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Redding, Sam, Ed.; Murphy, Marilyn, Ed.; Sheley, Pam, Ed. – Academic Development Institute, 2011
This "Handbook" offers a broad definition of family and community engagement, seen through the lens of scholars and practitioners with a wide-ranging set of perspectives on why and how families, communities, and schools collaborate with one another. Taken together, the chapters in this "Handbook" sketch out the components of a…
Descriptors: Guides, Family Involvement, Community Involvement, Family School Relationship
Weiss, Heather Bastow, Ed.; Kreider, Holly Marie, Ed.; Lopez, M. Elena, Ed.; Chatman, Celina M., Ed. – SAGE Publications (CA), 2005
Family involvement in children's education is widely considered critical to student achievement. Yet teachers and other education professionals often feel unprepared to engage families in children's learning. The goal of Preparing Educators to Involve Families is to help prepare teachers and other professionals to partner effectively with the…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Systems Approach, Cultural Differences
Bouffard, Suzanne, Ed; Weiss, Abby; DeDeo, Carrie-Anne, Ed. – Harvard Family Research Project, 2008
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…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Program Evaluation, College Preparation, Early Childhood Education
Somekh, Bridget, Ed.; Lewin, Cathy, Ed. – SAGE Publications (UK), 2005
This book is intended as a resource and an indispensable companion to welcome educators into the community of social science research. While it is recognized that some methodological frameworks are incompatible with others, the overarching premise of the book is to indicate how a wide range of researchers choose a methodology and methods which are…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Ethnography, Ethics
Weisner, Thomas S., Ed. – University of Chicago Press, 2005
"Discovering Successful Pathways in Children's Development" provides a new perspective on the study of childhood and family life. Successful development is enhanced when communities provide meaningful life pathways that children can seek out and engage. Successful pathways include both a culturally valued direction for development and competence…
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Family Life, Qualitative Research
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Kreider, Holly; Raghupathy, Shobana – School Community Journal, 2010
Research has shown that engaging families through youth development and after-school programs may benefit children. This paper extends knowledge in this arena, describing a set of strategies for implementing family-strengthening activities in youth development settings. The paper reports findings from a pilot evaluation of the Boys & Girls Clubs…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Family Programs, After School Programs, Parents
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Cunningham, Shayna D.; Kreider, Holly; Ocon, Jenny – School Community Journal, 2012
This article investigates the influence of Parent Services Project's Vision and Voice Family Leadership Institute (VVFLI; formerly known as Parent Leadership Institute) on parent leadership capacity and action. Pre- and post-test data were collected from new VVFLI attendees during their first (N = 83) and last (N = 85) session, respectively.…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Leadership Training, Parent School Relationship, Communication Skills
Kreider, Holly – 2002
This research brief presents preliminary evidence that family involvement in young children's education may contribute to a smooth transition to elementary school not only for children, but also for parents, by helping to prepare them for later involvement in their children's learning. The brief draws from the literature on transition, recent…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Literature Reviews, Parent Participation
Kreider, Holly; Caspe, Margaret; Kennedy, Susan; Weiss, Heather – Harvard Family Research Project, 2007
This research brief summarizes the latest evidence base on effective family involvement in middle and high school. As the third and final report in a series on how family involvement matters across the developmental continuum, this brief synthesizes research studies that link family involvement in middle and high school to youth's academic and…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Middle School Students, High School Students, Adolescents
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Lopez, M. Elena; Kreider, Holly; Coffman, Julia – Urban Education, 2005
Although a substantial literature examines the outcomes of family involvement in education, and the family and school characteristics that support or deter such involvement, we know little about the role of national nonprofit intermediary organizations in family educational involvement. This article argues that intermediary organizations play a…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Family Involvement, Institutional Characteristics, School Role
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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
Kakli, Zenub; Kreider, Holly; Little, Priscilla; Buck, Tania; Coffey, Maryellen – Harvard Family Research Project, 2006
Children benefit when their parents or caregivers are actively involved in their out-of-school learning. Yet a new report by the Harvard Family Research Project and United Way of Massachusetts Bay finds that only a quarter of programs surveyed had effectively incorporated families. This guide, funded by the Wallace Foundation under its Parents and…
Descriptors: Caregivers, Research Projects, Needs Assessment, After School Programs
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Simpkins, Sandra D.; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Dearing, Eric; Kreider, Holly; Wimer, Chris; Caronongan, Pia; Weiss, Heather B. – Journal of Research on Adolescence, 2009
In this study, we identified unique clusters of parenting behaviors based on parents' school involvement, community involvement, rule-setting, and cognitive stimulation with data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics-Child Development Supplement. In early (n = 668) and middle adolescence (n = 634), parents who provided high cognitive stimulation…
Descriptors: Family Income, Adolescents, Child Development, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Dearing, Eric; Wimer, Christopher; Simpkins, Sandra D.; Lund, Terese; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Caronongan, Pia; Kreider, Holly; Weiss, Heather – Developmental Psychology, 2009
In this study, children's participation (N = 1,420) in activities outside of elementary school was examined as a function of disparities in family income using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Child Development Supplement. Children's neighborhood and home environments were investigated as mechanisms linking income disparities and…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Family Income, Effect Size, Child Development
Weiss, Heather B.; Faughnan, Kelly; Caspe, Margaret; Wolos, Cassandra; Lopez, M. Elena; Kreider, Holly – Harvard Family Research Project, 2005
This resource guide contains annotated Web links to recent (published in and after 2000) research, information, and tools about family involvement. Family involvement involves a broad range of constructs and this is reflected in the guide, which covers resources about parenting practices to support children's learning and development, home-school…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Academic Achievement, Literacy Education, Leadership
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