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ERIC Number: ED520010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching the Teachers: Preparing Educators to Engage Families for Student Achievement. Issue Brief
Caspe, Margaret; Lopez, M. Elena; Chu, Ashley; Weiss, Heather B.
Harvard Family Research Project
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 work with families, teacher education programs can have an even greater impact on student achievement. For this reason, some institutions of higher education are already taking innovative steps to prepare teachers to work with families through coursework and hands-on experience in schools during preservice and into their early years of teaching. "Teaching the Teachers" highlights those promising strategies through five case studies, and examines how teacher education programs can create the foundation for meaningful and effective family engagement. This brief describes five core elements necessary for a system of teacher training and professional development in support of family engagement, distilled from the case studies of existing teacher preparation programs. The brief also addresses the policies needed to support this type of teacher preparation system. The five core elements in the system are: (1) Standards for family engagement; (2) Curriculum that advances the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that teachers need to engage families; (3) Collaborations among various stakeholders; (4) Continuing professional development around family engagement; and (5) Evaluation for learning and continuous improvement. (Contains 35 endnotes.)
Harvard Family Research Project. Harvard University, 3 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-495-9108; Fax: 617-495-8594; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project
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