Parent and Community Involvement

 

Center for Effective Parenting: This is a site providing information across a broad array of parenting topics. It features Resources for Parents, Educators, and Parent Educators. The Parent Resources section has good resources about parent involvement in education. Some information is available in Spanish.

Collaborative Steps: Paving the Way to Kindergarten for Young Children with Disabilities: This is an article from the Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It provides an interesting perspective on parent-school collaboration around children with disabilities since it is written by the mother of a child with a disability who is also a school administrator. The article is directed at educators, but parents can also read it to get a picture of how collaborative planning should look for their child.

Communities In Schools: Communities in schools is a national organization dedicated to helping young people stay in school and prepare for success in life by connecting them to school, community and family resources and services. The website provides lots of information about Communities in Schools’ programs and services, selected publications and reports from Communities in Schools, and contact information for Communities in Schools programs in Kansas.

Educating Our Children Together: Effective Family-School-Community Partnerships: You will find this book on the web page of the National Center on Dispute Resolution (CADRE), which is funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. CADRE co-authored the book. The CADRE web page features a wide range of resources related to dispute resolution and special education mediation.

Establishing a Parent-Teacher Relationship: This article is from the Child Development Institute and it takes parents step-by-step through the process of building a relationship with their child’s teacher. Check out the links to other parent involvement resources at the bottom of the page.

Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE): FINE, sponsored by the Harvard Family Research Project, is a bold new effort to strengthen family and community engagement in education. FINE's members are educators, directors and trainers of community-based and national organizations, parent leaders, and graduate students. The FINE website has tons of resources on family involvement in education, including bibliographies of related literature, research reports, information about ongoing research studies, frequently asked questions answered by FINE members, and training materials.

National Center for Community Education (NCCE): NCCE is dedicated to promoting community and educational change through “community schools” in which schools and communities work together to solve community problems. NCCE pursues this goal by providing leadership development and training to individuals across the country. This website provides information about NCCE’s mission, national training workshops, and online courses and links to useful web pages. Be sure to check out the Mission and History section—the community schools philosophy has been developing since 1935!

National Center for Family and Community Connections in Schools: The Center focuses on linking people with research-based information and resources they can use to effectively connect schools, families, and communities. The Center makes this information available in a variety of formats, which can be found in the web site’s Resources section. Be sure to check out the Research Syntheses and Strategy Briefs.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE): NCPIE brings together parent organizations, advocacy groups, national education organizations, and government agencies to promote parent involvement in education. This website is distinguished by its exhaustive listing of Internet resources related to parent involvement. It also features NCPIE information on Developing Partnerships.

National Education Association (NEA): This link takes you to the section of the NEA’s web page devoted to parent involvement in education. Parents can find definitions of Parent Involvement, statistics from research explaining the impact of parent involvement, NEA guides to help parents support their children’s education, and links to other resources. Some information is available in Spanish.

Parents for Public Schools (PPS): PPS is a national parent organization committed to strengthening public schools by making sure all schools serve all children effectively. “PPS values effective parent involvement as critical to strong public schools. PPS values parents as committed owners of, rather than passive consumers in, public schools.” In addition to learning more about PPS as an organization, parents can check out the many Parent Resource web links and browse PSS articles, newsletters, and other publications related to strengthening public schools through meaningful parent involvement.

Schools, Parents, and Communities Working Together: This page is part of MiddleWeb, an organization dedicated to “exploring middle school reform.” Therefore, all the resources on this page are geared specifically to educators, parents, and advocates involved in the middle grades. A lot of the material is directed at educators and policymakers, but there is plenty for parents, too. Check out the rest of the web page for other resources for strengthening middle school education, including chat rooms.