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This paper distills insights and lessons learned from Harvard Family Research Project's fall 2007 professional development institute, Closing the Achievement Gap: Linking Families, Schools, and Communities Through Complementary Learning. Inspired by the innovation and collaboration we witnessed at the institute, the paper shares insights and lessons learned from presenters, participants, and representatives from four case study communities.

With concrete examples throughout, the paper highlights emerging strategies for creating complementary learning, including establishing strong leadership; leveraging existing efforts, resources, and partnerships; engaging families; building communication; and learning from research and evaluation. It emphasizes the challenges to and strategies for linking schools with nonschool supports. The paper concludes by proposing next steps for the field and looking forward in policy and practice.  

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