Resources for Educators
There are currently 133 resources for Educators in the NCPIE database.
To order a resource, please contact its publishing organization.Schools and Community Services
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Web Address: www.aed.org
Resource Title: Bridging the Gap: A Rationale for Enhancing the Role of Community Organizations in Promoting Youth Development
Author: Karen J. Pittman and Marlene Wright
Description: February, 1991. An examination of the reasons to include community organizations in the pursuit of the goals of self-esteem building and opportunity development for youth.
Juneau AK 99801
Contact: Julie Staley
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.akpirc.org
Resource Title: Parent Guides
Description: AKPIRC has a assortment of guides that share information with families on ESEA, state accountability, why parent involvement is important, and how parents can be more involved. Most guides are written at two levels, in-depth and an overview.
Resource Title: PowerPoint trainings for families
Description: AKPIRC offers an assortment of ready to use PowerPoint presentations that school staff and communities can use to share with families. Topics include: understanding Alaska's statewide tests, helping children develop language skills, and more.
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036
Web Address: www.alliance1.org
Resource Title: Families in Society
Description: Bi-monthly. This peer-reviewed professional journal serves as a forum for addressing the interests, activities, and concerns of professionals in direct practice as well as associates in supervision, administration, policy and planning, research, and education. Formerly known as Social Casework.
1307 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20005
Web Address: www.aacte.org
Resource Title: Various Publications about Education
Description: AACTE maintains an extensive list of publications on a variety of topics related to education, including Research and Reference, Standards and Assessment, Teaching and Learning, Diversity Issues, Education Reform Issues, Federal and State Issues, Leadership Issues and Professional Development.
555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001
Contact: Rosalind LaRocque
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.aft.org
Resource Title: Educational Research and Dissemination Program: Partnerships Supporting Student Learning
Description: One of many courses included as part of the AFT's ongoing professional development program, this focuses on enabling parents to better support their children as learners and achievers. Strategies include helping classroom practitioners develop learning partnerships with parents by assigning more productive and inclusive homework, explaining classroom work and grading systems, correcting student work, and providing timely feedback to students and parents. Available to union members only.
909 N Washington Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-684-4500, 800-365-0153 x3835
Contact: Kris Minor
Contact E-mail: KrisM@americaspromise.org
Web Address: www.americaspromise.org
Resource Title: Communities of Promise Toolkit: "How to Become a Community of Promise"
Description: This toolkit contains information and resources on how to make your community a Community of Promise by increasing resources and opportunities for young people. The following guides are available: "Becoming a Community of Promise: Proven Strategies That Are Working," "Guide to Conducting a Needs Assessment," "Community of Promise Implementation Pack," "Neighborhood Planning Guide" and "City/County Planning Guide."
Resource Title: Making a Difference -- Saving Our Kids
Description: This 30-minute video features examples of how America's Promise commitment makers are keeping their promise to our nation's youth. Guests include: former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, General Powell, Janet Jackson, Carlos Santana, Oprah Winfrey, Rita Morena and Hugh O'Brien.
1640 Roxanna Road NW
Washington DC 20012
Contact: Anne T. Henderson, Senior Consultant, Community Involvement Program
Web Address: steinhardt.nyu.edu/iesp/
Resource Title: Community Organizing for School Improvement in the South Bronx
Description: This case study tells the story of how low-income parents organized, with help from the community group that redeveloped their housing project, to improve a poor-performing school in district 9. The paper focuses on community organizing as a new form of parent and community engagement, and analyzes the political situation in low-income neighborhoods.
Resource Title: Demystifying the Data
Description: This information sheet is aimed at making NYC school data accessible and understandable. Each sheet is devoted to one issue (such as performance budgeting) and explains it in a jargon-free manner. Included in School Watch.
Resource Title: School Watch
Description: This newsletter provides community groups with information on NYC public school performance and examples of school reform strategies in action. It purpose is to encourage more groups to become involved in school improvement. Published quarterly.
1703 N Beauregard
Alexandria VA 22311
Contact: Barbara Gleason
Web Address: www.ascd.org
Resource Title: The Brain and Learning
Price: $590.00 (Members $490.00).
Author: Marian Diamond, Pat Wolfe, Eric Jensen, Geoffrey Caine, Robert Sylvester
Description: Video Series. includes the videotape What Parents Need to Know. (ASCD video, 1998) Four 20- to 30-minute videotapes and a Facilitator's Guide. This video series explains how the brain functions and shows examples of elementary through high school classrooms where teachers are applying brain-based principles to enhance learning. It also encourages parents to become full partners in the effort to make education more brain friendly.
Resource Title: Classroom Leadership and Classroom Leadership Online
Price: Free online. Paper copies $3.00 each.
Description: Classroom Leadership Online is the online sister publication of Classroom Leadership. It is published 9 times a year (monthly except January, June, and July) and is linked thematically to Educational Leadership, ASCD's magazine. Classroom Leadership Online is a free publication that helps readers explore education topics, as seen through teachers' eyes and heard through teachers' voices.
Resource Title: Communicating with the Public: A Guide for School Leaders
Price: $22.95 (Members $18.95).
Author: Anne Meek
Description: (ASCD book, 1999) 8" x 10", 144 pages. This book helps educators gain the knowledge and confidence they need to create and implement an effective communication program. It provides strategies for cultivating the ongoing relationships necessary for long-term support of schools, including the communication roles of educators working in schools and those working in central offices. Basics include: Strategic communications planning; analysis; teamwork between schools and central offices; coordination with community relations offices; and program evaluation. Resources include a school climate checklist; tips for working with the news media; guidelines for conducting focus groups; and help with creating news releases, Web sites, and videos.
Resource Title: Curriculum Update
Price: Additional copies are $3 each (prepaid only).
Description: Reports trends, research findings, exemplary programs, and available resources in a specific curriculum area. It is published four times per year as a supplement to Education Update, the official newsletter of ASCD. Subscriptions to Curriculum Update are included in ASCD membership.
Resource Title: Educational Leadership
Price: Additional copies are $6 each.
Description: 96-page, full-color magazine. Published monthly September through May, except bi-monthly December/January. Intended primarily for leaders in elementary, middle, and secondary education, but is also for anyone interested in curriculum, instruction, supervision, and leadership in schools. Frequently includes articles that reflect parents' perspectives or focus on parental roles in the context of a particular monthly theme. For example: "A Parent's Perspective: Educating the Digital Generation." (October 2000), "Who's Afraid of Standards? A Parent's Perspective." (February 2000), "From Fund Raising to Hell Raising: New Roles for Parents." (April 2000), "Making Parent Involvement Meaningful." (January 1998). Subscriptions are included in ASCD membership.
Resource Title: Education Update Newsletter
Price: Additional copies are $3 each (prepaid only).
Description: Education Update is the official newsletter of ASCD and is published 8 times a year (monthly except February, April, July, and October). Subscriptions to Education Update are included in ASCD membership.
Resource Title: How to Coordinate Services for Students and Families
Price: $8.95 (Members $6.95).
Author: Larry Guthrie
Description: (ASCD book, 1996) 6" x 9", 61 pages. This book proposes an integrated services collaboration for students in crisis, as an alternative to the traditional social services now offered. A nine-step plan outlines how to get an integrated services collaborative started, where it should be located, and how to get funding.
Resource Title: How to Create Successful Parent-Student Conferences
Price: $95 (Members $79).
Description: (Video, 1998) This 15-minute videotape is part of ASCD's How-to video series. Watch actual teachers demonstrate ways to create "win-win-win" situations for students, parents, and teachers. Topics include: the first step to take when planning every conference, how to deal with an irate parent, examples of "door-opening statements" that encourage conversation, how to use portfolios of student work in conferences, and what to do after a conference. Also available in closed-captioned format.
Resource Title: How to Form Networks for School Renewal
Price: $8.95 (Members $6.95).
Description: (ASCD book, 1995) 6" x 9", 57 pages. This book provides practical guidelines for establishing practitioner-driven networks for increasing professional knowledge, motivation, self-esteem, and effectiveness in efforts with students. Includes sample formats and activities for meetings, with numerous suggestions for ways to keep networks infused with information and resources.
Resource Title: How to Make Homework More Meaningful by Involving Parents
Price: $95 (Members $79).
Author: Joyce Epstein
Description: (Video, 2001) This 15-minute videotape is part of ASCD's How-To video series. It demonstrates how to use homework to strengthen students' skills and make learning more meaningful. This video features assignments that help students establish regular schedules, and demonstrate and discuss what they've learned, strategies for initiating and encouraging family participation, and ways to follow-up assignments with class discussion and demonstration.
Resource Title: InfoBrief
Price: Individual copies are $4.50 each.
Description: Published four times per year, ASCD Infobrief provides concise information on current education issues to administrators, teachers, families, policymakers, journalists, and others. Subscription is included in ASCD Premium membership.
Resource Title: Managing Today's Classroom
Price: Set of three is $580 (Members $480). Individual tapes $210 each (Members $180).
Author: Rheta DeVries
Description: The Managing Today's Classroom video series shows how teachers are creating positive learning environments where students behave well because they want to. Two videotapes, a Facilitator's Guide, and a special tape, A Parent's Guide, explain and demonstrate how teachers can instill a commitment to good behavior in all students by: fostering mutual respect among students and teachers, promoting self-regulation and autonomy, creating a sense of community in the classroom, and motivating students through an engaging curriculum. These videos feature teachers explaining why traditional approaches that use rewards and punishments often don't work, and also show elementary and secondary schools classrooms where effective management practices are being used. The accompanying Facilitator's Guide shows how to create a powerful in-service course for new and experienced teachers in all grade levels. Plus, a 25-minute video tape explains this new classroom management approach to parents so that they can support the strategies and use them at home. Three videotapes: Tape 1: Managing Today's Classroom: Elementary Schools and Facilitator's Guide, Tape 2: Managing Today's Classroom: Secondary Schools and Facilitator's Guide, Tape 3: Managing Today's Classroom: A Parent's Guide and Facilitator's Guide are available as a set or individually. Also available in closed-captioned format.
Resource Title: Mentoring the New Teacher
Price: Complete set $785 (Members $685.00), individual tapes $115.00 (Members $95.00).
Author: Developed and produced by James B. Rowley and Patricia M. Hart of the University of Dayton School of Education, Dayton, Ohio
Description: (Video, 1994) Available exclusively through ASCD, this set of videotapes and Facilitator's Guide presents case studies of the most common problems faced by beginning teachers: dealing with students' personal problems; handling classroom discipline; planning lessons and homework; coping with a lack of instructional resources; relating to parents; motivating students; dealing with students' individual differences; and evaluating student work. Based on extensive research, this series offers a candid, realistic approach to how experienced teacher mentors can help new teachers through their first years in the profession. Complete set includes: Eight 17- to 20-minute case study videotapes, one 6-minute Overview tape, and 170-page Facilitator's Guide. The following tapes are also available individually: Tape 1: Dealing with Students' Personal Problems, Tape 2: Classroom Discipline, Tape 3: Dealing with Individual Differences, Tape 4: Motivating Students, Tape 5: Planning Classwork, Tape 6: Lack of Instructional Resources, Tape 7: Parent Relations, Tape 8: Evaluating Student Work.
Resource Title: Parents As Partners in Schooling
Description: ASCD's PD Online course is designed to help educators and parents understand they are equal partners in schooling and to provide resources that support effective parent involvement programs. The interactive, multimedia format allows you flexibility to develop your knowledge and skills at a time that fits your schedule. Course includes interactive lessons that have been specially designed for Web-based training. Each lesson is supplemented with extensive reading material and access to discussion groups.
Resource Title: Schools as Communities
Price: $466.00 ($396.00 Members).
Description: (Video) The video series focuses on successful schools in which educators create a sense of belonging for their students and include teachers, parents, and the community. 2 videos with facilitator's guide.
Resource Title: Various Audiotapes about Education
Price: Varies, beginning at $14.95 (Members $11.95) per tape.
Description: The ASCD audio library features some of the most popular presentations from ASCD conferences and institutes. Examples include: Helping Parents Understand Performance-Based Assessment, Seven keys to Successful Parent Involvement and Promoting Parents' and Policymakers' Assessment Literacy, Celebrate Learning with Student-Led Conferences: Increase Student Accountability, Involve Parents, and Help Meet Standards, Homework Central: Parent Communication for the 21st Century.
1875 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Web Address: cleweb.org
Resource Title: Beyond the Bake Sale: An Educator's Guide to Working With Families (1986)
Author: Anne T. Henderson, Carl Marburger and Theodora Ooms
Description: 160 pp. This classic guide explains how to build partnerships that go beyond boosterism to effective schooling, with attention to high school families, and single, low-income and working parents. Often used for staff development and other teacher training.
Resource Title: The Family is Critical to Student Achievement: A New Generation of Evidence
Author: Anne T. Henderson and Nancy Berla, editors
Description: 176pp. Softcover. (1994) Reviews 66 studies that document the positive effects of parent involvement on student achievement. A short introduction reviews the studies, major findings, and trends in the research. "Taken together, the studies summarized in this report strongly suggest that when schools support families to be involved, children from low-income families and diverse cultural backgrounds approach the grades and test scores expected for middle class children."
Resource Title: Urgent Message for Parents
Price: $3 single copy. See order form for discounts on multiple copies.
Author: Anne Henderson, Anne Lewis, Kathy Boundy, Paul Weckstein, Larry Searcy
Description: 16 pp. In English. 2000. This guide answers parents' questions about standards -- what do they mean for my child, what if my child didn't pass the test, how can I help my children learn what they need to know? It gives examples of high and low level student work, explains the difference between the new and the old tests, and tells how families can improve student achievement. This is an excellent resource for staff development, parent training and conferences.
1201 Columbia Road NW
Washington DC 20009
Contact: Anne Bouie, Ph.D.
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Title: Working with Families and Communities
Author: Anne Bouie, Ph.D.
Description: This is a structured professional development program for teachers and administrators who wish to design and implement positive change that can secure the endorsement of families and create positive experiences for parents, family networks, and community members.
Resource Title: Exploring Your Community
Price: 15.00 per copy
Author: Anne Bouie, Ph.D.
Description: This workbook presents a process and experiences that help school staff to learn about, and connect with resources in the immediate community surrounding the school. It is interactive and will help school staff utilize this information to increase their ability to work with and engage families and community members in the life of classrooms and the school.
105 East 22nd Street
New York NY 10010
Contact: Sarah Jonas, Director of Curriculum
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.childrensaidsociety.org
Resource Title: CAS News
Description: A newsletter for friends and supporters of the Children's Aid Society. Read about Children's Aid's amazing array of arts programs, the innovative Medicaid Enrollment project, and other society happenings.
Resource Title: Parents in a Community School
Description: Covers the vital role parents play in a community school and how to engage parents as partners.
1110 North Glebe Road
Arlington VA 22201
Contact: Deb Ziegler, Associate Executive Director
Web Address: www.cec.sped.org
Resource Title: The ADD/ADHD Checklist: An Easy Reference for Parents & Teachers
Price: $17.75 (CEC Members $16.00)
Author: Sandra Rief
Description: This upbeat and encouraging book presents the latest on ADD/ADHD in a fast-paced, concise format. Through a series of checklists the author first distills basic information on the condition-traits, diagnosis, treatment schemes, medication-then gives special information and advice to parents and teachers, presents academic and behavioral strategies, and explains resources available. A section on ADD/ADHD and the law (IDEA and 504) will be especially useful in explaining where a student with ADD/ADHD stands in terms of special education services.
Resource Title: Kids with Special Needs: Information and Activities to Promote Awareness and Understanding
Author: Veronica Getskow and Dee Konczal
Description: A great sourcebook designed to help children-and adults-develop an understanding and empathy for individuals with disabilities. Pages of reproducible material provide simulations, games, and activities. Gives background on communicative, developmental, physical, and learning disabilities. Ideal for parents and teachers who want to understand more about inclusive classrooms, planning an IEP, and meeting their child's needs.
Resource Title: Secrets of Discipline for Parents and Teachers: 12 Keys for Raising Responsible Children
Price: Book (#S5285) is $12.95, Video (#S5286) is $18.95. Set (#S5290) is $29.95
Author: Ronald G. Morrish
Description: Find out why behavior management alone fails. Learn about teaching compliance, setting limits, developing good habits and encouraging good decision making. Learn the importance of planning and commitment. Especially helpful in working with children who have ADHD. Video features popular speaker Ron Morrish.
Resource Title: Teaching a Young Child to Read
Author: Wood Smethhurst
Description: Good instruction is good instruction is good instruction! And good reading instruction may prevent the need for special education placement for some children. This book was written for parents, but presents such solid, time-tested basic reading instruction methodology that any practitioner faced with beginning or non-readers should also have a copy. Although designed for use with children up to age 7, it is also useful for remediation for somewhat older children. In fact, the systematic phonics instruction can be adapted for any age.
Resource Title: With All Due Respect: Keys for Building Effective School Discipline
Author: Ronald G. Morrish
Description: Exceptional children often do not receive the direct instruction and positive practice required for the development of respectful, responsible behaviors. This book lets you learn how to increase time for teaching, improve standards for student work, put the authority back in the teacher role and decrease reliance on punishment and suspension.
One Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20001-1431
Contact: Elizabeth Partoyan, Strategic Initiative Director, Next Generation Learners
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.ccsso.org
Resource Title: Ensuring the Education Rights of All Children, 2001
Description: This report reflects the priority actions for CCSSO in 2001. These priority actions reflect the leadership direction of CCSSO's current Board Chair, Dr. Peter McWalters, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The priority actions encompass: 1) providing for the needs of all children; 2) implementing all elements of standard-based systems; 3) adjusting speed and scope of education reform implementation; 4) helping public and policy leaders understand the scope and boldness of reform and expect rates of progress in education; and 5) committing to strategic partnerships among community, business, faith institutions and education as essential to overcoming poverty and deprivation and assuring success in education.
Resource Title: Gaining the Arts Advantage: More Lessons From School Districts that Value Arts Education
Description: This brief report summarizes the October 2000 meeting of the Arts Education Partnership, during which 32 school districts from 19 states discussed the current status of arts education in their districts. These districts were profiled in a 1999 report from the Partnership, which identified 13 critical success factors to create and sustain arts education. The new report highlights how these districts have enhanced financial support, program quality, and community support for their arts partnerships. 2001.
Resource Title: Gaining Ground
Description: Monthly newsletter published under the auspices of CCSSO's High Poverty Schools Initiative. Features articles on the latest research, policy, and practice developments related to improving the achievement of students in low-performing, high poverty school districts.
Resource Title: Primary Level Assessment for IASA Title I: A Call for Discussion
Description: This paper begins with a review of appropriate assessment techniques in pre-k through grade 3 settings and then presents the thesis that developmentally appropriate assessment and accountability assessment can be united. Two programs are described to illustrate examples of emerging techniques for measuring young children for accountability purposes. 2001.
Resource Title: Students Continually Learning: A Report of Presentations, Student Voices and State Actions
Description: This report reflects the proceedings of CCSSO's 1999 Summer Institute. The Institute and proceedings were done in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment (formerly the IYF-US). The Institute and accompanying report examined three issues: early development so every child enters school ready to learn; extended time to learn to assure all students achieve standards; and charging the student battery to stimulate motivation for success. 2001.
Devereux Early Childhood Initiative
444 Devereux Drive
Villanova PA 19085
Contact: Susan Damico, Director of Operations for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.devereuxearlychildhood.org
Resource Title: Devereux Early Childhood Assessment
Price: $39.95 for 40 (English and Spanish available)
Author: Paul LeBuffe and Jack Naglieri
Description: The assessment tool is a standardized, norm-referenced, strength-based assessment of protective factors and resilience in preschool agend children. Parents and teachers both complete this assessment in order to better help each individualize and plan to help the child develop strong social/emotional skills.
Resource Title: Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program Kit
Description: The DECA Kit contains assessments, parent guides, a teacher strategy guide, an observation journal of reproducible planning forms, a user's manual and a technical manual. The Kit is designed to help classroom teachers assess and plan to build children's resilience.
P.O. Box 73055
Washington DC 20056
Contact: Erika Landberg, Senior Associate for Community Engagement
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.dcvoice.org
Resource Title: New Teacher Survey
Price: Free on request; on Web site
Author: Tahi Mottl Reynolds, Ph.D.
Description: The most comprehensive feedback from DCPS teachers now available, particularly from new teachers, this survey was conducted at the end of the 2002-2003 school year and contains teacher views on: - professional develoment - new teacher supports such as orientation and mentoring - the general classroom conditions needed to promote quality teaching for every child.
411 N. Main Street
Galax VA 24333
Contact: Sam Bartlett, CEO
Web Address: www.familyfriendlyschools.com
Resource Title: Making Your School Family Friendly
Author: Constantino, Steven M
Description: Making Your School Family Friendly is specifically designed for high schools to understand the processess necessary to implement explicit family engagement programs to support the academic achievement of high school students.
Resource Title: Take This Job and Love It!
Author: King, Jerry
Description: As a highly successful speaker, educator and author, Jerry King is known to educators as the “Attitude Doctor”. Jerry utilizes his unique and effective speaking style to motivate, inspire, and enrich the careers of educators around the country. His experience as a classroom teacher and school administrator enables him to effectively connect with his audience. He had been identified as one of “America’s Training Experts for Educators.” Jerry's most requested seminars are based on his wildly successful book: Take this Job and Love It: The 6 Dynamic Strategies of Successful Teaching.
Resource Title: Engaging All Families
Author: Constantino, Steven M
Description: Dr. Constantino's book "Engaging All Families" is designed to help schools and districts design and implement family engagement programs that support the academic and educational lives of children.
1730 N. Lynn Street
Arlington VA 22209-2004
Voice: 703-528-3588, 800-925-3223
Contact: Janet Brown
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: ceee.gwu.edu
Resource Title: Promoting Excellence Series
Price: $8 for set
Description: This series of publications is designed to provide tools for those seeking sound, research-based models and strategies for the design or evaluation of services for English Language Learners.
Longfellow Hall, Appian Way
Cambridge MA 02138
Contact: Margaret Caspe
Web Address: www.hfrp.org
Resource Title: Beyond the Parent-Teacher Conference
Author: Heather B. Weiss, Holly Kreider, Eliot Levine, Ellen Mayer, Jenny Sadler and Peggy Vaughan
Description: AERA Presentation, 1998. Discussions about home-school communication generally focus on formal, scheduled school activities offered to all parents, such as parent-teacher conferences or back-to-school nights. In contrast, this paper examines a variety of alternative communication patterns that are important mechanisms for parents and teachers to gain information and make decisions about children.
Resource Title: Early Childhood Digest: Families and Teachers as Partners
Author: Holly Kreider
Description: March, 1998. Early Childhood Digest is a quarterly report on ways that families and schools can work together to help young children learn and grow. This issue provides information on what parents and teachers can do to work together more effectively.
Resource Title: Early Childhood Digest: Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: How to choose the right program for your child
Author: Priscilla M.D. Little
Description: May, 1998. This issue looks at what parent involvement is and how families and schools can choose early childhood programs that encourage family involvement.
737 N. President Street
Jackson MS 39202
Contact: Jill Ivey Dent
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.mfcf.org
Resource Title: Community Classrooms
Price: Varies on Quantity
Author: Jane P. Boykin & Betty Trotti
Description: Community Classrooms is a community development approach to early childhood education. Produced by the Mississippi Forum on Children and Families with the initial development supported in part by the Bell South Foundation, Community Classrooms affirms the important role a community plays in supporting parents and preparing children for school success. Community Classrooms has a parent guide that is 32 pages in an easy to read format that assists parents in identifying the teachable moments of everyday life. There are 13 community classrooms in the parent guide. Each classroom is detailed with a description, eight “Words to Know”, and five “Lessons to Learn”. The guides are splashed with bright colors and simple artwork that parents and children will enjoy. Preparing children for school success is not a difficult job- it’s a joyful job! Teachers in Community Classrooms use three simple curriculum principals: Look, Talk, Listen. Because of the bel! ief that Children are Born to Learn and their Communities are full of teachers, Community Classrooms is designed to use the environment children grow in.
127 N. Higgins
Missoula MT 59802
Contact: Barbara Riley
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.montanapirc.org
Resource Title: MPIRC Online Newsletter
Description: This newsletter, sent regularly by the MPRIC office, is full of resources for parents, teachers and administrators, and it's delivered straight to your email inbox. To subscribe to the newsletter, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Subscribe" in the subject line.
1509 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Contact: Davida McDonald, Policy Coordinator
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.naeyc.org
Resource Title: Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Environments
Author: Barbara Kaiser, Judy Sklar Rasminsky
Description: This reader-friendly book offers easily understandable ideas and strategies proven to work for children with the most challenging behaviors and to benefit every child in your early childhood setting.
4340 East West Highway
Bethesda MD 20814
Web Address: www.nasponline.org
Resource Title: Handbook of Parent Training: Parents as Co-Therapists For Children's Behavior Problems, 2nd Edition
Author: Edited by James M. Briesmeister and Charles E. Schaefer
Description: John Wiley & Sons, 1998, 594 pages. The second edition of this book offers a unique opportunity to learn about the latest empirical findings and clinical developments in parent training from more than 30 leading innovators in the field. It provides complete updated information on behavior problems such as non-compliance, ADHD, and bladder control. Includes new chapters on childhood disorders such as separation anxiety, failure to thrive, eating problems, poor sleep habits and developmental disabilities. There are also chapters on helping children deal effectively with divorce and helping parents handle temperamental and antisocial children.
Resource Title: Should My Child Repeat A Grade?
Description: Brochure to help parents with retention decisions.
Resource Title: Solve Your Child's School-Related Problems
Author: Edited by Michael Martin and Cynthia Waltman-Greenwood
Description: Harper Perennial, 1995, 282 pages. Covering almost 40 different school related issues, each chapter provides clear definitions, shows parents how to recognize possible problems, describes proven at-home solutions, and finally, provides advice on when professional help may be necessary. Issues covered include ADHD, grading, homework, learning disabilities, perfectionism, study skills, school phobia, and much more.This book is an ideal consultation tool and makes a great resource for parent resource centers.
Resource Title: The Unmotivated Child: Helping Your Underachiever Become a Successful Student
Author: Natalie Rathvon
Description: Simon and Schuster, 1997, 224 pages. Do you know a bright child who consistently fails to achieve in school? This book offers solutions that can help him or her make a rapid and lasting improvement. Learn the warning signals to watch for in elementary, middle and high school students. Find out how to look beneath surface behavior for the beliefs that influence an underachievers attitude and actions. Includes: five methods for communicating constructively with an underachiever, seven strategies for overcoming the homework trap, seven practical techniques for working with teachers, guidelines for supporting the student through the change process, including dealing with setbacks. This is an ideal tool for working with parents and teachers to help any child live up to his or her potential. It is also a good, low-cost addition to your schools or community's parenting resource center.
Resource Title: Home-School Collaboration: Enhancing Children's Academic and Social Competence
Author: Edited by Sandra L. Christenson and Jane Close Conoley
Description: NASP Publication, 1992, 531 pages. Learn how to enhance the possibilities for students success by fostering collaboration between the school and the home/parents. This comprehensive volume provides conceptual and empirical bases for home-school collaboration, exemplary programs and models for contemporary ethnic issues, and competence enhancement for emotional and behavioral problems. It gives you proven approaches for enhancing home-school collaboration, behavioral interventions, homework, and handling specific populations, such as abused children and children of divorce.
1904 Association Drive
Reston VA 22090
Contact: Josephine Franklin
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.nassp.org
Resource Title: All Kids Can Learn Toolkit
Author: Produced by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and Collaborative Communications Group
Description: Use this toolkit at faculty meetings, during professional development workshops, at district meetings, and with parent groups to start a dialogue about school improvement and how high standards can improve student achievement and teacher and principal performance. Includes:
(2) Schools That Learn: High Standards for Teacher and Principal Performance. A 28-minute videotape that paints a picture of what effective standards-based classrooms, instruction, and schools look like. Schools That Learn documents good practice in three diverse school districts in Texas, California, and Kentucky. The accompanying discussion guide can open up discussions among educators about how they can get all students achieving at high levels.
(3) Expecting Success: How Standards Raise Student Performance. This 14-minute videotape helps parents understand what standards really mean to their child's education and explains, through the voices of parents, commonly used terms like "standards" and "rubric." The videotape and the accompanying discussion guide are excellent tools for building the relationship between home and school.
Figuring It Out: Standards-Based Reforms in Urban Middle Grades.
Anne C. Lewis describes how six very different urban districts tackled
standards-based reform in their middle schools. She concludes by outlining what
standards based reforms need to continue.
Resource Title: Building Parent Involvement Practitioner
Price: $2 (members), $3 (non-members).
Author: Leon Lynn
Description: May, 1994. This newsletter defines the scope of the challenge, innovative programs in eight urban schools, and Epstein's six types of cooperation among families, schools and other community organizations.
Resource Title: Conducting Effective Conferences with Parents
Price: $54.95 (members), $59.95 (non-members).
Resource Title: The Cornucopia Kids -- Revised Edition
Price: $1.75 (members), $2.75 (non-members).
Author: Bruce A. Baldwin
Description: 1996, 20 pp. Baldwin expands on his popular earlier work with more common sense and thought-provoking suggestions for turning today's teenagers into productive and happy adults. A must for every parent, teacher, and principal.
Resource Title: Creating Our Future: Parents as Partners in Education
Price: $54.95 (members), $59.95 (non-members).
Description: High School Magazine, March 1995. Establishing strong school-home partnerships, preparing students for college success, updating the secondary school business curriculum, evaluating support staff members.
Resource Title: From Information to Interaction: Involving Parents in the Literacy Development of Their Adolescent
Price: $12 (members), $15 (non-members).
Author: James A. Rycik
Description: Bulletin. October 1998.
Resource Title: Gold Files Selected Articles on Parenting
Price: $35.00 each
Description: Each Gold File, assembled by the Bureau of Educational Research and Services at Arizona State University's College of Education, contains approximately 60-100 pages of selected articles that are systematically updated to reflect the most current thinking on the subjects. Topics available include:
Resource Title: Helping Students Develop Self-Motivation: A Sourcebook for Parents and Educators
Author: Donald R. Grossnickle
Description: 1989. 32 pp. Parents and educators must work together to provide opportunities for students to develop self-motivation and self-management skills. This book is a blueprint for working with students.
Resource Title: Helping Your Kid Make The Grade
Author: Sandy Dornbusch
Description: 1986. 12 pp. A university professor teamed up with high school principals to find out how family life affects school performance. This booklet describes their conclusions and suggests how educators and parents can help students make the grade.
Resource Title: How To Improve Parent-Teacher Conferences: A Guide for Parents from the Principal
Price: $2 (members), $3 (non-members).
Author: Les Potter
Description: From Tips for Principals, March 1996.
Resource Title: Schools in the Middle
Price: Each issue is $5.00 (Members), $7.00 (Non-members).
Description: Publication of the NASSP. Some issues specific to parent involvement include "Parental Involvement." September/October 1997. "Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in the Middle Grades." Schools in the Middle. March 1999. "Families Play a Role.". May/June 1999.
NASBE Policy Clearinghouse
2121 Crystal Drive Suite #350
Arlington VA 22202
Web Address: www.nasbe.org
Resource Title: Caring Communities: Report of the National Task Force on School Readiness
Description: 1991, 56 pp. This report redefines school readiness and presents a vision for what schools, communities, families, and federal and state governments must do if the nation is to meet the important national goal of ensuring that every child comes to school ready to learn. The Task Force was chaired by then-governor Bill Clinton.
Resource Title: Creating Good Schools for Young Children: Right from the Start
Description: 1995, 48 pp. This is a study of 11 developmentally appropriate elementary school programs based on the principles set out in Right from the Start. It provides detailed descriptions of the programs, looks at how they were developed, gives results in terms of student achievement and other indicators, and reviews the lessons learned.
Resource Title: Online Reports and Policy Briefs on Family Involvement
Description: NASBE has published the following reports and policy briefs concerning family involvement:
Resource Title: Right from the Start
Description: 1988, 55 pp. This is a report of NASBE's Early Childhood Education Task Force, which held hearings and visited schools in four cities to gather information on the status of early childhood learning. Now in its sixth printing, this seminal work calls for developmentally appropriate, ungraded elementary school units to serve children 4-8 and for new partnerships between schools and early childhood programs and community agencies.
Resource Title: Winning Ways: Creating Inclusive Schools, Classrooms, and Communities
Description: 1995, 48 pp. This follow-up report to Winners All takes an in-depth look at the roles a variety of groups and organizations (including teachers, parents, board members, administrators, and higher education) can play in promoting inclusive education. Based on individual interviews and focus group discussions with people actually involved in creating inclusive educational settings, Winning Ways provides each group with recommendations, strategies for action, and pitfalls to be avoided.
700 11th Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Web Address: www.ncee.org
Resource Title: Speaking & Listening for preschool through the third grade
Description: Book/CD-ROM from New Standards®. This resource spells out the skills children need to learn in preschool, in kindergarten and 1st grade, and know by 2nd and 3rd grade. It answers these questions for early childhood educators and childcare providers: How do children develop speaking and listening skills? Why is talking so important? What should children talk about — and why? What instruction helps children develop into competent — and confident — speakers?
Resource Title: New Standards® Primary Literacy Standards
Description: The New Standards Primary Literacy Standards give teachers and parents examples of the kind of reading and writing that children should be able to do in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Drawn from real classrooms, these work samples even include a CD-ROM of recordings of children reading specially identified books that allow adults to rate their progress against the standards. The New Standards Primary Literacy Standards are an unprecedented set of grade-by-grade expectations in reading and writing for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. They state what primary grade students should know and be able to do, and how well they should be able to perform. The Primary Literacy Standards challenge traditional classroom practice by giving equal weight to the teaching of reading and writing, linking the skills in one to the other.
Resource Title: What Parents Need to Know About Reading and Writing
Description: Parents want to help their children become better readers and writers. To be able to do this, parents have to know what the standards are and how good is good enough when it comes to reading and writing in the primary grades. To help parents, New StandardsTM has created a clearly written and vividly illustrated handbook for parents. What parents need to know about reading & writing provides examples of what books children should be reading and samples of how they should be writing for grades kindergarten through third grade. At each grade level, the handbook provides tips that can help children meet their grade level expectations. These tips are displayed as a convenient, tear-out poster at the back of the handbook. With the information in this handbook, parents can make reading and writing a fun family experience. This handbook is a companion to the award-winning Reading & Writing: grade by grade — primary literacy standards for kindergarten through third grade
Resource Title: New Standards(TM) Student Performance Standards
Price: Complete set (Elementary, Middle School, High School, Video) $120.00, any individual volume plus video is $45.00. Video only, $8.00.
Description: The performance standards are the result of a two-year effort to make standards operational. They not only provide clear expectations for student achievement, but also include numerous examples of student work that show what work that meets standards looks like. These standards are the basis of the New Standards assessment system. Published in three volumes – elementary, middle, and high school, each volume contains performance standards for English language arts, mathematics, science, and applied learning. A unique feature of the standards is a video showing standard setting work for the "speaking and listening" standard. The video shows how each student performance is linked to the standards and why that performance counts as standard-setting.
Resource Title: America's Choice Curriculum and Instruction Materials for New Standards(TM)
Price: $8.00 each
Description: "How will the adoption of the New Standards Performance Standards or other state and local standards change my instruction and curriculum?" Classroom teachers with this query find that much is written about standards reform in general, but very little of it deals with how standards impact a classroom, its rituals, routines, procedures, artifacts, and the instructional strategies that enable students to progress toward achieving standards. These booklets describe a composite of "best practices" from successful standards-based classrooms at the elementary and secondary levels.
Resource Title: Ramping-Up: Secondary Students as Writers
Description: Ramping-Up exercises are designed for use with secondary school students who have no history as writers and little, if any, interest in writing. The aim of Ramping-Up is simple: accelerate the students to the point where they can merge with the flow of their regular standards-based classroom and successfully handle demanding curriculum at their grade level. Ramping-Up is a cumulative sequence of five sets of writing exercises that are organized in such a way that the skills developed in previous exercises are reinforced and synthesized with new skills worked out in later activities. Th final assignment is not simply another exercise – it is a synthesis of all of the exercises and the culminating event of a series of exercises that work together to create a particular kind of writing experience. It is an experience aimed at generating confidence, fluency and skill in student writers who up to this point have had difficulty writing in the classroom.
Resource Title: Thinking for a Living – Education and the Wealth of Nations
Author: Ray Marshall and Marc Tucker
Description: You'll immediately understand how this groundbreaking book found its way to the top of the most influential American policymaker's reading lists - including President Bill Clinton's, who recommended the book to his entire staff. Why the widespread popularity? Because authors Ray Marshall and National Center on Education and the Economy President Marc Tucker present the most timely and compelling report available on the current state of our education system, and the enormous chasm that needs to be crossed between our students' preparedness and their abilities to function in a new economy. The need for education reform is real, the timeline is urgent, and the necessity for families, communities, and businesses to maximize the skills of future workers will never have a greater impact on our quality of life.
211 East Seventh Street
Austin TX 78701
Contact: Lucy Wood
Web Address: www.sedl.org/connections/
Resource Title: Emerging Issues in School, Family, and Community Connections
Author: Catherine Jordan, Amy Averett, Deborah Donnelly, Marilyn Fowler, Margaret Myers, Evangelina Orozco, Lacy Wood
Description: This research synthesis is the first in a series that will examine key issues in the field of family and community connections with schools. The issues highlighted in this synthesis represent critical areas of work in family and community connections with schools where clarification, agreement, and further development are needed, as well as promising new directions that are emerging. It is based on a review of over 160 publications.
Resource Title: National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools Annotated Bibliography 2001
Description: This publication is an annotated bibliography of recent journal articles, books, reports, conference papers and proceedings, and literature reviews related to school, family, and community connections. Researchers and practitioners can use this bibliography as a tool for accessing current research-based information, theory, and practice. This bibliography is also available as a searchable database on the Center's website.
Resource Title: Creating Collaborative Action Teams
Price: Masters $225.00; CD-ROM of all materials (English only) $39.95; Print and CD-ROM package $250.00
Author: Catherine Jordan, Amy Averett, Jerry Elder, Evangelina Orozco, Zena Rudo
Description: This guide and toolkit consist of activities and resources that individuals, school districts, and other organizations can use to build partnerships between home, school, community, and students. Developed and tested with 22 different local sites over five years, these materials guide participants through a five-stage Collaborative Action Team development process. Materials are available in English, Spanish, and on CD-ROM
Resource Title: Thriving Together: Connecting Rural School Improvement and Community Development
Price: $39.95 (Print materials, English or Spanish), $29.95 CD-ROM (English only)
Author: Martha Boethel
Description: Thriving Together is designed to give practitioners the background information and basic tools needed to get started with a joint school-community development effort. It includes worksheets to help you get started with your project and an extensive resources section to link you to other organizations and publications. Available in English, Spanish, and on CD-ROM.
325 West Main Street
Louisville KY 40202
Voice: 502-584-1133 x134
Contact: Brenda W. Logan, Director School Reform Initiatives
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.famlit.org
Resource Title: Training
Price: See Website
Description: The National Center for Family Literacy is the premiere organization for the delivery of family literacy training. Emphasizing the most recent language and literacy research, our training distills proven methods into practical solutions.
Resource Title: PACT Time in the Elementary School Video Kit
Description: PACT Time in the Elementary School Video Kit This video kit provides teachers and/or parents the opportunity to see PACT Time for school-age children (ages 5-12)in action. The kit includes one 12-minute video, one facilitator's guide, 10 participants' manuals, and 20 completion certificates. It is designed to facilitate both an overview training session and a more in-depth training session for those who are interested in implementing interactive literacy activities with parents and children in the elementary school setting. (2001)
Resource Title: Pathways: A Primer for Family Literacy Program Design and Development
Description: This practical guide traces the steps for starting and maintaining a quality family literacy program, from initial community assessment to strategies for success that include evaluation, recruitment and retention, and raising public awareness. The book offers insights to program planning based on 10 years experience in family literacy implementation and training.
Resource Title: Stories of Impact: Improving Parent Involvement Through Family Literacy in the Elementary School
Description: This inspiring and practical book examines how famiy literacy impacts children's outcomes by increasing parent involvement and helping parents improve their own skills. The book also provides real program examples of blended funding opportunities and success stories from the Toyota Families in Schools program implemented in 45 Title I schools across the nation.
George Washington University
2121 K Street NW
Washington DC 20037
Contact: Monica R. Martinez, Director for Outreach
Web Address: www.centerforcsri.org
Resource Title: Step by Step
Description: A part of the NCCSR web site designed to help people who are thinking about school change with their planning and research. School change is a multi-faceted process involving many steps, and this collection of tools is for educators to use during the multiple stages of the change process. This site presents a suggested progression for the reform process.
1111 19th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Web Address: www.nclr.org
Resource Title: Academia del Pueblo: Math and Science
Description: 600 pp. Part of the Project EXCEL series, ADP-MAS aims to increase and strengthen informal math and science education opportunities for Hispanic elementary school students. ADP-MAS is designed to be implemented by community-based teachers and para-educators in collaboration with neighborhood schools. Curriculum highlights include Nuestro Mundo Creativo (Our Creative World) work stations, which feature connections between the lessons presented and the arts. Literature Links connect math and science to stories, poetry and picture books, and Parent Links tie home experiences to classroom learning. Available in English with English and Spanish student handouts.
Resource Title: Job Readiness Tool Kit
Description: 240 pp. The Job Readiness Tool Kit is a unique resource for community-based job readiness programs serving Latino youth and adults. Lesson plans guide instructors through culturally-relevant, interactive exercises for job training workshops or entire courses. Lessons use worksheets, discussions, research, interviews with peers or mentors, role-plays, group projects, presentations, self-assessment exercises, and games. The Tool Kit addresses: Getting Started and Motivated; Self-Assessment and Promotion; Job Search and Selection; Applying for the Job; Getting Ahead in the Workplace; Problem-Solving At Work; and Career Planning. The Tool Kit was made possible by a grant from the Coors Brewing Company. Available in both English and Spanish.
Resource Title: Project Success
Description: 870 pp. Part of the Project EXCEL series, Project Success is an after-school academic enrichment curriculum for at-risk adolescents. Law-related education (LRE), in the context of citizenship in a constitutional democracy, is the central focus of this curriculum. Students will be exposed to constitutional, consumer, and housing law, as well as some aspects of criminal law. Available in English with English and Spanish student handouts.
Resource Title: Sabemos y Podemos: Learning for Social Action
Description: 220 pp. In the Sabemos y Podemos: Learning for Social Action curriculum, "power" means using language and literacy skills, not as ends in themselves, but as a means to social action. A resource for ESL, Literacy, or Adult Basic Education programs, Sabemos y Podemos explores: school success for Latino children, expanding work options and improving working conditions for Latinos, and identifying community issues that might range from tenant concerns to police harassment. It provides guidelines for organizing for change, and for forming alliances with youth, parents, teachers, co-workers, and community members. Funded by Western Union, as part of their Aprender Es Poder education program. Available in both English and Spanish.
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 800-695-0285, 202-884-8200
TTY: (800) 695-0285; (202) 884-8200
Contact: Information Specialist
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.nichcy.org
Resource Title: Categories of Disability Under IDEA Resource
Description: If you want to find out how IDEA defines the disability categories under which a child may be found eligible for services, this publication will tell you. Posted online at: www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHCY%20PUBS/gr3.pdf
Resource Title: Your Child's Evaluation
Description: How schools determine if a student has a disability and is eligible for special education? This 4 pager describes IDEA's requirements for evaluation. Posted online at: www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHCY%20PUBS/GR3/PDF
Resource Title: Questions Often Asked by Parents about Special Education Services
Description: Here is a comprehensive but brief look at the special education process from start to finish, beginning with the question "Why is my child struggling in school?" Posted online at: www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHCY%20PUBS/lg1
Resource Title: Developing Your Child's IEP
Author: Theresa Rebhorn
Description: Written expressly for parents by a parent, this 28-pager gets to the heart and soul of the IEP. It looks at every component of this all-important document. Find it online at: www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHCY%20PUBS/pa12.pdf
Resource Title: Building The Legacy: A Training Curriculum On IDEA 2004
Description: The curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities understand and implement the IDEA 2004, the nation's special education law. Available online at www.nichcy.org/Laws/IDEA/Pages/BuildingTheLegacy.aspx
101 Lake Forest Boulevard
Gaithersburg MD 20877
Web Address: www.fatherhood.org
Resource Title: Multicultural Counseling With Teenage Fathers
Author: Mark S. Kiselica, Sage Publications
Description: An up-to-date and in-depth guide for dealing with teenage fathers, this volume provides a framework for responding to not only the general but also the culturally specific needs of any given unwed teen father. Offering perceptive solutions, the author significantly contributes to the existing literature on how to help teenage men who face unplanned, out-of-wedlock fatherhood by providing clear and concise guidance within the web of legal, family and personal issues surrounding teenage fatherhood. The book examines the role of the teenage father's relationships - to his parents, his child, the mother of his child and her parents, and his peers - as they relate to his adjustment and changing worldview. While sensitive to cultural considerations, Multicultural Counseling with Teenage Fathers illuminates ways in which to encourage teenage fathers to take control of their lives and act responsibly regardless of cultural background.
Resource Title: Coaching for Fatherhood
Author: Lewis Epstein, New Horizon Press
Description: Coaching for Fatherhood outlines a step by step method to revitalize fatherhood, utilizing family histories and participants. It expands men's visions of themselves and the families that formed them. Through it, men can learn to actively participate in their present families, develop a stronger sense of themselves, and become truly involved in their children's lives.
1651 Prince St
Alexandria VA 22314
Web Address: www.nhsa.org
Resource Title: Parent Involvement: A Training Manual for Head Start Staff
Description: This new staff-focused training manual includes exercises to use in your staff development and training workshops and instructions on how to conduct an ongoing peer group for social services and parent involvement staffs.
Resource Title: The V2K Tool Kit for Voter Participation: A Voter Participation and Lobbying Guide for Head Start Parents, Staff, and Friends
Description: With nearly 18 million former Head Start children and their families nationwide, and more than 835,000 children in the Program today, the Head Start community stands to make a major impact in the upcoming elections. This user-friendly guide shows you how to make your voice heard.
4151 Executive Parkway
Westerville OH 43081
Contact: Betty Edwards, Executive Director
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.nmsa.org
Resource Title: Keys to Reengaging Families in the Education of Young Adolescents
Price: $20.00 (NMSA members: $16.00)
Author: Hazel Loucks and Jan Waggoner
Description: This comprehensive resource includes abundant suggestions and materials to help answer a critical need documented by decades of research and the experiences of educators nationwide. Every middle school should have this tool available as efforts to increase communication with families are implemented. Pull-out sections may be used as stand-alone handouts, communication enhancers for newsletters, supplements for parent-teacher conferences, or as general information for community organizations. Spiral bound to facilitate reproduction.
Resource Title: H.E.L.P.
Price: $20.00 for 50 brochures (NMSA members: $16.00)
Author: Judith Baenen
Description: Parents of young adolescents are worried. But now there's H.E.L.P. Beginning with the exhortation, "get ready for changes!" H.E.L.P. tells parents what to expect of young adolescents and why, offering compassionate, practical solutions to common problems: forgetting, irritability, power plays, friendships, chores, and more. Sold in packets of 50 for distribution to parents, this affordable pamphlet can make a real difference in students' lives outside the classroom. Also available in Spanish.
Resource Title: Promoting Harmony: Young Adolescent Development and School Practices
Price: $12.00 (NMSA Members: $9.60)
Description: The premise of Promoting Harmony is deceptively simple, "the process of becoming a successful school begins with an understanding of young adolescents and an appreciation of their unique needs." This book shows how teachers, students, and parents can work together in harmony and gives many examples of successful school practices. With chapters on physical, sexual, intellectual, social development, and personal characteristics of young adolescents, this book offers an intimate glimpse into the development of 10- to 15-year-olds and provides essential insights into what their behavior means.
1400 L St NW
Washington DC 20005
Contact: Sheri Johnson, Director of Programs
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.pta.org
Resource Title: Building Successful Partnerships: National PTA's Parent Involvement Initiative
Description: Schools with strong parent involvement programs experience profound benefits for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Research shows that when parents are involved in students' education, those students generally have higher grades and test scores, better attendance, and more consistently completed homework. Building Successful Partnerships is a multifaceted program focused on increasing awareness and implementation of the National Standards for Parent /Family Involvement Programs. This implementation guidebook is a comprehensive resource for parents, educators, communities, schools, designed to provide the foundation for developing a quality parent involvement program.
Resource Title: National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Booklet
Description: Voluntary guidelines to strengthen parent and family involvement on behalf of children in schools and other programs. The six standards and their quality indicators provide PTAs, schools, and communities with the components that are needed for highly effective parent/family involvement programs.
Resource Title: Our Children
Price: $10 (Members), $20 (Non-Members)
Description: The official magazine of National PTA. Published bimonthly, it provides information and ideas on how to make households, neighborhoods, schools, and communities better places for children. Our Children offers a variety of exciting new features and columns, including "Our PTA," a special center section devoted entirely to the work of parents and PTAs across the country, "What's Happening in Washington," information on how to help adults advocate on behalf of children, "Chalkboard," stories told from the perspective of educators, and "Frontlines," the latest news, facts, and people affecting children and youth.
6904 Stonewood Ct.
Rockville MD 20852
Resource Title: Reaching all families: Creating family friendly schools
Author: Oliver Moles, editor
Description: A collection of best practices for schools to welcome and involve families produced by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996, and now available only on the web. Eighteen practices cover introducing school policies and programs, personal contacts, ongoing communications, special practices and programs, and special groups.
P.O. Box 7474
Fairfax Station VA 22039-7474
Contact: Peggy Costello
Contact E-mail: email@example.com
Web Address: www.parent-institute.com
Resource Title: Newsletters for Educators
Description: Ideas Staff Can Use is published in both Elementary and Secondary editions – each addressing the unique parent involvement needs of your school with four full pages of practical programs that work, and downloadable tools. And from our sister company, The Teacher Institute, Better Teaching ® gives both new and veteran teachers inspirational, thought-provoking ideas they can use immediately in their classrooms.
197A Center St.
Dorchester MA 02124
Web Address: www.psinnovation.org
Resource Title: Including Every Parent: A How-To Guide for Engaging and Empowering Parents at Your School
Author: collectively written by teachers and parents from the school
Description: In the 2002-03 school year, PSI worked with a team of teachers and parents from the Patrick O'Hearn School in Dorchester, Massachusetts to explore and document the school's effective parent involvement practices--close to 100% of parents are involved at the O'Hearn in some way. In the how-to book, "Including Every Parent," teachers, administrators, and parents can find a variety of specific strategies for encouraging parents to be present at school, participating in school events, partnering in their children's education, and empowered to lead their own initiatives for school improvement.
1815 N. Ft. Myer Drive
Arlington VA 22209
Contact: Bob Witherspoon
Web Address: www.rmcresearchcorporation.com
Resource Title: 7 Themes: Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in the Middle Grades
Description: Parent, family, and community involvement in the middle grades is changing due to educational restructuring and reform. Read about some promising practices and successful models in this booklet.
Resource Title: Parents Ask About...
Description: Not sure what to ask about when you visit your child's Title I or classroom teacher? You're not alone. Title I can be a complicated subject. Reading through these five parent brochures will help you better understand Title I and what it means to be a parent of a Title I student.
A Project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation
697 Pomfret Street
PO Box 203
Pomfret CT 06258
Contact: vL. (Sally) Campbell, Senior Program Director
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Address: www.studycircles.org
Resource Title: Changing Faces, Changing Communities: Immigration & race, jobs, schools, and language differences
Price: $5.00 print copy
Description: A multi-session discussion guide designed to help communities face the challenges and meet the opportunities raised by the arrival of newcomers; includes pointers on how to involve public officials. (1998)
Resource Title: Confronting Violence in Our Communities: A Guide for Involving Citizens in Public Dialogue and Problem Solving
Price: $5.00 print copy
Description: A four-session discussion guide examining how violence affects our lives, what causes violence, and what can be done in neighborhoods and in schools. (1994)
Resource Title: Youth Issues, Youth Voices: A Guide for Engaging Youth and Adults in Public Dialogue and Problem Solving
Price: $5.00 print copy
Description: A multiple-session discussion guide to help young people and adults address the community issues which involve and impact them. (1996)
Resource Title: Where a diverse community comes together to make schools better for all
Price: $1.50 print copy
Description: In a school district of more than 140,000 students with 160 nationalities represented, study circles provide a bridge for Montgomery County Public Schools to reach out to people of all backgrounds, and a way for schools and community to work together to improve education for all students. (2006)
Resource Title: Montgomery County, Md., Public School Study Circles (DVD)
Description: A video highlighting the efforts of Montgomery County Public Schools (Md.) Study Circles Program to address racism and student achievement in the district's schools and community. (6 minutes) DVD
Resource Title: Education: How can Schools and Communities Work Together to Meet the Challenge?
Price: $5.00 print copy
Description: A multiple-session discussion guide including recommendations for tailoring the discussion to a particular community or organization's concerns (1997)
Resource Title: Helping Every Student Succeed: Schools and Communities Working Together
Price: $5.00 print copy
Description: A four-session discussion guide to help schools and communities improve academic achievement for all students. (2002)
Resource Title: Building Strong Neighborhoods: A Study Guide for Public Dialogue and Community Problem Solving
Price: $5.00 print copy
Description: A four-session discussion guide on many important neighborhood issues including: race and other kinds of differences; young people and families; safety and community-police relations; homes, housing and beautification; jobs and neighborhood economy; and schools. (1998)
PO Box 73038
Washington DC 20056-3038
Contact: America Calderon, Jill Weiler
Contact E-mail: Acalderon@teachingforchange.org
Web Address: www.teachingforchange.org
Resource Title: Between Families and Schools: Creating Meaningful Relationships
Description: 60 pp. A user-friendly, action-oriented guide to meaningful family involvement Offers practical suggestions for those intent on improving family-school relationships, challenging readers to rethink traditional notions of "parent involvement" and supporting them to collaborate with other key stakeholders for change. This 60-page booklet is the result of a year-long action research project conducted by parents, teachers and a student in Washington D.C.
Resource Title: Life Treasures from the Heart of a Child
Description: Student stories from the diverse community of Bruce-Monroe Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
Resource Title: Teaching for Change Catalog
Description: Multicultural resources that suggest ways that educators can address the lessons or "hidden curriculum" about race, class and gender that students learn from school.
5729 Cloverland Place
Brentwood TN 37027
Contact: Virginia Schmidt, Director, Public Relations
Web Address: www.bowdoinmethod.com
Resource Title: Bowdoin Method I
Description: Nationally validated curriculum for parenting children 3-7 years. Games, videos and activities reinforce the parenting skills of "at risk" families in a fun and effective manner. Ten subjects prepare parents for their children's success in school and in life. Researched and developed for parents with a second/third grade reading level, this basic skills approach is also available in Spanish.
Resource Title: Bowdoin Method II
Description: A continuation of the nationally validated Bowdoin I series, with emphasis on character education, good citizenship and expanding "at risk" children's reading and math skills. The "easy to read" parent books, videos and games cover 7 important topics for parenting today in a fun and engaging manner. Appropriate for parenting children 5-12 years of age.
Resource Title: Parent Involvement Resource Manual
Description: Developed by a national recognized Title I Director and parent education advocate, this manual provides enjoyable ideas for parent activities, handouts and workshops. A must for Title I programs, it comes complete with Federal Guidelines for Parent Education Programs and effective strategies for encouraging parent participation. This simple and easy-to-use manual is a practical source of information for all parenting programs.
Resource Title: Your Baby Talks To You
Description: Parenting infants birth to 3 years. This Interactive curriculum includes "hands-on" games, video and activities for fun and informative classes, and is especially successful with teen parents. This basic skills curriculum is multicultural and developed for "at risk" parents to meet their child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs.
* indicates individuals actively participating in NCPIE whose organizations are not members