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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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With an eye toward continuous improvement and career development, HFRP provides research-based teacher preparation and professional development resources and training tools for teachers, administrators, professional development specialists, community-based practitioners, faculty, and policymakers.

We seek to build national capacity for partnerships between families, schools, and communities in order to improve children's learning and school success. By focusing on teacher preparation and professional development, we intend to foster the family engagement skills of teachers and community-based practitioners. Our resources can also be used in workshops for families or with practitioners and families together.

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Preparing Educators to Engage Families book coverFamily Engagement Teaching Cases
Case studies reflect critical dilemmas in family–school–community relations, especially among low-income and culturally diverse families.  

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Family Engagement
Create Your Own Case Toolkit: Building Your Family Engagement Skills and KnowledgeCreate Your Own Case Toolkit:
Building Your Family Engagement Skills and Knowledge

The Office of Head Start National Center on Family, Parent, and Community Engagement, in which HFRP participated as a co-investigator from 2010-2015, has developed three family engagement‒focused simulations.


A human-centered design approach – an approach that is based on observation, empathy, optimism, collaboration, and experimentation – opens new possibilities for educators to motivate and sustain family engagement.




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