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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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In this issue:

Democracy and Community Partnerships
For the Jane Addams School of Democracy's diverse participants, being part of the American democratic tradition involves a commitment to participate in community issues, and not simply to leave important decisions in the hands of distant policymakers. Program Spotlight describes the history, structure, and organization of this unique partnership and how the School puts democratic principles into practice.

Teachers and Learners
In Questions & Answers the four cofounders of the School share their vision. For them, democracy is about co-creating solutions together. It implies that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner. With these guiding principles, the School has tackled a broad range of issues, including citizenship for immigrants, honoring Hmong veterans, family involvement in education, literacy, and community as a learning resource.

A Hub of Parent, Teacher, and Student Involvement
Parent Perspective highlights the voices of immigrants and explores how the School serves as a hub of family support and involvement in children's education. Teacher Talk examines how the School connects teachers with the community so that they can learn about families and also enrich their own teaching and learning experiences. Student Voices describe how the School cultivates student leadership and starts them out on a path of life-long public work.

Building University–Community Partnerships
Lessons From Leaders presents lessons about the ways communities and higher education institutions can work together for a common mission. Meanwhile, the Special Supplement analyzes the Jane Addams School for Democracy as an organization that models a relational culture and draws out the lessons for family involvement efforts.

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