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FINE Newsletter, Volume II, Issue 3
Issue Topic: Using Student Data to Engage Families

Resources & Research From Harvard Family Research Project

Engaging families in student success is emerging as the next stage in leveraging internet and wireless technologies to boost student success. Family engagement is related to a range of benefits for students, including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and increased likelihood of high school graduation. Research on school reform also indicates that strong family–school ties are one of the essential elements in transforming low-performing schools.

How is technology being used to strengthen family engagement? Based on research of promising practices in school districts and communities, the Harvard Family Research Project identifies a variety of technological innovations in this brief, which have the potential to boost key dimensions of family engagement: positive parent–child interactions, home–school communication, and parent responsibility for a child’s learning. Although the digital divide continues to be a challenge, schools and communities that are committed to using technology for family engagement are working to address accessibilty and training issues.

This resource is part of the October 2010 FINE Newsletter. The FINE Newsletter shares the newest and best family involvement research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. To access the FINE Newsletter Archive, visit

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