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Calfee, Carol, Frank Wittwer, and Mimi Meredith. BUILDING A FULL-SERVICE SCHOOL. San Franciso, CA: Jossey Bass, 1998.
A step-by-step guide for establishing school-based community health and social support services.

Dryfoos, Joy G. FULL SERVICE SCHOOLS. San Franciso, CA: Jossey Bass, 1998.
This book explains the importance of integrated support services in schools.

Epstein, J. L., L. Coates, K.C. Salinas, M. G. Sanders, & B. S. Simon. SCHOOL, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: YOUR HANDBOOK FOR ACTION. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press 1997.

Epstein, J. L. and K. C. Salinas. MANUAL FOR TEACHERS AND PROTOTYPE ACTIVITIES: TEACHERS INVOLVE PARENTS IN SCHOOLWORK (TIPS) IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE GRADES. Baltimore: Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, 1995 (revised).

Epstein, J. L. (1987). "Toward a Theory of Family-School Connections: Teacher Practices and Parent Involvement." In K. Hurrelmann, F. Kaufmann, and F. Losel, (eds.) SOCIAL INTERVENTION: POTENTIAL AND CONSTRAINTS. New York: DeGruyter, 1987. pp. 121 - 136.

Kagan, Sharon L. and Bernice Weissbourd. PUTTING FAMILIES FIRST. San Franciso, CA: Jossey Bass, 1994.
This book discusses issues in family support.

Sergiovanni, Thomas J. BUILDING COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS. San Franciso, CA: Jossey Bass, 1999.
This book describes schools that have successfully reinvented themselves in order to establish a sense of community.

Weiss, Heather B. COMMUNITY-BASED FAMILY SUPPORT AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS. National Center for Children in Poverty, 1991.

Weiss, Heather B. RAISING OUR FUTURE: FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITIES. Harvard Family Research Project, 1995.



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Epstein, J. L. "School/family/community Partnerships: Caring for the Children We Share." Phi Delta Kappan, 1975. pp.701-712.

Fathers' Involvement in Their Children's Schools
http://www.nces.ed.gov/pubs98/fathers/index.html
A study of fathers' involvement in education demonstrates its importance to children's educational achievement.

Harvard Family Research Project: Publications
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/pubs.html
A complete list of publications and ordering information about family, schools, and community can be found here.

National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education: Publications
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/ECI/publications.html
This site contains links to reports and books for families and schools.

National Network of Partnership Schools: Publications
http://www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/listsab.htm
This site describes how to obtain research from the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.

Parent Participation
http://www.ecewebguide.com/parent_participation.htm
Department of Education
Lists reports about parent involvement in education.

Quality Counts
http://www.edweek.com/sreports/qc00/
Education Week, 1/13/00. v. 19. no. 18. p.32
This article discusss the propotion of minority students in American schools.

Weiss, Heather and Karen Horsch. "Evaluation Options for Family Resource Centers." Harvard Family Resarch Project, 1998.
This report discusses a variety of evaluation designs.

Weiss, Heather and M. Elena Lopez. "New Strategies in Foundation Grantmaking for Children and Youth." COMMUNITY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL 1, no. 1 (Winter 2000).
This report looks at trends in grantmaking for children among a number of foundations.



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Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District 11: Coon Rapids, Minnesota
http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/
This school district has a very successful SFCP program. In 1998-99, nearly 7,000 parents volunteered in the district in various projects and programs.

Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University
http://www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/center.htm
Joyce Epstein directs this center, and its Web site offers information, links, and other resources related to developing comprehensive program of partnerships.

Children First: National PTA
http://www.pta.org/
The National PTA helps to increase family involvement. This Web site contains a wide variety of parenting resources.

Community Action for Public Schools
http://cleweb.org/caps.htm
CAPS is a national network of people working to improve the quality of public education.

Communities in Schools
http://www.cisnet.org/index.html
This organization supports a nationwide, independent network serving a million children and their families.

Family Education Network
http://www.fen.com/home/0,1669,,00.html
An award-winning site, it connects parents with information, with experts, and with each other to improve communities.

Harvard Family Research Project
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~hfrp/
The Harvard Family Research Project at the Harvard School of Education conducts research on the best ways of increasing parental and community involvement in schools. Their Web site links to additional partnership models, which may be useful to educators seeking the best programs for their schools and districts. This site includes full-text versions of several research papers on improving school and community connections and numerous links to other organizations and models for creating community connections.

Examples of Research Projects:

Aspira: Parents For Educational Excellence
http://www.aspira.org/Apex.html
This association seeks to cultivate the potential leadership capacity of youths.

Families and Schools Together
http://www.alliance1.org/fast.asp
As the world's largest support network for services, education, and advocacy on behalf of families in need, this organization provides support and services to almost 300 member agencies.

The National Black Child Development Institute
http://www.nbcdi.org/
This institute was created for the purpose of improving the quality of life for African American children and their families.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
http://www.prichardcommittee.org/
A group of volunteer parents and citizens work in planning for the future of education in Kentucky.

Head Start Virtual Community Services
http://www.headstartinfo.org/infocenter/infocenter.htm
This site contains an extensive list of online resources for parents.

The Institute for Education and Social Policy
http://www.nhsa.org/services/index.htm
New York University

National Association for the Education of Young Children
http://www.naeyc.org/
This site contains many resources for parents.

National Center for Family Literacy
http://www.famlit.org/
NCFL assists families across the United States with literacy through programming, training, research, advocacy, and dissemination of information.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
http://www.ncpie.org/
NCPIE promotes family-school partnerships in schools across the country.

National Parent Information Network (NPIN)
http://npin.org/
Collaborating between two ERIC Clearinghouses, the National Parent Information Network explores topics relevant to parents and those who work with parents. It is a valuable resource for parenting-related materials, books, newsletters, organizations, and innovative programs.

NCREL Parent and Family Involvement
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/pa0cont.htm
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (http://www.ncrel.org) (NCREL) hosts a Pathways to School Improvement server that includes a category dedicated to Parent and Family Involvement.

NCREL Parent Involvement Database of Promising Practices
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/pidata/pi0over.htm
The result of an extensive search to identify strategies that were successful in improving parent involvement in schools, this literature review and database provides a synthesis of recent information on promising practices in parent involvement.

New Skills for New Schools
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/NewSkills
Preparing Teachers in Family Involvement

Northland Pines School District Eagle River, Wisconsin
http://www.familyeducation.com/site/0,1876,0-26598-56-499,00.html
Schools in this district offer parent hotlines that give information about homework, classwork, and special events for each class. Wisconsin is a state member of the National Network of Partnership Schools.

Parent Smart
http://www.parentsmart.com/home.htm
This is a searchable database of parent resources.

Parents for Public Schools
http://www.parents4publicschools.com/
The national Parents for Public Schools organization is dedicated to supporting and strengthening public schools across America.

Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
http://pfie.ed.gov/
The Department of Education's Web site for its Partnership for Family Involvement in Education project. Includes information about joining the Partnership, a slide show on how to get started, and numerous other resources.

Public Education Network
http://www.publiceducation.org/
PEN is the nation's largest network of community-based school-reform organizations.

The Right Question Project
http://www.rightquestion.org/
This organization helps parents and concerned community members learn to ask "the right questions" about education and helps them participate in improving schools.

School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action
http://www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/manual.htm
This link provides information on how to get free or low-cost copies of the manual for developing a comprehensive program of partnerships with the National Network of Partnership Schools at John Hopkins.

Together We Can
http://www.togetherwecan.org/
Together We Can's mission is to strengthen and sustain the capacity of community collaboratives and state initiatives.

Vineland Public Schools Vineland, New Jersey
http://www.vineland.org/
An elementary school in this district, Max Leuchter Elementary, was chosen by WORKING MOTHER magazine as a school that "works for families." The district use TIPS interactive homework and has an active Parent Resource Center.



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THE INTERNET IN ACTION K-12 APPLICATION
To order videocassettes and print guides for the K-12 series, call GPN at 800-228-4630 or email gpn@unl.edu.

INVOLVING PARENTS IN EDUCATION
This program includes a 30-minute videotape and a 54-page Leader's Guide. The video features communities in McAllen Texas and Indianapolis where parents and school leaders have created successful parent involvement programs. The program shows how schools use parent/teacher meetings, home visits, parent volunteers, and other strategies to encourage and support parent involvement. Based on the work of Joyce Epstein (Center for Research on Elementary and Middle Schools, Johns Hopkins University) the video explains five types of parent involvement: 1. Improving parent skills 2. Developing better communication between educators and parents 3. Increasing volunteer support 4. Increasing learning at home 5. Involving parents in policymaking. Activities in the Leader's Guide give viewers an opportunity to reflect on the why, how, and what of strengthening parent involvement in their schools. To order contact the Association For Supervision And Curriculum Development (ASCD) at 800-933-2723.

THE THINKING CURRICULUM
This nine-part series examines a range of topics and issues including reforming schools, parental involvement, equitable practices, assessment, and new approaches to instruction. (c) 1993, Thirteen/WNET New York and New York State Education Department.
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