Amatea, E. (2008). Building culturally-responsive family-school relationships. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Amatea, E., & West-Olatunji, C. (2007). Joining the conversation about educating our poorest children: New leadership roles for school counselors in high-poverty schools. Professional School Counseling, 11, 81-89.
Diaz-Greenberg, R. (2003). The emergence of voice in Latino high school students. New York: Peter Lang.
Epstein, J.L. (2001). School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools. Westview Press. Cumnor Hill, Oxford.
McCaleb, S. P. (1997). Building communities of learners: A collaboration among teachers, students, families, and community. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Trumbull, E., Rothstein-Fisch, C., Greenfield, P. M., & Quiroz, B. (2001). Bridging cultures between home and schools: A guide for teachers. Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Valdes, G. (1996). Con respeto: Bridging the distances between culturally diverse families and schools: An ethnographic portrait. New York: Teachers College Press.
This WestEd project was created to support teachers to use cultural knowledge to increase the educational success of their students. This involved a group of professional researchers collaborating with a group of teacher-researchers beginning an action research project to bridge the cultures of school and home for students in a majority Latino community.
This program at Yale University is a research-based, comprehensive K-12 education reform program grounded in the principles of child, adolescent, and adult development.
COPES, Inc. provides consultation, education and training services on youth and family strengthening programs that have demonstrated strong research results of increasing protective factors and personal and family behaviors. Ages 9-17.
Effective Teacher-Parent Communication
A collection of simple and practical "WHY and HOWs of effective teacher-parent communication," including suggestions for positive two-way communication.
Information brief summarizing current research on the benefits and effective practices of family and community partnerships with schools.
Archive of quarterly newsletter that share family involvement research and resources from the Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders.
The Teachervision website includes various resources that can be printed and used by educators. This resource is a letter that can be printed and sent home to parents and families to help teachers get to know their students better.
This John Hopkins University Center’s mission is to increase understanding of school, family, and community partnerships that help all children succeed in elementary through high school in rural, suburban, and urban areas. The Center does this though developing and disseminating research, programs, and policy analyses that produce new and useful knowledge and practices to help families, educators, and community members work together to improve schools, strengthen families, and enhance student learning and development.
This Clemson University center’s website contains links to resources, model programs, and webcasts related to family engagement.
The Nurturing Parenting Programs are validated, family-centered programs designed to build nurturing skills as alternatives to abusive parenting and child rearing attitudes and practices. Ages 1-18.
Research brief covering the definitions, benefits, and essential elements of family involvement programs.
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.
Article about working with students and families in poverty and what educators can do to transform their consciousness and practice to facilitate student achievement.
Resources and information on how to involve families in positive behavior intervention and support programs in schools.
American Student Achievement Institute: Student-led conferences provide an opportunity for students to talk with significant adults about their educational progress. This site includes resources, an introductory presentation, and examples of how schools are utilizing student-led conferences.
This training kit for early childhood educators profiles seven innovative classrooms in which teachers are helping children practice fairness, respect and tolerance. Working with families is a piece of this kit, called: Respecting All Families.
Lessons that can be used with K-5th graders to facilitate student discussion of their own and others’ families in safe, caring ways.
Information, resources, and activities for increasing family engagement in schools.
This research lab at Vanderbilt University is dedicated to investigating the collaborative relationships between families, schools, and children. The website contains links to sample reports to schools and other materials developed during their research efforts.
Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, The Indiana Partnerships Center works to empower parents about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to their children’s education by providing parent-focused workshops, providing education-related information and resource materials, and helping schools develop parent engagement strategies.
INSOURCE is a parent organization providing support services and educational resources to the community of individuals and organizations that serve and support persons with disabilities. INSOURCE has worked to help countless families confront the complexities and challenges of having a loved one with special needs.
The Institute for Family Development (IFD) provides a range of innovative and cost-effective in-home services to children and families. Ages 0-18.
Model of family engagement aimed at ending the cycle of blame between families and school staff by building trust and respect, instilling cultural competency, and increasing personal and professional capacity for all involved.
Center dedicated to supporting school, family, and community connections to increase student success. Website includes free downloadable materials for educators about family engagement and other relevant topics.