Resource Library: Community Engagement

Partners in Education: SEDL and the Dept. of Education, 2013

Engaging parents and families in education is undeniably important, but barriers still exist in forging and strengthening the connections between schools and the communities around them. This paper proposes a dual-capacity building framework in order to increase family-school partnerships and walks through the main components of the framework, as well as case studies showing the model in action.



Supporting the Education Pipeline: Ready by 21, 2011

Involving businesses can help better align educational goals to fit the needs of labor markets. Furthermore, businesses can be instrumental in providing supports such as serving as strong advocates, fundraisers, mentors and change agents to the network of out-of school supports that need to be in place for successful schooling. More than not, these supports are lacking in low income and urban areas. To help fill this void this paper presents a toolkit for community-based organizations to engage the private sector in educational reform.  


New Visions for Public Schools-Using Data to Engage Families: Harvard, 2010

More parent involvement requires better communication between teachers, school staff and parents, clarity of roles between groups, and consensus on specific goals.  Increased parental access to school-level data can help spur meaningful engagement. The New Visions program can be used as a model as to how to foster better communication and engagement. 



Raising Their Voices: Civic Enterprises, 2010

Dialogue between teachers, parents and students can be instrumental in developing effective strategies to prevent drop-out. This paper demonstrates how this dialogue can be conducted to produce effective results. In particular, the dialogue studied identifies solutions for commonly identified reasons for dropout including boredom in school, low or no parental engagement, and low academic standards.



Pennsylvania's Best Investment: Education Law Center, 2008

This report seeks to identify the private and public benefits of education. The private benefits include greater likelihood of finding gainful employment, having stable families, decreasing the likelihood of commit serious crimes.  Investing in public education is also more cost-effective for the state than paying for the social and economic consequences of underfunded, low quality schools.



Types of Parental Involvement: National Middle School Association, 2006

Parent involvement can have an important effect on student performance in school. Six types of parental involvement of particular interest to the researchers are parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community. Included in this report are examples of each type of involvement to help decision makers decipher specific ways to get parents at their schools involved.



Schools as Centers of Community: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, 2003

Case studies of 13 districts focusing on the ways in which they promote community engagement have been used to establish the six key principles of a successful learning environment. These six principles are: 1) enhancing teaching and learning to accommodate the needs of diverse learners, 2) serving as a center of the community, 3) using results from planning and design processes that involved many stakeholders, 4) providing a healthy, safe, and secure environment, 5) using resources effectively, and 6) being flexible and adaptable.