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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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Dear FINE Members,

In this abbreviated issue of the FINE Newsletter, we offer suggestions for your summer reading lists. We review John Merrow's new book, The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership and include our 2010 Family Involvement Bibliography for you to peruse. And, as always, we provide a round-up of recent family involvement news and updates. In her review of Merrow’s book, early childhood teacher and former HFRP staffer Ashley Chu provides her personal reflections on the implications of Merrow’s work for educators’ and schools’ family engagement efforts. The 2010 Bibliography offers a comprehensive listing of books, articles, dissertations, and other resources published last year that address a variety of issues related to family engagement in education.

Our fall issue of the FINE Newsletter will focus on new roles for families as children's learning worlds expand. To inform the issue, we are seeking insight from our FINE audience. If you use digital media to engage with students’ families, or teach parents how to use digital media to support their child’s learning, we’d love to hear from you! In addition to digital media, the fall Newsletter will also feature new information about families’ roles in data sharing and extended learning time. Please submit examples via email to, through Facebook, or via Twitter, directing comments to @HFRP.

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Resources & Research From Harvard Family Research Project

2010 Family Involvement Bibliography

This latest update to the Family Involvement Bibliography series provides faculty and others interested in family involvement with a compilation of journal articles, dissertations, theses, research briefs, papers, reports, and books on family engagement from 2010.

Book Review

The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership

In this review of The Influence of Teachers, Ashley Chu, an early childhood teacher in Washington, DC and a former research assistant for Harvard Family Research Project, provides her personal reflections on the book's messages and her views on the book's implications for family engagement in education.

Family Involvement News

August 2011 News

Father and daughter reading together We at Harvard Family Research Project are committed to keeping you up to date on what's new in family involvement. View our list of links to current reports, articles, resources, and events in the family involvement field. 

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