Here is a brief summary of some important developments in the Partnering for School Success project.
2000 — Sandra Christenson, Ph.D., professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, performs a literature review and identifies six factors (expectations, structure, learning, support, relationships, and modeling) for school success.
2000 — A University of Minnesota team develops Learning from You: All Parents Are Teachers parent handbook based on Dr. Christenson’s research.
2006 — An increase in reports that show that students of color are not doing well academically. (For a summary, see Why Is this Program Important?) The project team conducts three focus groups to determine the validity and usability of Dr. Christenson’s updated research across cultures.
2007 — The project receives multi-year funding from McKnight Foundation to conduct a series of culturally-specific focus groups and develop appropriate educational resources to encourage school success. The project is named Partnering for School Success.
2007-2008 — Focus groups are conducted with Latino and African American cultural groups, as well as with agencies who serve Latino or African American cultural groups. (For a summary, see Latino Focus Group Findings.)
2008 — The project team and Latino cultural guides analyzed the Latino focus group data and determined that the six factors identified in Dr. Christenson’s research are indeed applicable to the Latino community. In addition, Latino families identified three additional elements that that they need to know in order for their children to succeed in school: how to navigate the school system, how to help their children graduate from high school and seek higher education, and how to achieve self-efficacy.
2008 — The original parent handbook is revised into a new publication, Parenting for School Success: A Guide for Parents, based on the new research.
2008 — The Latino project team develops teaching resources to facilitate a seven class series in Spanish to Latino parents. Education: Our Best Legacy for Latino Families becomes the program name, based on Latino parent feedback. (For more on the development of the Education: Our Best Legacy program, see More About the Project.)
2009-2013 — The complete Education: Our Best Legacy for Latino Families program is piloted in Spanish five times.
2009 — The Family School Partnership facilitated dialogue was developed and presented in 10 schools.
2009 — Focus groups were conducted with Somali and Hmong cultural groups.
2010 — Focus groups were conducted with the American Indian cultural group.
2012 — The University of Minnesota receives five years (2012-2017) of federal funding from Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) for further development of the Education: Our Best Legacy program and larger PSS project.
2013 — Education: Our Best Legacy Educational Package for Latino Families is reviewed by external reviewers.
2014 — Partnering for School Success Take and Teach Lessons are developed and distributed in English and Spanish.
2016 — The School Success website is launched for families and professionals, as a companion to the Partnering for School Success and Education: Our Best Legacy resources.
2016 — A non-culturally-specific version of the complete educational package is created for use with mixed or non-Latino groups of families. It is named Education: Our Best Legacy.
2016 — Education: Our Best Legacy Educational Package for Latino Families (both in Spanish and English) is finalized and distributed.
2016-2017 — Education: Our Best Legacy is piloted with mixed or non-Latino groups of families and finalized.
2016 — Education: Our Best Legacy for Hmong Families is drafted.
2017 — Education: Our Best Legacy Educational Package is distributed.
2017 — The Education: Our Best Legacy for Hmong Families is piloted and finalized.
2018 — The Education: Our Best Legacy Educational Package for Hmong Families is distributed. (This is the anticipated completion date.)
More About the Project — Learn about the focus groups research with different cultural groups, and the development of the Partnering for School Success project.
Education: Our Best Legacy — Explore the school success program intended to be delivered by Spanish-speaking educators to Latino parents or caregivers with middle school-aged children.