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

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FAMILIES, family partnership

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PRACTITIONER:family connections and partnerships

Authors

U.S. Department of Education,

Published

2007, 9/14/2009

Publisher

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement

Abstract

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 responsibility for school improvement. Intermediary organizations, like federally funded Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs), can help. Drawing on lessons learned from five PIRCs across the country that have been meeting this challenge, this guide shares promising strategies for increasing effective parent involvement.

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