ERIC Number: ED501338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
The Evaluation Exchange. Volume 14, Numbers 1-2 Spring 2008
Bouffard, Suzanne, Ed; Weiss, Abby; DeDeo, Carrie-Anne, Ed.
Harvard Family Research Project
This issue of "The Evaluation Exchange" spotlights one of the central components of complementary learning: family involvement. There are 28 articles herein: (1) "Thinking Big: A New Framework for Family Involvement Policy, Practice, and Research" (Suzanne Bouffard and Heather Weiss) reframes family involvement as part of a broader complementary learning approach to promoting children's success in education and in life. (2) In the "Ask the Expert" section, HFRP talks with five leaders in the family involvement arena about the current state of the field and promising areas for its future. (3) "Promoting Parent-School Relationships During the Transition to Kindergarten" (Amy Schulting) explores the role of teacher outreach to families during the transition to kindergarten. (4) "Local School Councils and Parent Involvement in Chicago" (Melissa Marschall) examines Latino parents' participation in school governance, underscoring this issue's theme of the importance of co-constructing family involvement. (5) "Implementing Family and Community Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges in Boston Public Schools" (Abby Weiss and Helen Westmoreland) looks at the lessons learned from the evolution of Boston Public Schools' family and community engagement strategy. (6) "Supporting Family Engagement Through District-Level Partnerships" (Mavis Sanders) examines how school districts can promote family-school partnerships by collaborating with community-based organizations. (7) "Whole Children, Whole Families, Whole Communities" (Jonathan Zaff and Danielle Butler) looks at how winners of the 100 Best Communities for Young People employ family involvement strategies. (8) "After School Programs as an Oasis of Hope for Black Parents" (Gerard Robinson) discusses how and why low-income and working-class Black parents are involved in enrolling their children in after school programs. (9) "A City-Wide Effort to Support and Involve Families" (Brenda Miller and Ginger Peacock Preston) describes how the city of Jacksonville, Florida, is integrating family involvement into a system of care for children and families. (10) "Empowering Parents to Improve Education: Evidence from Rural Mexico" (Paul Gertler, Harry Patrinos, and Marta Rubio-Codina) summarize a study on the outcomes associated with a school-based management intervention in Mexico. (11) "Getting Serious About Excellence With Equity" (Ronald Ferguson) proposes that parents must be part of a broader movement for excellence with equity. (12) "Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools" (Helen Westmoreland)reviews "Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools" by Rudy Crew. (13) "A Conversation with Rudy Crew." (14) "A Strategic Evaluation Approach for the Parental Information and Resource Centers" (Helen Westmoreland and Suzanne Bouffard) describes the evolving evaluation strategy for the national Parental Information and Resource Centers program, the program's potential to build the family involvement field, and the role of the National PIRC Coordination Center. (15) "The Indiana State PIRC's Collaborative Evaluation Process" (Jerrell Cassady and Jackie Garvey) illustrates how an ongoing, collaborative process between director and evaluator has informed and improved the Indiana State PIRC's programs to support family involvement. (16) "Building Family Involvement Through a Targeted District Approach" (Marianne Kirner and Matt Storeygard) explains how the Connecticut State PIRC is implementing and evaluating an effort to promote family involvement at the school district level. (17) "Reaching More Parents Through a Complementary Learning Approach" (Lisa St. Clair and Barbara Jackson) describes how the Nebraska State PIRC connects with 21st Century Community Learning Centers to foster family involvement. (18) "Strengthening Family Ties" (Sharon Hemphill and Holly Kreider) describes how the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is implementing and evaluating an initiative that goes "beyond the walls" to support families in order to promote children's success. (19) "Parents as Educational Leaders" (Bruce Wilson and Dick Corbett) describes an evaluation of Kentucky's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. (20) "Developing a Parent-Derived Measure of Latino Family Involvement" (Christine McWayne and Gigliana Melzi) discuss the authors' investigation of Latino family involvement in early childhood education. (21) "Measuring the Implementation and Impact of the Kentucky Family Resource Centers" (John Kalafat) describes how the author and his colleagues used Innovative Configuration Analysis to evaluate a statewide family resource initiative's implementation and impact. (22) "Overcoming Practical Obstacles to Meaningful Program Evaluation: The Booklet Approach" (Steven Harvey and Gregory Wood) describes how the authors created a methodology to capture data across a series of parenting workshops. (23) "Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analyses of Family Involvement Initiatives" (Brian Yates) explains the value of both cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses in promoting investments in family involvement. (24) "Standards for Success: Linking Families, Schools and Communities to Support Student Achievement" (Sheri DeBoe Johnson) discusses the PTA's newly revised National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. (25) "Beyond the Bake Sale: How School Districts Can Promote Family Involvement" is an article that was adapted from Chapter 9, "Scaling Up: Why Can't All Schools in a District Create Strong Partnerships With Families?" of "Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships" by Anne Henderson, Karen Mapp, Vivian Johnson, and Don Davies. (26) "A Collaborative Approach to Parent Outreach" (Amy Aparicio Clark and Amanda Dorris) describes how the PALMS Project supports educators' efforts to engage Latino parents in college preparation and enrollment. (27) In "The Best Dissertation I Never Wrote," HFRP asked leading family involvement researchers about the most important research questions facing the field today and in the future. (28) In "Seven Takeaways About the Future of Family Involvement," HFRP summarizes key observations raised in this issue of The Evaluation Exchange. Based on findings from research and evaluation, these themes highlight what the field needs to know and do to move family involvement forward in policy and practice.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Program Evaluation, College Preparation, Early Childhood Education, National Standards, Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Academic Achievement, School Based Management, Governance, Parent School Relationship, Hispanic Americans
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.