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Rodríguez, R. G., López del Bosque, R., & Villarreal, A. (2008). Creating Culturally Responsive Parent Engagement. Intercultural Development Research Association.

Viewing parent involvement from a culturally responsive perspective, the article includes strategies to encourage educators to reflect on their practices to involve parents and make space for effective family engagement.

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 Edutopia. Community-Built School: Working Together to Make a Change. Edutopia.

This video describes the creation of an elementary school that is dependent on parents and a large number of volunteers. The principal led the process, based on her vision of in-depth community involvement that values diverse perspectives. The school is built on collaborative and cooperative learning.

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Johnson, J. (2011). What’s Trust Got to Do with It? A Communications and Engagement Guide for School Leaders Tackling the Problem of Persistently Failing Schools. Public Agenda.

This guide focuses on supporting family engagement in persistently failing schools. Eight ideas that can help leaders build trust and promote constructive dialogue are discussed.

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Maine State PIRC (2008). Ideas on Best Practices for Parent Involvement. Maine Parent Federation, Inc.

This list of best practices provides ideas for educators to encourage volunteering, communicate effectively, foster home learning practices, collaborate with the community, engage families in decision making, and support successful parenting. This is list is creative and refreshing with new ideas for every school.

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Anderson, J. A. et al. (2006). Increasing Parent Involvement in Education: A Resource Guide for South Carolina Communities. South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.

This resource provides the tools necessary to develop and implement a strategic plan to ensure continual improvement in family engagement. The Inventory of Present Practices might be of particular interest for school leaders. This inventory will help educators identify school’s present practices for each of the six types of involvement that create a comprehensive program of school, family, and community partnerships. A survey is also provided that could be given to families to identify ways to improve the school’s family collaboration.