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Transforming Schools Through Family, School, and Community Engagement

April 29, 2010, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (EDT)  An archive of the presentation is available to view here.

The first installment of the webinar series addresses the question, How can stakeholders build the capacity to transform schools through effective family, school, and community engagement?

This webinar includes real-life examples of innovative family and community engagement efforts, as well as a discussion about how to successfully integrate family engagement systems into student learning and how to sustain engagement efforts across the cradle-to-career pathway.

Presenters include Jim Shelton and Anna Hinton from the U.S. Department of Education, Heather Weiss from Harvard Family Research Project, Nina Sazer O'Donnell from United Way Worldwide, and Ron Mirr from the Iowa State PIRC and RM Consulting.


Here is a collection of HFRP resources to broaden understanding of issues discussed during the first webinar, listed by topic. 

A PDF of the presentation slides is also available here.





  • Five Big Ideas for Data Rigor….Without Mortis
    Citing examples such as The New York City Department of Education's Achievement Reporting and Innovation System (ARIS), as well as the New Visions School Data Snapshot, this guest blog post by HFRP Founder & Director Heather Weiss highlights the benefits of accessible and usable data systems to support learning in and out of school.


  • Preparing Educators to Engage Families, 2nd edition (Sage)
    Preparing Educators to Engage Families supports teacher training and professional development in the area of family engagement. This volume helps prepare teachers and other professionals to partner with the families of elementary school children for student success and positive development. This second edition pairs child development theory with research-based teaching cases that reflect critical dilemmas in family-school-community relations, especially among families for whom poverty and cultural differences are daily realities.


  • Family Involvement Makes a Difference Series
    This set of research briefs examines one set of complementary learning linkages: family involvement in the home and school in early childhood, elementary school, middle school, and high school settings. Taken together, these briefs make the case that family involvement predicts children's academic achievement and social development as they progress from early childhood programs through K–12 schools and into higher education.
  • Resource Guide for Family Engagement Across the Developmental Pathway
    This bibliographic resource builds on the work presented in the Family Involvement Makes a Difference series to provide you with a selected listing of recent publications across the full developmental spectrum. Included are research reports, examples of best practices, and toolkits that show how communities and schools can reach out to families to meaningfully engage them in their children’s educational journey, from readying them for kindergarten through preparing for post-secondary college or training.

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