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  1. PROVEN TOOLS, STRATEGIES, AND RESOURCES Denise Daniels Family Engagement Coordinator

  2. Partnership strategies for Elementary school Families • School tours for families (ELL in particular) • Grade-level learning packets • Family visits • Grade-level parent discussion groups • Lending libraries • Family interactive homework • Parenting workshops • Health and nutrition education for parents • Student-led parent-teacher conferences • Meetings with middle school staff and parents

  3. Partnership strategies for secondary school families • Family visits • Family workshops to explain courses, electives, credits, graduation requirements, etc. • Student-led, parent-teacher conferences • Peer Tutors and Peer Mentor programs for students • Family classes on puberty, raising teenagers, drug and alcohol prevention/intervention, depression/suicide prevention, etc. • Social Media and Technology Workshops • Support for incoming mid-year students • Parent-student-counselor sessions for joint college admissions and career planning • College and career fairs for families • College tours for families • FAFSA and other financial aid workshops for parents

  4. Adding educational opportunities to school events • Back-to-school night - add a guided school building tour for bilingual families • Family dinner - add parent involvement workshop • Open house - add community resources fair • Curriculum night - add cultural heritage fair potluck • ESL class presentations - add understanding the school system workshop • Parent-Teacher conference - add student study skills workshop (with interpretation for ELL families)

  5. Additional resources • The National Network of Partnerships Schools - Johns Hopkins University - www.partnershipschools.org. Click on TIPS (Teachers Involve Parents in Schools) • Parent Toolkit - http://www.parenttoolkit.com/ • Family and Community Engagement Network http://www.fcenetwork.iel.org/ • Parent Engagement and Resources Pages- ASD http://www.auburn.wednet.edu/site/default.aspx?PageID=11756 • National Education Association www.nea.org • National Association for the Education of Young Children www.naeyc.org

  6. Books and publications • Beyond the Bake Sale- Henderson/Mapp • School, Family, and Community Partnerships; Preparing Educators and Improving Schools- Epstein and Associates • Schooling Students Placed at Risk: Research, Policy, and Practice in the Education of Poor and Minority Adolescents –Epstein and Associates • Multicultural Partnerships Involve All Families- Hutchins/Greenfeld