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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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Family involvement in schools is key to improving student outcomes, but it cannot work without the effective training of teachers. Teacher preparation and continuing professional development in family engagement strategies can have an enormous influence on how teachers feel about efforts to engage families and what they do as practicing educators. Because it is important for schools to engage students’ families from early childhood through high school, teacher preparation programs must support pre-service teachers at all levels in effectively working with families.

In this issue we explore the new skills and knowledge teachers need to effectively engage families in the twenty-first century. We respond in particular to teachers’ desires to be better prepared to relate to diverse students and families.

Go to the March 2011 issue of the FINE Newsletter: Preparing Teachers for Family Engagement.

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