By Jean Johnson with Jon Rochkind, Michael Remaley, and Jeremiah Hess

2011 Public Agenda


This is an article discussing the challenges persistently low achieving schools face in their efforts to communicate and engage with their communities. It provides a discussion of the issue as well as eight strategies that can help leaders build trust and promote more constructive dialogue

By: Cori Brewster and Jennifer Railsback

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This article examines issues of trust between the school and diverse families. It discusses trust, culture, and family involvement in detail, offers connections to relevant research, and discusses common challenges between schools and their communities. There are also some school case study profiles and tips for how to reach out to diverse families.


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Britt, M. & Raine, E. (N.D.) Clarence Edwards Middle School: Success Through Transformation. Massachusetts 2020 & the National Center on Time and Learning.

This case study sheds light on how one struggling school that was labeled a failing school became on of the best performing schools in Massachusetts.  Teachers, union leaders, community members, administrators, and parents worked together to change the length of the school day to meet student needs.


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Ferlazzo, L. (2012). Response: Ways To Build Trust Between Parents & Teachers — Part One. Education Week.

This blog includes a number of suggestions and ideas for encouraging parents to contribute to their children’s education. Strategies are discussed to build trust, communicate effectively, implement home visits, and create shared goals.

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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.