Series: Building Stronger Relationships Between School Personnel
and Families in Urban Communities
Institute for Urban School Improvement
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The National Institute for Urban School Improvement is pleased
to announce a new series of publications focused on building
stronger relationships between school personnel and families in
play significant roles in the education of children and youth.
When family members talk to their children about schooling,
participate with school personnel, and support their children's
efforts, those students achieve more, attend more regularly, and
are more motivated and engaged as learners. At the same time,
many urban schools struggle to get parents to come to meetings
and events. Schools may be unwelcoming and/or intimidating to
some parents, especially those whose primary language is other
than English, who are working hard to raise their income level
out of poverty, or who may feel shy about developing
relationships with teachers. Building the capacity of urban
schools to address these and other issues in an effort to
improve the connections between families and school personnel is
an important aspect of the National Institute's agenda.
The Family-School Linkages Project of the National Institute has
released the "Did You Know?" series, which includes brief,
research-based summaries that are designed to improve the
communication, linkages, and relations between school personnel
and the families of their students.
10 Things Any
School Can Do to Build Parent Involvement...Plus 5 Great Ways to
Difference Between "Parent Involvement" and "Family-Community
and Schools as Partners
About a Recent
Review of Research on Family-School Linkages
About the Role
of "Cultural Capital" for Families
What High School
Students Think About Their Families Being Involved in School
What Parents of
Kids with Special Needs Think About Their Child's Educational
What We Mean by
"Family and Community Connections with Schools"
downloadable copies of the publications in the "Did You Know?"
series are available on the National Institute's Web site at
Spanish versions of these publications will soon be available.
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