National PTA, Harvard Family Research Project Release Brief on Best Practices for School Districts to Promote Family Engagement

Features six case studies and innovative strategies

CHICAGO (July 23, 2009) – Today, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) released an issue brief, called Seeing is Believing: Promising Practices for How School Districts Promote Family Engagement, that highlights innovative strategies in engaging families.


Why:                           Even though it is clear that family engagement makes a difference, less well understood is the role of school districts in promoting this engagement.  The brief describes how districts build systemic family engagement as a core education reform strategy and includes a set of policy recommendations to help support this important work.


Features:                     The brief cites case studies from across the country that reveal innovative components which show how parents, educators, and administrators share responsibility for family engagement resulting in student success.


Download:                  http://pta.org/3331.htm




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Media Contacts:        James Martinez, National PTA, Media Relations Manager; email: jmartinez@pta.org; phone: 312-670-6782, ext. 325.


Marcella Franck, HFRP, Publications and Communications Manager; email: marcellla_franck@harvard.edu; phone: 617-495-9108.


About National PTA
PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education health, and welfare of children and youth.

501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who is concerned about the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.


About Harvard Family Research Project

Since 1983, Harvard Family Research Project has helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities.  We work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education.  Underpinning all of our work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.

Building on our knowledge that schools cannot do it alone, we also focus national attention on complementary learning. Complementary learning is the idea that a systemic approach, which integrates school and nonschool supports, can better ensure that all children have the skills they need to succeed.



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