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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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Ferlazzo, L. (2011). Involvement or Engagement?. ASCD.

To create the kinds of school-family partnerships that raise student achievement, improve local communities, and increase public support, educators need to understand the difference between family involvement and family engagement. This article discusses how to expand meaningful possibilities for partnerships with families.

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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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Duncan, A. (2009). Building Relationship & Partnership. Parental Involvement in Schools.

Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education, discusses ideas for making schools community-centered through partnering with non-profits and community organizations. Secretary Duncan argues that educators need to think creatively in how they use school space to incorporate 21st century family and student needs.

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Bryant, B. (2010). Effective Parent Engagement Strategies for Parent Involvement Coordinators. Georgia Department of Public Instruction.

This guide includes suggestions and strategies to provide parents with opportunities to influence school success. These strategies include building a parent resource center, communicating and scheduling events, providing support, enriching all aspects of children’s wellbeing, getting feedback, and promoting effective collaboration between school staff and parents.

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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.