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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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Education World. Parent Involvement in Schools. Education World.

This resource lists practical ways in which schools are involving parents. Strategies for parental involvement that have been implemented with success by school administrators are shared: these include community brown bag lunches, community tutoring, and open house ideas.

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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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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.