Build school, family, and community partnerships with research-based practices

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When schools establish effective partnerships with families and the community, both students and teachers benefit. Discover the partnership practices that tie family, school, and community partnerships to school improvement goals and student achievement.

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Build school, family, and community partnerships with research-based practices

  1. 1. TitleBodyForge strong familyand communitypartnershipsSource
  2. 2. Strong partnershipsbenefit studentsStudents whose families are involved in theirlearning:• Earn better grades• Enroll in higher-level programs• Have higher graduation rates• Are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education• Display more positive attitudes toward school• Behave better in and out of schoolSource: von Frank, V. (2012, Summer). Research-based practices forge strongfamily and community partnerships. Tools for Learning Schools. Oxford, OH: LearningForward.
  3. 3. Engagement & teachersatisfactionTeachers in schools with high parentengagement are more than twice as likely asthose in schools with low parent engagementto say they are very satisfied with their job(57% vs. 25%).Source: MetLife. (2011). MetLife survey of the Americanteacher: Teachers, parents and the economy. New York: Author.Available at www.metlife.com/teachersurvey.
  4. 4. Not just anotherfamily night• Use partnership practices that tie to school improvement goals• Base programs on what research has shown to be effective• Use partner work and time to help students do their best academically or behaviorally• Learn to plan goal-linked activities that are tied to student learningSource: von Frank, V. (2012, Summer). Research-based practices forge strongfamily and community partnerships. Tools for Learning Schools. Oxford, OH: LearningForward.
  5. 5. Eight elements makeeffective partnerships• Leadership• Teamwork• Written plans• Implementation• Evaluation• Collegial support• Adequate budget• NetworkingSource: von Frank, V. (2012, Summer). Research-based practices forge strongfamily and community partnerships. Tools for Learning Schools. Oxford, OH: LearningForward.
  6. 6. Download the article andaccompanying toolsRead the full article, published in Tools leArNiNg schools for Inside • An inventory of present practices of school, family, and community partnerships, pp. 4-6 • 8 elements make effective family and community partnerships, p. 7 Summer 2012 Vol. 15, No. 4 eVery educAtor eNgAges iN effectiVe professioNAl leArNiNg eVery dAy so eVery studeNt AchieVesTools for Learning Schools (Summer, Research-based practices forge strong family and community partnerships By Valerie von Frank W hen schools more optimistic about children’s have effec- future success. In addition, par- tive part- ents in schools that work actively2012). nerships to engage them in partnership with fami- are more optimistic about their lies and the community, both children’s futures and view other students and teachers benefit. parents and school staff as valu- Research increasingly is able resources, including parents finding that strong partnerships in urban areas or those who have benefit students. Key findings less formal education (MetLife, include: 2011, p. 54). • Students whose families are “It’s unusual to see some- involved in their learning thing as dramatic as this earn better grades, enroll in (MetLife) finding,” said Joyce Ep- higher-level programs, have stein, director of the Center on higher graduation rates, and School, Family, and Community are more likely to enroll in Partnerships and the National postsecondary education. Network of Partnership Schools • When families take an active at Johns Hopkins University and interest in what students a leading expert on school, fam- are learning, students ily, and community partnerships. display more positive attitudes toward school and Epstein said the importance of family, school, and behave better both in and out of school (Hender- community partnerships is sometimes overlooked as schools son, Mapp, Johnson, & Davies, 2007, p. 2). home in on academic programs, not recognizing that strong This newsletter was Now, the MetLife Survey of the American partnerships can help improve student achievement. The made possible with Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy (2011) key, she said, is using partnership practices that tie to schoolDownload these accompanying support from MetLife finds that effective partnerships contribute to great- improvement goals and basing programs on what research Foundation. er teacher job satisfaction and teachers who are Continued on p. 2 Your membership in Learning Forward gives you access to a wide range of publications, tools, and opportunities to advance professional learning for student success. Visit www.learningforward.org to explore more of your membership benefits.tools: An inventory of present practices of school,family, and community partnerships, and 8elements make effective family and communitypartnershipsAvailable at www.learningforward.org/toolsforschools.
  7. 7. Learn more withLearn more about professional learning at alllevels of education with Learning Forward,an international membership association oflearning educators:www.learningforward.orgMembership in Learning Forward gives youaccess to a wide range of publications, tools,and opportunities to advance professionallearning for student success.

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