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Caspe, Margaret; McWilliams, Lorette – Global Family Research Project, 2019
A lot has been written about the power of human-centered design (HCD) to solve educational challenges and promote innovation and improvement. A cyclical process consisting of three main phases--(1) observing and talking with users to create empathy and understanding; (2) brainstorming new ideas to meet the users' needs; and (3) prototyping and…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Educational Benefits
Smith, Jamie; Stark, Deborah Roderick – Global Family Research Project, 2019
Research clearly shows the lasting effects of early developmental experiences on children's later success and well-being; however, the early childhood field struggles to provide consistent high-quality care and education across a fragmented delivery system. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the programs for young children age 0-3. In 2013, the…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Family Involvement, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs
Caspe, Margaret; Atkin, Catherine; De Reyal, Laura; Hau, Isabelle; Keesey, Dorreen; Ligon, Nisha; Wilton, Katelin; Salinas, Steven – Global Family Research Project, 2019
Global Family Research Project joined with four other organizations as part of the LEGO Idea Conference to take an in-depth look at letting families guide the creation of programs and services that best meet their needs. This summary of the event session, held in Billund, Denmark, includes international examples of collaborating with families and…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Feedback (Response)
Caspe, Margaret; Lopez, M. Elena; Hanebutt, Rachel – Global Family Research Project, 2019
The field of family engagement is being revitalized. Professionals in schools, libraries, early childhood and afterschool programs, and other organizations are turning away from programs and practices designed for families without their valuable input. Instead, today's family engagement leaders are striving to include parents and other family…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Capacity Building, Cooperation, Organizational Change
Lopez, M. Elena; Jacobson, Linda; Caspe, Margaret; Hanebutt, Rachel – Global Family Research Project, 2019
In this policy brief, the authors examine and provide examples of the ways that public libraries have become invaluable partners in supporting family STEM learning. Although emerging research points to the strong influence of families on children's growth and development, a focus on joint parent and child STEM learning is still nascent. This brief…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Family Involvement, STEM Education, Family Influence
Global Family Research Project, 2018
Together with Teach to Lead, a project guided by teacher leaders at the U.S. Department of Education and ASCD, we took a look at the first-ever family engagement summit, which provided a structured model for actively engaging families alongside educators, administrators, and community partners. This report highlights the voices of summit…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Conferences (Gatherings), Partnerships in Education, Participative Decision Making
Lopez, M. Elena; Jacobson, Linda; Caspe, Margaret; Hanebutt, Rachel – Global Family Research Project, 2018
Family engagement is a shared responsibility among families, educators, and communities to support children's learning and development. For families, it is about the knowledge, attitudes, values, and behaviors that enable children to be motivated, enthusiastic, and successful learners. For libraries, this means having respectful partnerships with…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Libraries, Emergent Literacy, Literacy Education
Weiss, Heather B.; Lopez, M. Elena; Caspe, Margaret – Global Family Research Project, 2018
The paper begins with a challenge, namely: How do we work with families and communities to co-create the next generation of family and community engagement, providing equitable learning pathways--both in and out of school and from birth to young adulthood--that will enable all children to be successful in the 21st century? Exploring what it takes…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, School Community Relationship, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation
Global Family Research Project, 2018
This executive summary provides highlights from the report, "Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education." More than 50 years of research finds that family engagement is one of the most powerful predictors of children's development, educational attainment, and…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, School Community Relationship, Family Relationship, Parent Participation
Caspe, Margaret; Lopez, M. Elena – Global Family Research Project, 2017
Positive early-literacy experiences--whether at home, in early-childhood programs, schools, or libraries--set children on a trajectory to become confident readers by the time they reach third grade, which is an important milestone on the pathway toward high school graduation. This review outlines seven practices that research shows families use to…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Family Involvement, Best Practices, Literature Reviews
Global Family Research Project, 2017
Early math ability is one of the best predictors of children's later success in school. Because children's learning begins in the home, families are fundamental in shaping children's interest and skills in math. The experience of learning and doing math, however, looks different from the instruction that was offered when most adults were in…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Parents as Teachers, Early Childhood Education