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Mac Iver, Martha Abele; Sheldon, Steven; Epstein, Joyce; Rice, Eric; Mac Iver, Douglas; Simmons, Adie – School Community Journal, 2018
This case study focuses on one district's process of continuous improvement in family engagement. The improvement effort addresses the point at which family engagement tends to decline precipitously and students are particularly vulnerable--the transition into high school. In this article we analyze the implementation of a continuous improvement…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Family Involvement, Transitional Programs, High School Students
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Swick, Danielle; Powers, Joelle D. – School Community Journal, 2018
It is widely estimated that approximately 25% of school age youth face mental and behavioral health challenges. The vast majority of these youth are insufficiently treated, leaving them vulnerable to negative school outcomes such as attendance, behavioral, and academic problems. One common barrier to treatment is a lack of access to appropriate…
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, School Health Services, Access to Health Care, Barriers
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Murray, Mary; Munger, Mary Heather; Colwell, W. Bradley; Claussen, Alex J. – School Community Journal, 2018
School improvement efforts to increase student performance are sought by states throughout the nation. One Midwestern state implemented a statewide initiative to do just that. The purpose of the initiative was to improve instruction and learning for students with disabilities as well as other at-risk learners through a districtwide state…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Special Education, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
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Gonzalez, Laura M.; Villalba, José A. – School Community Journal, 2018
Parents have long served a crucial role in their children's postsecondary success through guidance and support. In an effort to help Latina/o parents in emerging immigrant communities overcome any limits to their knowledge around college-going practices, this study evaluates the feasibility and beginning efficacy of a parent-focused,…
Descriptors: Psychoeducational Methods, Parent Education, Parent Aspiration, Parent Role
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Mangram, Charmaine; Solis Metz, Maria Theresa – School Community Journal, 2018
Although the Common Core State Standards call on parents to support professional educators' efforts for improving student academic achievement, we have yet to examine how to best support parents in achieving this goal. The present study addresses this need by examining a five-month mathematics intervention which aimed to increase awareness of the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Intervention, Common Core State Standards, Parent Participation
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Yull, Denise; Wilson, Marguerite; Murray, Carla; Parham, Lawrence – School Community Journal, 2018
Parents' involvement in their children's education is widely understood as a key component of educational success. However, schools typically expect parents to engage with the school system in ways consistent with White, middle-class parenting and behavioral norms and in ways that are deferential to the school's agenda. In this article, we report…
Descriptors: Racial Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Mentors
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Wright, Kim B.; Shields, Samantha M.; Black, Katie; Waxman, Hersh C. – School Community Journal, 2018
This study's purpose was to determine if a teacher home visit program implemented by a Texas-based charter school system resulted in differences in K-12 students' classroom behavior, academic achievement, and parent involvement in school. Study findings indicate positive behavioral, academic, and parent involvement outcomes for students who…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Academic Achievement, Parent Participation, Charter Schools
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Bohanon, Hank; Wahnschaff, Ashley; Flaherty, Paul; Ferguson, Kelly – School Community Journal, 2018
This study analyzes the implementation of schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports (SWPBIS) for the staff of one middle school that implemented SWPBIS during a districtwide strike and school merger. The researchers developed a qualitative case study based on focus groups and interviews with the staff who remained at the school…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Systems Approach, Middle Schools, School Personnel
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London, Rebecca; Ingram, Dabney – School Community Journal, 2018
As a social species, humans have an inherent need to feel connected to others and to feel like we belong with others. Existing medical research demonstrates that social isolation--defined as the perceived absence of feeling socially connected--during childhood and adolescence has both concurrent and longterm negative mental and physical health…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Social Isolation, School Culture, Adolescents
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Park, Sira; Holloway, Susan – School Community Journal, 2018
Whereas the focus of most parental involvement research has been on examining its effects on student outcomes, the goal of our study was to explore the determinants of parental involvement. Drawing on a nationally representative dataset of families with a student in high school, we investigated a hypothesized model in which positive associations…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Adolescents, Institutional Characteristics
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Sukhbaatar, Batdulam – School Community Journal, 2018
This study used semi-structured interviews to examine 18 primary education preservice teachers' views on working with Mongolian parents across diverse family patterns, including: preservice teachers' understanding of parental involvement; parental involvement practices learned; their awareness of diverse family patterns; and the preservice…
Descriptors: Semi Structured Interviews, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Ratliffe, Katherine T.; Ponte, Eva – School Community Journal, 2018
Family-school partnerships have been shown to improve academic and social outcomes for children, yet there have been challenges in developing effective partnerships with diverse families. This phenomenological study examined perspectives of immigrant and local parents with regards to family-school partnerships in Hawai?i to provide insights…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Parent Attitudes, Phenomenology
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DeMatthews, David – School Community Journal, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the community-oriented school leadership practices of a school leader at an elementary school within a colonia in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Analysis of interviews and observations revealed how this school leader employed a broad range of practices, strategies, and approaches to develop deep…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Leadership, Social Capital
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Puccioni, Jaime – School Community Journal, 2018
Kindergarten teachers can support children's transition to school by reaching out to parents to encourage parent involvement. These outreach efforts, which are also commonly referred to as transition practices, have the potential to support children's transition to school. Scholars suggest that teachers' beliefs shape their practices. This article…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Biag, Manuelito – School Community Journal, 2017
There is growing recognition that the traditional research paradigm fails to address the needs of school practitioners. As such, more collaborative and participatory approaches are being encouraged. Yet few articles examine the structures, processes, and dynamics of research-practice partnerships. To address this gap, this essay analyzes a…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Cooperation, Colleges, School Districts
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