A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement -- a 2002 report by Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp, two experts on school-family-community partnerships.
Center On School, Family, and Community Partnerships -- the website of a major research and policy center on -- the Director is Joyce Epstein, one of the nation's leading experts and authors on this topic.
Comer School Development Program -- started by Yale professor of child psychiatry, Dr. James Comer, this nationally recognized program helps schools develop strong bonds with parents and community that translate into significant academic performance gains -- Dr. Comer started with one school in a poor neighborhood in New Haven, CT and has built a national model for school reform that works.
Promising Partnership Practices -- a collection of reports by the Center On School, Family, and Community Partnerships, for years 1998 through 2005, about effective practices related to building school, family, community partnerships.
Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) -- an empowering and culturally responsive program, associated with the Center On School, Family, and Community Partnerships, -- this site includes specific lesson plan ideas for different subjects
Citizens Academy Parent Engagement Program -- a short video about an effective parent engagement program developed and used in a successful charter school in Cleveland, OH. -- "Parent engagement is critical to student success. Learn how one of Ohio's most successful schools uses home visits and other innovations to drive parent involvement in meeting their students' needs."
Eight Lessons of Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in the Middle Grades -- an article focusing on the middle school age group specifically that describes the eight main findings of research conducted about family and community involvement in the education of these students.
Making Family and Community Connections -- a website that explains how to create partnerships among schools, parents, and members of the local community.
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education -- a website with information on how to build family-school partnerships.
Critical Issue: Supporting Ways Parents Can Become Involved In Schools -- good ideas from a number of experts.
Creating the School Climate and Structures to Support Parent and Family Involvement -- an essay about what schools can and should do to create an environment conducive to effective parent/family involvement.
Constructing School Partnerships with Families and Community Groups -- what schools should do to promote effective school-family-community partnerships.
Parent Involvement in After-School Programs -- an article from the U.S. Dept. of Education about how to implement an afterschool program with parental involvement and the benefits of such a program.
Parent Involvement at the Middle School Level -- an article that talks about middle schoolers and why it is especially important for parents to be involved during the middle school years.
The Harvard Family Research Project -- a project founded on the belief that "for children and youth to be successful, there must be an array of learning supports around them. These supports, which must reach beyond school, should be linked and work toward consistent learning and developmental outcomes for children from birth through adolescence. Examples of nonschool learning supports include early childhood programs, families, after school programs, libraries, and other community-based institutions."
Parents Write their Worlds: A Parent Involvement Program Bridging Urban Schools and Families -- a description of an interesting project in which parents participate in a program writing and publishing essays and stories about thier lives and experiences living in poor and immigrant communities in Chicago, Illinois -- the program improves parent writing skills and their participation in the educational and school lives of their children.
The Family-School Partnerships Project -- part of the Harvard Family Research Project's work to improve school-famiily-community connections.
Creating Effective Teacher-Parent Collaborations -- a site presenting tips for building positive relations with parents as well as links to other good parent-teacher sites.
Learn and Service Clearinghouse -- the official website for the hands-on teaching and learning strategy called service-learning.