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Strengthening Parentsí Ability to Provide the Guidance and Support That Matter Most in High School MS Word PDF - The higher the expectations of parents, the steadier their guidance and support, and the greater their sense of partnership with teachers and other staff, the better their childís chances of academic success. This ECS Policy Brief reviews: (1) Research on the types of parental involvement that positively impact high school students; (2) State and local policies and practices that reflect and reinforce a commitment to parental involvement; and (3) The parental involvement component of No Child Left Behind. (Tim Taylor and Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, August 2008)...

Parent Involvement: What most impacts student success? - Access related research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations....

The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3 to 8: A Focus on Literacy and Math Achievement Outcomes and Social-Emotional Skills - Researchers looked at 95 studies conducted over the past 10 years on how family involvement affects literacy, math, and social-emotional skills of children three to eight. They found family involvement is important for literacy and math; a few studies found positive relationships between with social-emotional skills. The weakest link was between family involvement at school and children's outcomes. With direction, parents from diverse backrounds can become more engaged with their children. Recommendations are made for future inquiry. (Frances L. Voorhis et al. MDRC, October 2013)...

Parent and Family Involvement in Education, from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012 First Look - A survey of thousands of parents reveals that, according to their parents, 96% of K-12 students have homework outside school. Among them, 67% have an adult in the household who checked that their homework was done. Those parents have high expectations: only 1% of students in grades 6-12 had parents who said they did not expect their child to complete high school, while 37% were expected to earn a graduate or professional degree. (Amber Noel, Patrick Stark and Jeremy Redford, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2013)...

What Parents Want: Education Preferences and Trade-Offs (A National Survey of K-12 Parents) - A diverse group of 2,000 parents nationwide were surveyed in an attempt is to segment U.S. parents into distinguishable groups. Parents' must-haves did not vary greatly, but some demographic differences emerged: white parents were more concerned about their children developing good study habits than African American or Latino parents, but less concerned about acceptance into a top-tier college than Latinos and African Americans. The goal of developing "strong critical thinking skills" had a nearly direct correlation with income-the higher the income, the higher the priority. Market "niches" also were identified. (Editors Dara Zeehandelaar and Amber M. Winkler, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, August 2013)...

Ready, Willing and Able? Kansas City Parents Talk About How to Improve Schools and What They Can Do to Help - Researchers surveyed parents of children in Kansas City Public Schools, which lost accreditation in 2012, to discover the degree to which parents are prepared to take on more active school roles. Parents were divided into three groups: potential transformers who said they would be comfortable serving on committees to decide school policies, but who had yet to act; school helpers who already volunteered at their childrenís schools but in more traditional ways; and help seekers who were most dissatisfied with schools yet were present in the schools. Recommendations follow. (Johnson et al, Public Agenda, April 2013)...

2011 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher - Conducted annually, this survey examines the views of teachers, parents and students about the teaching profession, parent and community engagement, and effects of the economy on teaching and learning in schools. Notable findings include parent and community engagement with schools has increased, and there are constructive practices to be shared. The survey raises concerns, however, especially around teacher satisfaction. (Metlife, Inc. March 2012)...

Parent/Teacher Home Visits Creating a Bridge between Parents and Teachers as Co-Educators in Springfield, MA and Seattle, WA - This Issues Brief from NEA Foundation presents a model for parent-teacher home visits based on the experiences of Seattle, Washington and Springfield, Massachusetts, two of the Foundationís Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites. (The NEA Foundation, March 2012)...

Addressing Achievement Gaps: The Family: America's Smallest School - This article provides highlights from a 2010 ETS symposium addressing the role of family in education. The article discusses the elements of home life that influence education and posits programs that are necessary to strengthen struggling families and build connections between the home and school. (ETS Policy Information Center Educational Testing Service, 2011)...

Work-Family Conflict: Look to Employers and Communities for Solutions - Most American parents are under severe time pressure because they need to work while simultaneously caring for their children and, increasingly, for elderly family members as well. The best hope for struggling working parents lies in voluntary provision of workplace flexibility by employers and more support from community institutions. (The Future of Children/Princeton University, Fall 2011)...

Parent Participation in School-Related Activities by Selected School, Student, and Family Characteristics: 2007 - Table 252 of the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012. Scroll down the page to Table 252. (U.S. Census Bureau, September 2011)...

Fixing Failing Schools: Building Family and Community Demand for Dramatic Change - This report addresses specific barriers leaders need to tackle when taking action in persistently failing schools, and presents effective strategies for overcoming barriers and building demand for change. (Public Impact, May 2011)...

Teaching the Teachers: Preparing Educators to Engage Families for Student Achievement - This brief describes five core elements necessary for a system of teacher training and professional development in support of family engagement. The core elements discussed are: (1) Standards for family engagement; (2) curriculum that advances the skills, knowledge and attitudes that teachers need to engage families; (3) collaborations among various stakeholders; (4) continuing professional development around family engagement; and (5) evaluation for learning and continuous improvement. (National PTA and Harvard Family Research Project, May 2011) ...

The Family: America's Smallest School - This is the 14th in a series from ETS's "Addressing Achievement Gaps". Today many families are struggling and their struggles contribute to the stubborn achievement gap separating low-income and minority students from their more affluent peers. Education policymakers have focussed on what happens inside the classroom but the impact of family means that school reform alone cannot eliminate the achievement gap. The challenge of helping families prepare their children for academic success was the subject of the 14th symposia. (ETS, February 2011)...

Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K: State Policies that Bolster Student Success - Family members are a childís first and most important teachers. This Pre-K Now report identifies policies that can enhance family engagement in state pre-k and highlights examples from states that are leading the way. (Deborah Roderick Stark, Pew Center on the States, June 2010)...


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