Spotlights Featured Resources for Families and Schools

Parent Resources (Search Our Database) Curriculum of the Home: Part 3, Family Expectations and Supervision [video] Indicators in Action, Academic Development Institute This 6-minute video discusses the role of family expectations and supervision of learning in the curriculum of the home, which research has proven to be very important to student success. Simple everyday actions and conversations matter! Examples from students and families are included. [Parts 1 & 2 are also available here.]

Bringing Developmental Relationships Home: Tips and Relationship Builders (pdf) Search Institute This booklet "provides a variety of tips and activities you can use in your family to be more intentional in how you build developmental relationships. Doing so not only can help your children learn and thrive, but it can also be fun."

School Resources (Search Our Database) Research Matters: The Power of Parental Expectations Goodwin, B., Educational Leadership, 75(1), 80-81. This article discusses research (including meta-analyses by Jeynes and others) highlighting parents' expectations as the most important factor in student success, and the author suggests schools model respectful communication with families and support them in helping their children internalize high aspirations.

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide U.S. Department of Education "This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section starts with foundational pieces and builds from there." Topics include personalized learning, competency-based education, building partnerships (including social/emotional community support), devices, internet, online safety, and more to help families support remote learning.

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Supporting the Engagement and Participation of Multicultural, Multilingual Immigrant Families in Public Education in the United States: Some Practical Strategies David A. HouselHousel notes that most immigrant families already have high expectations for their children’s learning. In this article, he provides some practical strategies to help answer the question, “How can the cultural capital of immigrant students and their families be leveraged to promote student success and inspire high educational expectations for immigrant students among school personnel?”

“I like being involved in school stuff”: Mothers’ Perspectives Around Their Participation in Family Engagement in Universal Prekindergarten Eva Liang, Lacey Elizabeth Peters, Ana Lomidze, and Sanae Akaba "Using data from interviews with mothers, this study investigates the different ways families are engaged in their child’s PreK experience. Multiple themes emerged from the interviews, including: family engagement, parents’ knowledge about what their child is learning, learning through play, and parental goals for their PreK children."


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