The PowerPoint from a presentation on engaging families and the local community at The University of Newcastle's Teachers' Visit Day .
"Research shows that strong partnerships between schools, parents, businesses and the local community organisations can make a significant difference to educational and social outcomes for students. Community engagement is a two way process that involves more active participation than simply inviting parents to the school.
Drawing on the work of the Family Action Centre and the experience of participants, this interactive workshop will explore practical strategies for engaging families and the local community in your school. We will investigate some of the challenges and potential benefits of active community engagement, ways of identifying and mobilising family and community resources, as well as examples of successful community partnerships and potential funding sources."
I've also written a blog post on making parents welcome at school available from http://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/welcoming-parents-in-schools/.