Spotlights Featured resources for Families and Schools

Parent Resources (Search Our Database) A Guide for Families: Helping Your Child Succeed in School (pdf) Academic Development Institute/School Community Network Free to view and/or print, this guide is packed with research-based and field-tested tips. It includes easy-to-follow parenting practices that help children learn at each age and stage, as well as ways to develop a great relationship with your children’s schools. It also suggests trying some ways to connect with other parents: 1. Meet your children’s friends and their parents. Talk with the parents about their rules and expectations before your children visit them. 2. At school activities, introduce yourself to other parents, get to know them, and share phone numbers. 3. Encourage other parents to get involved in their child’s learning. 4. Offer to lead a parent education group. 5. Give other parents rides to school events. 6. Assist with babysitting so other parents can attend school events or conferences.

Building Parent Voice for Action Montemayor, A. M. (Intercultural Development Research Association) This podcast episode describes how some family groups have conducted parent-to-parent surveys, finding common goals and concerns. The process is helping their schools listen to families and, more importantly, is helping families and schools partner together to meet the challenge.

School Resources (Search Our Database) Parental Engagement: Top 10 Tips for Getting Parents More Involved in School Life Janet Goodall "Dr. Janet Goodall says that teachers and parents share the same aspirations for children." While originating in Great Britain, these tips on building relationships between teachers and families are excellent for teachers and school leaders everywhere.

Building Relationships With Families Through Interpreters: What We Can Learn From Marie Kondo Laura Gardner "School districts are required to communicate with parents in a language they understand, and this necessitates using interpreters and translators...too many schools do not used trained interpreters, despite that fact that it is federal law." Family engagement depends on connecting and building relationships, which a well-trained interpreter can facilitate.

School Community Journal Resources (Search Our Database)

School–Family Partnership Procedures in Urban Secondary Education, Part B: Implementing and Testing Alternative Procedures Mariëtte Lusse, Erik van Schooten, Luuk van Schie, Ton Notten, and Godfried Engbersen Using individual introductory conferences at school, home visits, alternative individual parent–teacher conferences, and alternative collective parent meetings, parents at 10 secondary schools in the Netherlands completed questionnaires. This article examines if parents who participated in one of the alternative school–family partnership procedures scored significantly better on three key topics compared to parents who attended a control activity: achieving a positive relationship between school and parents, positioning the student in school–family partnerships, and facilitating parents to support and guide their child at home. “The five schools which implemented the individual introductory conferences were deliberate about meeting all parents early in the school year and reported more positive relationships with parents at the end of the school year.”

School Leadership, Social Capital, and Community Engagement: A Case Study of an Elementary School in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico David DeMatthews "The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the community-oriented school leadership practices of a school leader at an elementary school within a colonia in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.” Findings revealed how the school leader created connections within the school community. “As a result, parents and the school worked together to recognize their indigenous assets, identify and problem-solve common community challenges, and build mutual trust and respect."