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This paper, authored by Harvard Family Research Project, served as the foundation for panelists’ discussions at the National Policy Forum for Family, School, and Community Engagement.

Beyond Random Acts provides a research-based framing of family engagement; examines the policy levers that can drive change in promoting systemic family, school, and community engagement; and focuses on data systems as a powerful tool to engage families for twenty-first century student learning. Because education reform will succeed only when all students are prepared for the demands of the twenty-first century, the paper also examines the role of families in transforming low-performing schools.

We invite you to read Beyond Random Acts to learn more about how the changing policy landscape is making room for more systemic, integrated, and sustainable family, school, and community engagement.

Stay tuned for additional reports that will highlight the major themes and recommendations that emerged from the panels at the National Policy Forum for Family, School, and Community Engagement.

This forum—hosted by the U.S. Department of Education on November 9, 2010—brought together education thought leaders to help inform the Department’s family, school, and community engagement strategy.  Harvard Family Research Project and SEDL helped facilitate the event in Washington, DC. At the forum, over two dozen experts engaged in dynamic, interactive discussions about the role of family, school, and community engagement in education reform, providing insights based on their own work and identifying new directions for family engagement in the coming years.

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