTA; Southwest Educational Development Laboratory; and Harvard Family Research Project
Date: 2010
Description: Engaging families and communities in the education of children can be effective for boosting student achievement and school success. This archived webinar, the second in a series titled “Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement,” examines what innovative and successful family engagement programs look like on the ground, especially within Title I schools. Presenters include Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana and Anna Hinton, U.S. Department of Education; Mishaela Durán, National Parent Teacher Association; Barbara Scherr, Maryland State Department of Education; Susan Shaffer, Maryland State Parental Information and Resource Center; and Michele Brooks, Boston Public Schools.

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Data Driven: Making Student and School Data Accessible and Meaningful to Families

Organization: The U.S. Department of Education; United Way Worldwide; National PTA; Southwest Educational Development Laboratory; and Harvard Family Research Project
Date: 2010
Description: This webinar takes a look at practical examples of how districts and schools are using data to engage families in their children’s education. It also introduces tools that enable practitioners, districts, and schools to incorporate data into their own family engagement strategies. This webinar is the third in a series titled “Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement,” which addresses the issue of how local, state and national student data can be used to promote student success by tracking academic progress and by guiding the daily actions of families, schools, communities and students. In particular, measuring student progress in areas such as grades, attendance, and positive behaviors presents an opportunity to involve parents in their children’s education and to provide a platform for strong parent-teacher partnerships. Making this data accessible and presenting it in a meaningful way can increase student success by empowering families to monitor their children’s academic progress from early childhood to college and beyond. Schools and districts in cities across the country are leading the effort to make student data accessible and useful for families. Presenters include Kevin Jennings and Anna Hinton, U.S. Department of Education; Zena Rudo, SEDL; Jennifer Salzstein, New York City Department of Education, Barbara Taveras, New Visions for Public Schools; and D’Lisa Crain, Education Alliance of Washoe County.

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Family Friendly Walk Throughs with ALPIRC and AZPIRC

Organization: Alabama Parent Information Resource Center
Date: 2010
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Both the ALPIRC and the AZPIRC conduct these comprehensive evaluations to help schools engage families in a way that will lead to increased student achievement.


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Parent Involvement in Education: The Key to Future Success

Organization: Prevent Child Abuse, New Jersey
Date: 2010
Description:

School-age children spend 70% of their waking hours, including weekends and holidays, outside of school. It's no surprise that the family can have a dramatic impact on a child's learning and academic success -- in fact, the greater the involvement, the greater the impact on a child's achievement. Research has shown that family participation in education was a better predictor of students' academic success -- more than their socioeconomic status.


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Take a Stand Against Bullying (Excerpt)

Organization: PBS (In the Mix)
Date: 2010
Description: Research from the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) National Bullying Campaign shows that up to 25% of U.S. students are bullied each year. As many as 160,000 may stay home from school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied. Now, the growing trend of cyberbullying comes into the home via computers. At least 1 out of 3 teens say they have been seriously threatened online, and 60% of teens say they have participated in online bullying. Hosted by Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, herself a victim of bullying, this solution oriented program presents a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to preventing bullying. It also provides help and advice to victims, parents and bystanders. Her personal experience is interwoven with compelling stories of teens who have also been bullied.


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Teen Immigrants (Excerpt)

Organization: PBS (In the Mix)
Date: 2010
Description: A record number of immigrants are being naturalized in America, especially Hispanic and Asian groups. However, animosity towards immigrants and tensions over race and customs are often sources of violent confrontations. As one young immigrant described it, America is less of a melting pot and more of a "salad bowl with lots of little chunks." In the Mix profiles five teen immigrants of different races and countries, including the Dominican Republic, China, Russia, Africa and India/Tanzania, to convey a deeper understanding of their motivation in coming to America. We learn about the experiences and challenges they face, as well as their aspirations for the future. In addition to breaking down stereotypes, the program is also supportive and of high interest to teen immigrants.


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The Teacher-Parent Relationship: Using Professional Development to Improve Family and Community Engagement

Organization: The U.S. Department of Education; United Way Worldwide; National PTA; Southwest Educational Development Laboratory; and Harvard Family Research Project
Date: 2010
Description: Strong parent-teacher relationships contribute to a positive school climate, family engagement in student learning, improved student performance and the retention of high-quality teachers. Family engagement must be embedded in preservice curricula, professional standards, teacher certification, and assessments for learning and accountability. Furthermore, all school personnel, from principals to receptionists, must have access to professional development that reinforces family engagement as a strategy for improving student performance. This webinar is the fourth in a series titled “Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement." It examines practical examples of how states can embed family engagement into professional development systems and how teacher education programs can include family engagement in teaching and learning. The webinar also discusses promising practices in higher education, including partnerships with Parental Information and Resource Centers to build the capacity of family coordinators. Presenters include Beatriz Ceja, U.S. Department of Education; Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors and Mishaela Durán, National Parent Teacher Association; Susan Walker, University of Minnesota; and Jane Groff, Kansas State Parent Information and Resource Center.

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Transforming Schools Through Family, School, and Community Engagement

Organization: The U.S. Department of Education; United Way Worldwide; National PTA; Southwest Educational Development Laboratory; and Harvard Family Research Project
Date: 2010
Description: Research over the past 30 years has shown that engaging families in their children’s education increases student achievement and decreases dropout rates. This is the first webinar in a series titled “Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement." It aims to provide opportunities for stakeholders representing national, regional and local organizations to learn about family, school and community engagement research, as well as best practices and innovations from the field. This archived webinar is the first installment of the series; it addresses the question “How can stakeholders build the capacity to transform schools through effective family, school and community engagement?” It includes real-life examples of innovative family and community engagement efforts, and it also discusses how to integrate family engagement into student learning and how to sustain engagement efforts across the cradle-to-career pathway. Presenters include Jim Shelton and Anna Hinton, U.S. Department of Education; Heather Weiss, Harvard Family Research Project; Nina Sazer O’Donnell, United Way Worldwide; and Ron Mirr, Iowa State Parent Information and Resource Center.

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What Makes a School Worth Going To? (Excerpt)

Organization: PBS (In the Mix)
Date: 2010
Description: What makes a school worth going to? Four youth media teams set out to answer this important question by creating short personal documentaries about their schools. Thomas, in New Mexico, does poorly in academic subjects until he discovers unrecognized skills in a school arts program and gains the confidence to tackle more academic subjects. In Evanston, IL, students show that excellent teaching requires a mixture of inspiring pedagogy, emotional coaching and a strong dose of personalized attention. Students in San Antonio highlight a successful magnet school with only 450 students, teachers and administrators. Finally, Perpich Center for Arts Education provides academic and personal security for students in Minnesota. These videos depict a road map of hope and success for public school systems.


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