ERIC Number: EJ1111063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Strengthening Relationships with Families in the School Community: Do School Leaders Make a Difference?
Quezada, Maria S.
Voices in Urban Education, n44 p23-32 2016
Many family engagement programs logically focus on providing training and support for parent leaders, giving them the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively partner with schools. Even with comprehensive parent leadership training, sustainable family engagement initiatives cannot truly take hold without buy-in, shared understanding, and a structure for parent engagement at the school level. School principals can play a key role in family engagement by believing in the leadership capacity of parents and viewing families as partners in their school community. This article discusses how the recipients of an Investing in Innovation (i3) Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education created the i3 Project 2INSPIRE Family, School & Community Engagement Program. The new program, which involves ten schools at three districts in southern California, offers professional development for school leaders, teachers, office support staff, and parents. As a result of the program, vital relationships between teachers, office staff, and parents have formed. The i3 Project 2INSPIRE schools are working with families to forge those important relationships and partnerships needed for school and student success.
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Parent Education, Leadership Training, Grants, Federal Aid, Professional Development, Barriers, English Language Learners, Surveys, Attitude Measures, Program Effectiveness, Principals, Role, Parent Participation
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail: AISR_info@brown.edu; Web site: http://www.annenberginstitute.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
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