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    A New Wave of Evidence:The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement

    1/5/09 - Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp

    "This review of the research examines the growing evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success. It is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement, and effective strategies to connect schools, families and community. This publication is the second in the series of annual research syntheses by SEDL's National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools, and the fourth in the...

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    Back to School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

    1/1/10 - Wernsing, K.

    A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we’ve put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

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    Deep dialouges to re-imagine and re-create public education

    1/1/08 - Ron Glass

    It is probably never easy to have a deep conversation with another person; each person’s hopes, fears, anxieties, doubts, dreams, and many other powerful feelings, conscious and unconscious, easily get in the way of honest and full expression. To have a deep conversation with a stranger, or with whole groups of strangers and even an entire community, can seem impossible.To talk openly and honestly about our experiences of schooling is equally challenging. Some of our most significant...

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    Disproportionate Representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education: An Orientation for Parents

    1/6/09 - JoEtta Gonzales, Elaine Mulligan

    This presentation addresses three questions: What is the nature of disproportionate representation in our nation’s schools?What are parents’ legal rights for preventing inappropriate placement ? What are some resources and guidelines that parents and students can access to help prevent inappropriate placement?

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    Diversity: School, Family, & Community Connections

    1/5/09 - Martha Boethel

    This is the third in a series of reports to help local school, community, and family leaders obtain useful research-based information about key educational issues. This synthesis focuses specifically on three categories: race or ethnicity, culture (including language), and socioeconomic status. The report also explores barriers to involvement for minority and low-income families, strategies that have been used to address those barriers, and recommendations that local educational leaders can...

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    Emerging Issues in School, Family, & Community Connections

    1/5/09 - Catherine Jordan, Evangelina Orozco, Amy Averett

    "This is the first in a series of research syntheses that will examine key issues in the field of family and community connections with schools. The issues highlighted in this synthesis represent critical areas of work in family and community connections with schools where clarification, agreement, and further development are needed, as well as promising new directions that are emerging. It is based on a review of over 160 publications"

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    Engaging parents in education: Lessons from five parental information and resource centers

    1/14/09 - U.S. Department of Education,

    Children benefit academically when parents and educators work together. For this reason, parents’ involvement in their children’s education is a priority of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. But a strong connection between parents and educators does not come about automatically. Both parties may need to learn new roles and skills and develop the confidence to use them, especially as parents move beyond traditional activities, like helping children with homework, and toward shared...

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    How can early intervening services and responsiveness to intervention work together?

    1/3/09 - National Research Center on Learning Disabilities,

    This 2007 brief explains the connection between Early Intervening Services (EIS) as stipulated in the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA and Responsiveness to Intervention. It was created by the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities and could be of use for families who are looking for foundational information regarding EIS and RTI.

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    Let's Try: Kindergarten Books

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Welcome books have pictures of the principal, secretaries, Kindergarten teachers, lunchroom manager, librarian and janitors – everyone that a new student needs to get to know. Under each picture, the duties or responsibilities of each person are listed, and how their duties relate to the child. The book can include whatever will help the student familiarize themselves with the new school. It could include maps of the school or community, description of special school events or routines...

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    Lets Try: Homework Alternatives

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    An alternative to homework would be integrating learning that will reinforce (but maybe not exactly imitate) what’s being learned at school. By integrating home learning into activities that families already routinely do, family have more opportunities to reinforce school learning than they might achieve through homework.

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    Lets Try: “Friday” Folders

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Good communication between teachers and families can help build school community and foster successful school experiences for kids. One way to achieve good communication is to establish a consistent system for sharing information. A weekly “Friday” folder, provided to each student by his or her teacher, creates an arena for schools and families to share information, successes, questions, and suggestions.

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    Parental Incarceration, Child Homelessness, and the Invisible Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

    1/9/09 - Christopher Wildeman

    "Although the share of the homeless population composed of African Americans and children has grown since at least the early 1980s, the causes of these changes remain poorly understood. This article implicates mass imprisonment in at least the second of these shifts by considering the effects of parental incarceration on child homelessness using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. These are the only data that simultaneously represent a contemporary cohort of the urban...

  • Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare: Evolving Perspectives on Residential Placement

    3/1/13 - The Annie C. Casey Foundation
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    Understanding the Special Education Process

    1/10/09 - Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers,

    The chart below offers an overview of the special education process. It is not designed to show all steps or the specific details. It shows what happens from the time a child is referred for evaluation and is identified as having a disability, through the development of an individualized education program (IEP). The process begins when someone (school staff, parents, etc.) makes a referral for an initial evaluation. An explanation of each numbered area follows the chart.

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    What is service learning: A guide for parents

    1/3/09 - Kaye, C.B.

    Service learning takes place in schools and youth groups across America. Service-learning connects classroom studies with the natural caring and concern young people have for their world. Service-learning allows young people to contribute to solving problems by helping others in their school community, their neighborhood, or around the world. When students apply what they are learning in ways that help others, the results are memorable. Students gain lessons that last a lifetime. While...

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    Why do we educate our children?

    1/16/09 - Mike Rose

    As the 2008 election moves center stage, I would like us to pause and ask ourselves the big question. Why do we as a nation yearly engage in the hugely expensive and culturally monumental ritual of sending children to school? From everything we hear, it’s to prepare the next generation for the economy, and that preparation is measured through scores on standardized tests. This has been the primary justification for education for a generation.But our children are more than economic beings...

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