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Last Updated: 04/12/2018


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Bridges4Kids LogoDownload Series: Building Stronger Relationships Between School Personnel and Families in Urban Communities
The National 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 urban communities.

Family members 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.


Current titles include:

  • 10 Things Any School Can Do to Build Parent Involvement...Plus 5 Great Ways to Fail!

  • About the Difference Between "Parent Involvement" and "Family-Community Linkages"

  • About Families 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 Program

  • What We Mean by "Family and Community Connections with Schools"

Free, 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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