November, 2008
                                    PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION MONTH
                                           Make the home-school connection to support student learning!
                                                  Calendar of activities schools can do with families.                                                  org

                  Sunday                        Monday                Tuesday                    Wednesday                       Thursday                         Friday
                                                                                                                                                      Family Literacy Day
                                                                                                                                                        Find out how
                                                                                                                                                       families can get
                                                                                                                                                     public library cards.

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   Reflect on what         Send home the            Election Day        Make your school      Sponsor a family reading     Create a schedule to        Have a Saturday
  your school does       Parent Involvement      Send home voting       family friendly and   night at your school with    meet with parents to      Success Academy to
     to invite and       in Education Parent    facts for parents to      welcoming by          books, popcorn, and          review the Title I         offer parents
   welcome parents           Calendar to         discuss with their      posting friendly          comfy pillows.                compact.               workshops on
    to school, and        encourage parent           children.          signs for parents                                                              involvement and
  develop new ideas         involvement.                                   and visitors.                                                                 academics.
        to try.

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     Identify five       Hold an FCAT Skills       Veterans Day        Have a workshop for     Publicize to parents the       Send parents a          Have a Student Art
  parents to call this   parent meeting at a    Provide parents with    school staff on the   materials your school has       newsletter that        Exhibition and invite
   week to discuss            fast-food         talking points for a     impact of parent      for parents to support      highlights important        parents and the
  something positive         restaurant.         family discussion       involvement on           learning at home.       test dates and test prep      community to
      about their                               about Veteran’s Day.         student                                       skills and strategies.             attend.
       children.                                                          achievement.

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      American              Give parents a          Parents Day          Hold a computer           National Parent            Attend a parent         Recruit volunteers
   Education Week          magnet for the       Go to      workshop to show          Involvement Day         involvement conference       and mentors by
     Identify five         fridge that has      parents/ index.html      parents how and       Ask parents to come to     like Hooked on Parent           holding a
  parents to call this    important school       for ideas to share      where to access      school to Take the Pledge   Involvement held today     community training
   week to discuss       contact information,   with parents on how       websites and            with the school.              in Tampa.            on the importance of
               something positive         names, and             they can support         resources to    volunteering and
                    about their            numbers.              learning at home.      promote parent                                                                mentoring in
                     children.                                                          involvement in                                                                  schools.

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                    Identify five      Encourage parents        Review your School    Solicit parent input                                  Enjoy family time      Organize a family-
          parents to call this        to join the PTA, PTO,     Improvement Plan      on the ―friendliness‖                                     together!          faculty sports event
 e               week to discuss          or a parent           for ways to involve    level of the school      Talk about things for                              with teams to play
               something positive         involvement             parents in the      and use their input       which your family is                                softball, kickball,
                    about their           committee.             planning, review,    to make the school              grateful.                                       volleyball, or

      Parent         children.                                   and improvement         more family-                                                              basketball. Mix the
                                                                     process.               friendly.                                                              teams with school
                                                                                                                                                                   staff and families.
  to Support
     Student           30             Governor Charlie Crist has proclaimed November
 Achievement Identify five
               parents to call this
      Connect week to discuss                                                                     as
     Home and something positive
       School    about their
                                              Florida’s Parental Involvement in Education
                                                                   Family Involvement in Education Facts
Involvement in
 Review, and                                     Seven Takeaways About the Future of Family Involvement
Improvement1. Families are an essential component of complementary learning. To succeed in school and in life, children and youth need access to multiple
                     supports for learning. These             supports can be more effective when connected in an intentional and systemic way. Harvard Family Research
                     Project calls these networks of supports complementary learning. Families are central to complementary learning as contributors, collaborators,
                     and consumers.

               2.    Recent research warrants a reconceptualization of family involvement, which includes three primary components: 1. Family involvement matters
                     from birth through adolescence but changes as children mature. 2. Family involvement occurs in all the contexts where children and youth live
                     and learn, not only in homes and schools but in out-of-school time programs and many other settings. 3. Family involvement must be a shared
                     and meaningful responsibility among families, schools, communities, and society

               3.    Family involvement practices and policies need to move beyond individual programs to more systemic efforts. Family involvement efforts and
                     investments should build on programs in individual schools and communities to implement and study more systemic approaches. Growing
                     initiatives at the district and state levels, including family involvement reforms, policies, and standards, represent potential models.
  4.   More rigorous evaluation of family involvement policies and initiatives is needed to build knowledge about effective approaches. Although
       correlational research has made a strong case about the benefits of family involvement, there is a need for more rigorous evaluations of specific
       interventions and policies to understand what works, for whom, and why. Promising strategies include cost-effectiveness and cost–benefit
       analyses, large-scale evaluation of federal programs, and family involvement assessments within educational accountability systems.

  5.   Evaluations are only as useful as the strategies for applying them. To ensure that emerging knowledge does not end up in ―digital graveyards,‖ the
       field needs to leverage and create new forums and opportunities for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, parents, and others to share and
       utilize this knowledge. One promising strategy is to create communities of practice—informal networks of stakeholders who regularly share
       information and build collective knowledge.

  6.   In research, policy, and practice, a more nuanced understanding of family involvement across cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds is
       emerging but incomplete. Several researchers are part of a growing movement to develop and use knowledge about the predictors, patterns, and
       processes of family involvement in traditionally understudied populations. This includes developing and validating measures that are culturally
       relevant and appropriate.

  7.   Committed leadership is fundamental to building family involvement, and leadership development is a priority for the field. In schools and other
       organizations, leaders establish the expectations, opportunities, and incentives for family involvement. They are also largely responsible for using
       evaluation for continuous improvement. Preparing future leaders to value family involvement and invest in evaluation continues to be a critical
       issue, from teacher and administrator education programs to state standards to mentoring future family involvement researchers.

                                                                     - Harvard Family Research Project Seven Takeaways About the Future of Family
                                                                     Involvement, 2008

                                                       WEBSITES FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS:
 *Florida Parental Information & Resource Centers (PIRCs): Florida PIRC at USF:        Florida PIRC of FND:
*Florida Department of Education:        Bureau of Family and Community Outreach:                      Bureau of Student Assistance:
                                    Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice:
*Florida Partners in Education:              *National Center for Family Literacy:              *National PTA:
           *National Network of Partnership Schools:        *Harvard Family Research Project:
                        *Project Appleseed (Check out the Parental Involvement Pledge):
              *The Impact of Parent/Family Involvement on Student Outcomes:

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