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Tang, Sandra; Dearing, Eric; Weiss, Heather B. – Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2012
For a sample of low-income, Spanish-speaking Mexican-American families (n = 72), we investigated associations between family involvement in school-based activities and children's literacy in their preferred language (English or Spanish) during early elementary school. We gave special attention to the potential moderating role of teacher fluency in…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Emergent Literacy, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
Weiss, Heather B. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2006
This issue brief looks at evaluations of 34 academically focused summer programs in order to distill challenges and compile promising strategies for creating quality summer programs. While many summer programs face similar implementation challenges, each program has different components and needs, and not every strategy is feasible or even…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Program Evaluation, Program Development, Personnel Selection
Weiss, Heather B.; Lopez, M. Elena; Stark, Deborah R. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2011
This brief describes how investments in student data systems are taking family engagement and student achievement to a whole new level. In addition to addressing areas where a student most needs improvement, the data can serve as a catalyst for home-school communication. Parents benefit from having information about key indicators on which they…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Student Records, Management Information Systems, Information Systems
Caspe, Margaret; Lopez, M. Elena; Chu, Ashley; Weiss, Heather B. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2011
Since the 1997 publication of "New Skills for New Schools" by Harvard Family Research Project, the education reform landscape has changed dramatically, making it necessary to align teacher preparation and professional learning for family engagement with the goals of a twenty-first century education. Harvard Family Research Project is currently…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Educational Change, Best Practices, Educational Practices
Caspe, Margaret; Lopez, M. Elena; Chu, Ashley; Weiss, Heather B. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2011
To be effective, teachers must be prepared to collaborate with families to support student success. Many studies confirm that strong parent-teacher relationships relate to positive student outcomes, such as healthy social development, high student achievement, and high rates of college enrollment. Thus, by giving teachers the support they need to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Academic Achievement, Case Studies
Weiss, Heather B. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2005
The national conversation about how to better educate our children, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, has shifted and is reaching a tipping point. The debate is no longer defined by the view that learning happens only in schools. Rather, reinforced by many years of research, it has advanced toward the realization that from…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Museums, Educational Change
Weiss, Heather B.; Little, Priscilla M. D. – Wallace Foundation, 2008
Heather B. Weiss and Priscilla D. Little of the Harvard Family Research Project suggest seven possible approaches to strengthening OST (Out-of-School) organizations, including methods to ensure that OST providers become stronger partners with other groups and more adept advocates for their field. Strategies discussed include: (1) Cultivate…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Nonprofit Organizations, Philanthropic Foundations, Educational Opportunities
Weiss, Heather B.; Lopez, M. Elena; Rosenberg, Heidi – Harvard Family Research Project, 2010
The policy forum brought to the center what is now on the periphery of education reform: family, school, and community engagement (FSCE) as a strategy to support student success. The forum sought to serve as a catalyst for reframing what FSCE should look like in the twenty--first century, and for repositioning this engagement as a major…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Participation, Family Role
Little, Priscilla M. D.; Wimer, Christopher; Weiss, Heather B. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2008
This research brief draws on seminal research and evaluation studies to address two primary questions: (a) Does participation in after school programs make a difference, and, if so (b) what conditions appear to be necessary to achieve positive results? The brief concludes with a set of questions to spur conversation about the evolving role of…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Research, Program Effectiveness, Extracurricular Activities
Deschenes, Sarah N.; Arbreton, Amy; Little, Priscilla M.; Herrera, Carla; Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Weiss, Heather B. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2010
Out-of-school time (OST) programs represent a vital opportunity and resource for learning and development for children and youth. Given the potential of city-level OST initiatives to support participation, and against the national backdrop of inequitable access to quality OST programs for older youth from disadvantaged communities, The Wallace…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, After School Programs, Youth Programs, Child Development
Weiss, Heather B.; Little, Priscilla M. D.; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Deschenes, Sarah N.; Malone, Helen Janc – Harvard Family Research Project, 2009
This report makes a research-based case for federal provision of out-of-school complementary learning supports from birth through high school, particularly for poor children, so that all students gain the skills that economists, educators, and employers agree are necessary for success in the 21st century. Four decades of consistent research…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Government Role, After School Programs, Summer Programs
Weiss, Heather B.; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Bridglall, Beatrice L.; Gordon, Edmund W. – Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2009
One of the most powerful but neglected supports for children's learning and development is family involvement both in and out of school. Over 40 years of steadily accumulating evidence show that family involvement is one of the strongest predictors of children's school success, and that families play pivotal roles in their children's cognitive,…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Low Income, Economically Disadvantaged, Parent Participation
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Dearing, Eric; Kreider, Holly; Simpkins, Sandra; Weiss, Heather B. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2006
Longitudinal data from kindergarten to 5th grade on both family involvement in school and children's literacy performance were examined for an ethnically diverse, low-income sample (N = 281). Within families, increased school involvement predicted improved child literacy. In addition, although there was an achievement gap in average literacy…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Literacy, Academic Achievement, Longitudinal Studies
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Wimer, Christopher; Simpkins, Sandra D.; Dearing, Eric; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Caronongan, Pia; Weiss, Heather B. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2008
Youth out-of-school time (OST) programs and activities can provide developmental benefits for participating youth. Yet little research has examined the contextual predictors of youth OST participation. To address this issue, we examined a collection of child-, family-, school-, and neighborhood-level characteristics as predictors of OST…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Income, Family Characteristics, Low Achievement
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Weiss, Heather B.; Little, Priscilla M. D.; Bouffard, Suzanne M. – New Directions for Youth Development, 2005
The research and evaluation evidence is mounting: out-of-school-time (OST) programs can keep young people safe, support working families, and improve academic achievement and the civic and social development of young people. Indeed, according to recent polling data, 6.5 million children are enrolled in after-school programs nationwide and…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Participation, Influences, Youth Programs
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