Parent & Community Engagement

This is a collection of resources that encourage and discuss the importance of parental and family involvement in education. 

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Activities to Promote Parent Involvement
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Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to engage in violent behavior if their families are involved in their education. Many parents say, however, that they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their children's schools. Teachers often feel under attack by parents who are highly involved. Learn how to bridge the gap. Included: A dozen activities to promote parental involvement and ten tips for involved parents.

Subject:
Education
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Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Vicki Moore
Date Added:
10/17/2019
Bully Proof Your Child: Become a Solution-Coach
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Nicholas Carlisle, Executive Director of No Bully, works with parents of Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco, California, to share information about bullying and to devise and practice strategies for bully-proofing their children.Mr. Carlisle begins by defining the repetitive nature of bullying and looks specifically at four different kinds of bullying: physical, verbal, social/relational, and cyberbullying. Identifies best practices and preventative measures to help prevent bullying.Mr. Broecker, principal, tells parents about a group at the school focused on addressing the subject of bullying at school. He urges parents to join teachers and staff at Alvarado Elementary working with a group called PEACE (Practicing Empathy and Caring with Everyone).Addressing the larger question of how parents might bully-proof their children is the focus of much of the discussion. Mr. Carlisle asks parents to become a solution-coach, balancing both the use of empathy and setting limits and establishing consequences so that students are better prepared to deal with bullying in their lives.In small groups, parents practice what they have heard by discussing bullying scenarios and how they would help their child in specific bullying situations. This is followed by group discussion where parents share ideas for certain scenarios.

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Education
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
05/24/2018
Character Dare for Staff - 40 Weeks of Intentional Character & Culture Building
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These challenges are designed for staff to help build solid character and culture in their schools and classrooms. What a great resource to use to start your school year off on the best foot!

You will also find 100+ Student character dares!

...and Family character dares!

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Education
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Character Strong
ChracterStrong
Date Added:
06/12/2020
Collaborating with Families
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Designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families, this Module highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities (est. completion time: 1 hour).

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Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Vanderbilt University
Provider Set:
IRIS Center
Date Added:
09/27/2018
Common Sense Media - Digital Citizenship Curriculum & EdTech Reviews
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*Digital citizenship (balanced usage)
*EdTech rating & reviews
*Expert advice
*Family engagement resources
*Free monthly webinars

*Digital Passport & Digital Compass games for students
*Videos, toolkits, lesson plans, posters, and more!

*sign up for the weekly newsletter for tips and advice

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Education
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Primary Source
Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Continuum of Learning For Parents Video & Discussion Guide
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This amazing video will clearly explain the PeBL philosophy at Sun West School Division. The who, what, when, where, why and how of PeBL are addressed and articluated clearly for the parent and community audience. Topics include the continuum of learning, transfer of responsibility, personalized learning, the three pillars of PeBL. This resource will clearly explain everything you need to know to get started embracing PeBL at home!

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Education
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
03/13/2019
Conversations with Your Child
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230 conversation starters to get the conversation rolling!

The starters are for various ages and maturity levels. As the parent, you know your child best and we will leave it to you to select appropriate starters.

-getting to know your child
-your relationship with your child
-family
-blended and adopted families
-values and character
-school and learning
-emotions
-friendships and peers
-bullying
-drugs and alcohol
-consent, love, marriage and sexual preference
-body image and gender roles
-spirituality

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Education
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Aha! Parenting
Date Added:
04/07/2020
Crit Lit for Kids: From Critical Consciousness to Service Learning
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Students take their ideas from the classroom page to the community pavement when they participate in a service-learning project based on their multimedia presentations.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Unit of Study
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/05/2018
Family Engagement Resources for School Use from Sun West
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The following is a collection of resources and strategies to help teachers connect with families positively and engage them in their child's learning. Use this resource to help ensure you have a family friendly school with parents involved in the school and their child's education.
Community connections are also explored.
Together the parents, teacher, student and community can work together to forge a positive and successful experience for all stakeholders involved.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten
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This resource, produced by the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (co-authored by HFRP’s Christine Patton and M. Elena Lopez), discusses the importance of families’ support for their children’s learning and development as children transition to new environments. The resource positions the transition to kindergarten as a pivotal point for establishing the kinds of practices that can help sustain gains children have made in their early learning settings, and offers examples of successful program practices that Head Start and Early Head Start staff can use to help children and families with this transition.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Provider Set:
Harvard Family Research Project
Date Added:
11/07/2018
Family Reading Night - Facilitator's Guide
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In this facilitator’s guide, you will find:
-A comprehensive Read and Rise program overview.
-Helpful tips for planning your program.
-A list of program materials and resources.
-A step-by-step outline and talking points to help you conduct a successful program.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Scholastic
Date Added:
02/11/2019
First-Year Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers: The Challenge of Working With Parents
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The significance of relationships between the parents and teachers of preschool and kindergarten children is well established. Teachers and schools are presumed to be responsible for lack of parent-teacher collaboration. Early childhood teacher education programs recognize this and offer support related to parents and families.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Academic Development Institute
Author:
Sehba Mahmood
Date Added:
11/07/2018