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ERIC Number: ED517975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Successful Family Engagement in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know and Be Able to Do to Engage Families in Raising Student Achievement
Spielberg, Lela
Harvard Family Research Project
There is widespread agreement that family engagement leads to increased student achievement, reduced drop-out rates, and a host of other positive outcomes for kids. Teachers are rarely trained or supported in engaging families, and, according to the 2005 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, find family engagement to be their biggest challenge. There is a growing need to provide concrete examples of teacher beliefs about and practices for engaging families that will contribute to their primary goal: helping students succeed. As a first step to meet this need, Flamboyan Foundation has reviewed the research and identified case examples of teachers who do an excellent job of engaging families in their children's learning. From this work emerged a classroom rubric that breaks family engagement into three interdependent pieces: (1) teacher beliefs and mindsets, (2) relationships and communication, and (3) investing families in student goals and helping them monitor progress and support learning. This rubric is intended to guide the work of the Flamboyan Foundation and other educational stakeholders in building the capacity of teachers for effective family engagement. This paper offers a number of ways in which the classroom rubric can support the work of the field. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project