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Transmedia Activities: Engaging Families to Improve Children's Early Mathematics Achievement

In this transmedia storytelling study, read how weekly parent support meetings for preschool mathematics achievement increased family engagement and improved preschool children’s mathematics knowledge and skills.

The Effects of Peer Influence on Parents’ Reading Behavior at Home With Their Children

Looking for an easy, low-cost way to encourage parent engagement? Learn how exposure to parent social norms can be used to leverage new parent engagement.

Mobile Technology and Family Engagement: Texting Intervention Increases Head Start Parents’ Engagement in Parent‒Child Activities

Learn how text messaging parent‒child activity tips to families with young children can be an effective way to support family engagement, especially among fathers!

Data Sharing Through Parent Portals: An Exploration of Parental Motivation, Data Use, and the Promise of Prolonged Parent Involvement

In this Research Digest, Barbara Starkie highlights key findings from her recent study that examined why and how parents use online parent portals to view student data.

A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Different Types of Parental Involvement Programs for Urban Students

In this Research Digest, William Jeynes highlights key findings from his recent meta-analysis examining the effectiveness of different types of school-based parental involvement programs. His study found that programs that emphasized shared reading, teacher–parent partnership, checking homework, and teacher–parent communication all had statistically significant positive effects on student outcomes. Jeynes discusses why the effects of school-based programs are greater than the effects seen with “voluntary” expressions of parental engagement.

The Effects of a Responsive Parenting Intervention on Parent–Child Interactions during Shared Book Reading

This installment in our Family Involvement Research Digest Series features Susan Landry discussing a recent study—conducted by Landry and her colleagues at the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas—about a mother–child intervention aimed at improving the use of responsive parenting techniques.

Family Computing and the Academic Engagement and Achievement of Low-Income, Urban Adolescents: Findings From the Computers for Youth Intervention

Computers for Youth looks at how family computing can connect adolescents with their parents and sustain their engagement in school.

Tapping Into Technology: The Role of the Internet in Family–School Communication

A large-scale study examines the usage and benefits of Internet-based family–school communication.

Young Latino Infants and Families: Parental Involvement Implications from a Recent National Study

A national study looks at how cultural practices in the first year of life influence children's cognitive, social, language, and literacy development.

Valuing Parents as Co-Educators: A Teacher-Parent Partnership Project in Cyprus

A study of a classroom-based family involvement program in Cyprus that offers multiple roles for parents in the classroom.

Working With Families in the Rural South: Findings From the REA-Funded Promising Readers Program

A study of the Promising Readers Program, which brings together parents, preservice teachers, and others to strengthen children's literacy.

Parents Come to Kindergarten: A Unique Junior Kindergarten Program for Four Year Olds and Their Families

A study of a preschool parenting and readiness program in Canada for four-year-olds and their families.

Lessons From Latina Teachers' Childhoods

A study finds Latina teachers' literacy processes are shaped in part by their childhoods.

Incorporating Latino Parents' Perspectives Into Teacher Preparation

A study of Latino parents reveals their perspectives on what teachers should know in order to teach children more effectively.

“I'm Poor, I'm Single, I'm a Mom, and I Deserve Respect”: Advocating in Schools as/With Mothers in Poverty

In a study using role-play with school staff, poor single mothers reveal school prejudices and catalyze change.

Parent Involvement and Early Literacy

A study finds a connection between parents' involvement at school and children's higher literacy.

How Teachers Come to Understand Families

A study finds two key processes whereby teachers in a low-income rural New England town come to understand families.

Faith-Based Organizing for School Improvement in the Texas Borderlands: A Case Study of the Alliance School Initiative

A study of a faith-based organization and school–community partnership to improve parental engagement.

Enhancing Parental Involvement Through Goal-Based Interventions

A study of a goal-based parenting intervention program for low-income families.

“As Long as I Got Breath, I'll Fight”: Participatory Action Research for Educational Justice

A study of a participatory action project in the South Bronx.

Story Time: Mothers' Reading Practices in Japan and the U.S.

A study compares American and Japanese mothers' home reading practices with their preschool children.

School-Family Relationship: Some Lessons From a Teacher Professional Development Program

Three studies explore how university–school research partnerships can provide teacher professional development to strengthen parent–teacher relations.

The Role of the Family in the Educational Experiences of Second-Generation Chinese Americans

A study of the role families play in Chinese-American students' paths to college.

Parents Write Their Worlds: A Parent Involvement Program Bridging Urban Schools and Families

A participatory research project examines a school-based writing workshop in which parents write stories for a literary magazine.

Parent Involvement and the Social and Academic Competencies of Urban Kindergarten Children

Calls for a framework of parent involvement for kindergarten-aged children that co-constructs involvement among families, schools, and communities.

Math Teachers' Use of Class Websites to Support Parent Involvement

Interviews with math teachers reveal class websites could be used more effectively to support parent involvement.

Engaging Parents in an Urban Public High School: A Case Study of Boston Arts Academy

A case study about how Boston Arts Academy engages parents with activities, environment, and communication.

Do Educational Programs Increase Parents' Practices at Home?: Factors Influencing Latino Parent Involvement

A study looks at how programs educating Latino parents about the school system increase their involvement in their children's education.

African-American and Chinese-American Parent Involvement: The Importance of Race, Class, and Culture

A study looks at the alternative forms of social capital that parents of different races, classes, and cultures use to support their children's education.

Adolescence: Are Parents Relevant to Students' High School Achievement and Post-Secondary Attainment?

Analysis of National Educational Longitudinal Study data about parents' expectations' effect on students' achievement.

The Welfare-to-Work Transition and Parent Involvement in Education: A Southern Case Study

A case study examines how the welfare-to-work transition influences parental involvement in education.

Reading, Writing, and Reform in the Bronx: Lessons for Community Engagement in Schools

Five community-based education organizing groups use various strategies to build trust and commitment among parents and teachers.

Perceived Academic Support From Parents, Teachers, and Peers: Relation to Hong Kong Adolescents' Academic Behavior and Achievement

A study finds that perceived support from teachers and parents contributes to students' academic achievement.

Learning by Listening: A Longitudinal Study of Family Literacy

A longitudinal study of family literacy explores the reading concepts and practices of urban families.

Family Involvement in the Education of Secondary-School-Age Students With Disabilities

A study shows how families of students with disabilities are involved in their children's education.

Conjoint Behavioral Consultation: A Model to Facilitate Meaningful Partnerships for Families and Schools

A study of a behavioral intervention model where parents, educators, and service providors worked collaboratively to address children's needs.

British Bangladeshi and Pakistani Families and Education Involvement: Barriers and Possibilities

A study about British Bangladeshi and Pakistani parents' interactions with their children's schools.

Accomplished Teachers and Their Interactions With Parents: A Comparative Analysis of Strategies and Techniques

A comparative analysis of the strategies and techniques used by National Board-certified teachers versus noncertified teachers.

Mothering the Mind and Soul: African American Mothers' Beliefs and Practices to Ensure Academic and Social Success for Their Daughters in High School

Interviews with African American mothers of successful high school daughters.

Family Support Services Promote School Readiness

A study demonstrates that a wide variety of parent and child factors relate to school readiness and positive child outcomes.

Parental Involvement and Student Achievement: A Meta-Analysis

A meta-analysis of 77 parent involvement research studies.

Approaches to Parental Involvement for Improving the Academic Performance of Elementary School Children in Grades K-6

Evidence on the effect of parental involvement intervention programs for improving children's academic performance.

Making It Work: Low-Income Working Mothers' Involvement in Their Children's Education, Digest Version

A study about low-income working mothers' involvement in their children's education.

Family Involvement in School and Low-Income Children's Literacy Performance

A groundbreaking study links increases in family involvement to increases in children's achievement.

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