Guides and Publications

The following guides and publications are useful tools to help parents and schools build effective partnerships. For publications that focus on research findings, please visit the RESEARCH section of our site.

The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3 to 8: A Focus on Literacy and Math Achievement Outcomes and Social-Emotional Skills (Joyce Epstein with Frances Van Voorhis, Michelle Maier, and Chrishana Lloyd, published by MDRC). This summary of over a decade of family engagement research strengthens the belief that interventions to boost family involvement are a critical element when trying to support children’s early learning and socio-emotional development.

The Dual Capacity Building Framework for School-Family Partnerships a publication of the U.S. Department of Education is a tool to help states, school districts, and schools develop educator/family training programs.

Building Relationships for Student Success: School-Family-Community Partnerships and Student Achievement in the Northwest, published by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NRWEL). This publication reviews what research says about family involvement and contains practical suggestions to enlist families in children's learning.

Family and Community Engagement Survey, published by the Intercultural Development and Research Association (IDRA). This survey can be used by teachers, administrators and parents to assess a school's effectiveness in partnering with families. Available in English and Spanish.

Focus on Families! How to Build and Support Family-Centered Practices in After School, published by the Harvard Family Research Project. This guide provides strategies and examples of how to engage families in after school programs.

Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families, produced by the Collabor ative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, University of Illinois at Chicago. This publication contains excellent examples of practices, handouts for parents, tips, and resources. Handouts are also available in Spanish.

I Hear You Knocking -- But You Can't Come In!, is a pocket guide for principals and administrators, outlining a framework for creating a welcoming environment in schools.

Invaluable Allies: Partnering with Parents for Student Success by Margery B. Ginsberg, Ph.D, associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington, provides numerous ways teachers can take the lead in developing mutual trust and opening channels of communication with parents.

Families in the driver’s seat: parent-driven lessons and guidelines for collective engagement
A Road Map Parent/Family Engagement Curriculum

User’s Guide for Road Map Family Engagement Survey – Data Inquiry for Equitable Collaboration