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Resources for Schools

Teachers, school administrators, and other school staff play a big role in determining children's school success. The following resources help summarize key factors for school success, how to strengthen parent school relationships, and more.

Parenting for School Success: A Guide for Parents — Provides busy parents with practical ideas that support school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting.

Take & Teach Lessons — These nine lessons help volunteers or professional educators facilitate discussions and activities with parents on how to better support their children's education.

Research on the Factors for School Success: Introduction — A summary of the empirical support for the six factors that emerged from a comprehensive literature review of the effect of family, school, and community influences on children's learning.

Inventory for Creating School-Family Connections (40 K PDF) — Inventory to look at the conditions that enhance productive school-family relationships: approach, attitude, atmosphere, and actions.

Nuts and Bolts of Communication with Parents and Families (52 K PDF) — Communication tips relating to attitudes, behaviors, and more.

Effective Communication (91 K PDF) — Lists guidelines and possible practices for school staff in effective communication.

Building Shared Responsibility for Educational Outcomes (51 K PDF) — Hints for how to turn common school events and activities, like back to school night, into a partnership building opportunity.

Practices that Promote Schools as Welcoming Activities (40 K PDF) — Summarizes at school efforts and family outreach efforts that can help create a welcoming environment for parents.

Four Models of Parent Involvement: Which One Represents Your School? (40 K PDF) — Reviews four models of parent involvement.

The “Eight P” Philosophy for Effective School-Parent Partnerships (88 K PDF) — These eight “P”s help build effective school-parent partnerships.

Ways to Engage the Uninvolved Parent (44 K PDF) — Suggestions for engaging parents from removing barriers, improving communication, and more.

Other Recommended Resources

Family Development Research — See more of our applied research and program evaluation projects.

Parent Teacher Conference Tips SheetsHarvard Family Research Project — Quick tips on parents teacher conferences. English | español

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