Spotlights Featured Resources for Families and Schools

Parent Resources (Search Our Database) Standards Start at Home Slides (from the Guide to Early Learning for Parents/Families) Illinois Early Learning Project, based on the guide from Academic Development InstituteIllinois Early Learning has created a bank of slides based on Standards Start at Home: A Guide to Early Learning for Parents/Families. These slides contain simple, free or low cost suggestions for the families and caregivers of young children to make learning fun! Look at tips for specific areas, like arts or math or social/emotional development, or download and share the whole set.
Supporting Your Child's Reading at Home Institute of Education Sciences-REL Southeast This series of videos and activities provides families with children in K-3 with information about how to support kindergarten, first, second, and third grade children as they practice foundational reading skills at home.

School Resources (Search Our Database) Attendance Works: [Resources] For Working with Teens and Their Families Attendance Works This webpage has resources for dropout prevention and boosting attendance, including handouts for the parents of middle and high schoolers (available in English and Spanish), and other creative methods like a rap video.

Teacher Tips: 3 Ways to Effectively Engage Your Students' Families Michele Myers & Sara Smolevitz for NAFSCE This infographic based on a presentation by Dr. Michele Myers offers specific tips for K–12 teachers in the categories of: learn about yourself and your students; listen to your families; and make yourself visible in the community.

School Community Journal Resources (Search Our Database) The Role of Parents During the Middle School Years: Strategies for Teachers to Support Middle School Family Engagement Hadley F. Bachman, Eric M. Anderman, Brett Zyromski, and Barbara Boone “In this article, we provide research-based strategies for middle-level educators to effectively communicate with parents to bolster developmentally appropriate family engagement. These strategies are paired with examples demonstrating how the research translates into practice.”
Elementary School Teachers’ and Parents’ Perspectives of Home–School Engagement and Children’s Literacy Learning in a Low-Income Area Jacqueline Lynch “This research examined language arts teachers’ and parents’ perspectives of home–school engagement and literacy learning in a school located in a low-income area….The following themes were found: contrasting perspectives on home–school engagement, differing perspectives on homework completion, and similar views on what motivates students in literacy.”
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