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Dear FINE Members,

It's here! After months of planning and feedback from you, our members, we are pleased to introduce the newly redesigned and expanded FINE Newsletter. In addition to our regular list of links to current research and resources—which you will now find in the Family Involvement News section at the end of the newsletter—we now bring you valuable original content from researchers at Harvard Family Research Project and experts in the field.

This month, three field leaders bring their unique insights and perspectives to this issue's theme: home–school communication. JoBeth Allen frames the broad issue of home–school communication, focusing on diverse families, while Amy Schulting and Carrie Rose describe their work with home visiting programs—one promising approach to fostering home–school communication

We also offer you a set of tip sheets for parent–teacher conferences, produced by Harvard Family Research Project, for use by principals, teachers, and parents.

We eagerly await your feedback on the new and improved FINE Newsletter, and we encourage you to pass this issue on to interested friends and colleagues.

Guest Commentary

Effective Home–School Communication

JoBeth Allen Not all communication between families and schools supports student learning. University of Georgia Professor JoBeth Allen provides an overview of home–school communication, including its importance and inherent challenges, and shares strategies for effective communication between schools and diverse families.

Tips & Tools From Harvard Family Research Project

Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets Parent–teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home–school communication and family involvement in children's education. This set of three tip sheets—for principals, teachers, and parents—can help ensure that conferences achieve their maximum potential.

Resources & Research From FINE Members

Kindergarten Home Visit Project

Amy Schulting The need for home–-school collaboration begins even before a child’s first day of school. Researcher Amy Schulting shares data from a recent evaluation study to describe how one home visiting project eases children's transition to kindergarten.

Voices From the Field

The Parent Teacher Home Visit Project

Parent Teacher Home Visit Project When community organizations, schools, and local government work together with families, they can help children learn. Carrie Rosewrites about how the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project fosters purposeful relationships between families of school-age children and schools through teacher home visits.

Family Involvement News

January 2009 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, events, and opportunities in the family involvement field. 

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