Families & Communities

Resources for Families

Schools, families and communities working together have the capacity to craft and carry out effective solutions that will make a difference for students. It’s important to know how your neighborhood public schools are doing in order to focus your actions to have the most impact. There are several ways to do this. You can research information online (see below). You can enlist a volunteer or workgroup in your community to gather data or hire a consultant.

Few people question the value of parents being involved in schools. But many school leaders labor with traditional strategies that have little meaning or success. The underlying assumptions we have about our students have a dramatic effect on our ability to teach. The same holds true among adults. Even with the best of intentions, educators struggle to work with families without realizing that their own deficit assumptions are creating the barriers.

We chose to champion and speak for the inclusive, nondiscriminatory idea that all families are inherently good and worthy of being treated with respect, dignity and value (including those who are economically disadvantaged, minority or speak a language other than English)

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How is Your School Doing

Schools, families and communities working together have the capacity to craft and carry out effective solutions that will make a difference for students. It’s important to know how your neighborhood public schools are doing in order to focus your actions...

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How the School Should Treat You

As a parent, you have a powerful role to play in your child’s education. You are the expert on your child. And as your child’s first teacher, teachers and others at the school need to recognize how important you are...

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Como la Escuela Debe Tratarte

Como padre, su participación en la educación de sus hijos es de gran importancia.  Esta participación tiene mucho poder y se valoriza mucho.  Como padre, usted es considerado experto referente a sus hijos.  Ustedes son los primeros maestros de sus...

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Actions Families Can Take

By working together with parents, neighbors, students and your school, you can make a difference in strengthening school holding power. The strength of neighborhood public schools and the community is intertwined. Strong schools value their students and the involvement of...

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College Preparation for all Students

  Clearly, our nation needs many more students to attend college and graduate, but several things are getting in the way, particularly students who are minority or economically disadvantaged. Among those who do get in, many are unable to finish....

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