Connecting Parents to Miami Dade's Public Schools
Washington Mutual and The Education Fund have teamed up with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools to create an easy-to-read parent resource guide in English, Spanish, and Creole. The guide is helpful to any district interested in involving parents in understanding the role they play in the achievement of their children, especially those for whom English is not the native language or for whom the American public school system is unfamiliar.
Family Support America
Family Support America, formerly Family Resource Coalition of America, is a nationally recognized movement to strengthen and support families. The site includes news, networking, programs, a learning center, and additional offerings for members.
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) advocates home, school, and community involvement and interaction in order to enhance the education of all children. The NCPIE site offers resources that emphasize the importance of family school partnerships.
National Network of Partnership Schools
The National Network of Partnership Schools is a membership organization of schools, school districts, and states that are committed to creating and sustaining successful family-school-community partnerships. Its Web site provides the opportunity for members to network and Web visitors to find information on the organization.
Online Resources for Parent/Family Involvement
This ERIC Digest article by Karen Ngeow identifies five goals for parent involvement and lists appropriate online resources that should help parents attain the goals.
Parent and Family Involvement
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) hosts the site "Parent and Family Involvement." This site is useful for educators seeking additional ideas on how to lead an effort to construct school partnerships, support ways parents and families can become involved in schools, and create a school climate and structures to support parent and family involvement.
Parent Information Resource Centers
A Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) exists in each state to provide parents and educators with the information, resources, and services they need to support parent involvement in learning and strengthen the partnership between parents and educators in meeting the educational needs of children.
Parent Involvement and the Education of Limited English Proficient Students
This ERIC Digest article lists parent-school activities, aspects specific to limited English proficient (LEP) parents and students, and strategies to increase LEP parent participation.
Parent Leadership Training Institute
The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) offers parents a curriculum that teaches them how to act as advocates for children and change agents in their community and at the local, regional, and state levels. Users need to check information in links to local groups to get specifics on the work of the organization.
Parent Power: A Positive Link to School Success
This article is a summary of the ways parents have been involved in the Clark County (Nevada) School District.
It evaluates a specific program with respect to the methods, importance, and problems in communication with immigrant parents.
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Suggestions for Parents
The digest by Ann-Marie Clark outlines ways to improve parent-teacher communication and suggestions for parents about participating more effectively in conferences that deal with children's behavior and learning.
School Support for Foster Families
This article from ERIC Digests by Wendy Schwartz discusses factors that influence the ability of foster children to achieve academically and offers some strategies that schools can employ to improve their educational success and emotional well being.