Putting Partnerships Into Practice

Resources for Parent Education

There are currently 73 resource(s) for Parent Education in the NCPIE database.

To order a resource, please contact its publishing organization.

Grandparent Information Center
601 E Street NW
Washington DC 20049
Voice: 800-424-3410
Fax: 202-434-6470
Web Address: www.aarp.org/grandparents/

Resource Title: Parenting Grandchildren: A Voice for Grandparents
Price: Free
Description: A newsletter written to meet the needs of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and professionals who serve them.

Alaska Parent Information and Resource Center
210 Ferry
Juneau AK 99801
Voice: 907.586.6806
Fax: 907.463-3811
Contact: Julie Staley
Contact E-mail: julies@serrc.org
Web Address: www.akpirc.org

Resource Title: PowerPoint trainings for families
Price: Free
Author: AKPIRC
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.

American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001
Voice: 202-393-4272
Fax: 202-393-6371
Contact: Rosalind LaRocque
Contact E-mail: rlarocqu@aft.org
Web Address: www.aft.org

Resource Title: Helping Your Child Succeed: How Parents Can Work with Schools and Communities to Help their Children Meet High Standards
Price: Free
Description: The second in the Helping your Child Succeed series, this covers relations between the family and the community, with topics about monitoring your child's part time job, supporting zero tolerance for violence, etc.

Resource Title: Helping Your Child Succeed: What Parents & Families Can Do at Home to Help their Children Meet High Standards
Price: Free
Description: The first in the Helping your Child Succeed pamphlet series, this offers tips to use at home to help children achieve success at school.

ASPIRA Association, Inc.
1444 I Street NW
Suite 800
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-835-3600 Ext. 114
Fax: 202-835-3613
Contact: Hilda Crespo, Vice President, Public Policy
Contact E-mail: hcrespo@aspira.org
Web Address: www.aspira.org

Resource Title: The APEX Workshop Series Manual and Facilitators Guide
Price: $85.00
Description: The APEX Workshop series has 10 workshops which address parent training. They promote parent engagement in their children's education and in the leaderhip structure of their schools. Also included is a Facilitator's guide available in both English or Spanish.

Resource Title: Making the Most of Your Child's Education: A Guide for Parents
Price: $5.00 each
Description: An easy to read introductory curriculum on parent involvement written specificcaly for Hispanic parents.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
1703 N Beauregard
Alexandria VA 22311
Voice: 703-575-5610
Fax: 703-575-5408
Contact: Barbara Gleason
Web Address: www.ascd.org

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.

Center for Law and Education
1875 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 510
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-986-3000
Fax: 202-986-6648
Web Address: cleweb.org

Resource Title: Parents are Powerful
Price: $2. Bulk orders available for as low as $1 per copy.
Description: 32 pages. 1997. A full-color guide written for a general parent audience, it gives parents practical advice to guide their children from preschool through high school. It also informs them of their rights and what to expect from key federal programs like Title I, IDEA, and Vocational Education. Available in Spanish.

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.

Center for Parent Leadership
at the Prichard Committee
PO Box 1658
Lexington KY 40588-1658
Voice: 859-233-9849, ext. 227
Fax: 859-233-0760
Contact: Molly Toney
Contact E-mail: mtoney@prichardcommittee.org
Web Address: www.centerforparentleadership.org

Resource Title: Parents and Teachers Talking Together Facilitators Guide
Price: $75

Responding to the growing need for increased parent and teacher communication, the Center for Parent Leadership has created a workshop and trainer's guide that enable parent leaders, community organizers and educators to fortify relationships between parents and teachers through focused discussions on how they can work together to improve education in their community.

Parents and Teachers Talking Together encourages communication by addressing two important questions:

  • What do we want for our students?
  • What do we need to do to get what we want for our students?

The guide takes users through a four-hour meeting where these issues are discussed. And it shows how groups are using the exercise to identify shared concerns and priorities and set in motion the solutions required to make a real difference for students.

Resource Title: No Child Left Behind: What's In It For Parents
Price: $15
Author: Anne Henderson
Description: CPL's guide, No Child Left Behind: What’s in it for Parents, spotlights six key leverage points in the law that parents can use to: get information about school and student performance; use the information to influence education policies and programs; and hold schools more accountable for results. In easy-to-understand terms, parents will learn which schools are affected by the law — plus how, when, and what they can do to advocate for better schools and quality teaching. “As a parent leader, you want to be at the table when your school is addressing such issues as closing the achievement gaps between different groups of students, recruiting and keeping highly-qualified teachers, or school safety,” said the guide’s author, Anne Henderson, an expert on parent engagement and community organizing.

Resource Title: The Case for Parent Leadership
Price: $10

When parents have information, skills and organizational support, they are enabled to become decision making partners in their local schools.

Readers of the Case for Parent Leadership will find:

  • The research-based rationale about how parent leadership programs can help educators deliver on the promise of standards-based reform
  • Examples of successful parent leadership in action from inner-city New York to rural Kentucky
  • Checklists and mini-quizzes to gauge how parent-friendly your schools are
  • The differences among a Fortress School, Come-if-we-Call School and a Partnership School
  • Practical advice for parents, educators and policymakers on what they can do—right now—to promote the kind of parent involvement that will have a sustained impact on student learning.

Center for the Development of Schools and Communities
1201 Columbia Road NW
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-328-5412
Fax: 202-328-9411
Contact: Anne Bouie, Ph.D.
Contact E-mail: cdsc1@aol.com

Resource Title: How to Help Your Child Succeed in School
Price: varies
Author: Anne Bouie, Ph.D.
Description: This is a learning experience designed for parents and families. The work includes interactive sessions that help families learn how to support their children, work with teachers and become involved in the life of the school.

Children's Aid Society
105 East 22nd Street
New York NY 10010
Voice: 212-949-4800
Fax: 917-286-1580
Contact: Sarah Jonas, Director of Curriculum
Contact E-mail: sarahj@childrensaidsociety.org
Web Address: www.childrensaidsociety.org

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.

Council for Exceptional Children
1110 North Glebe Road
Arlington VA 22201
Voice: 800-224-6830
Fax: 703-620-4334
Contact: Deb Ziegler, Associate Executive Director
Web Address: www.cec.sped.org

Resource Title: Raising Your Child to Be Gifted: Successful Parents Speak!
Price: $16.80 (CEC Members $11.76)
Author: James Reed Campbell

Resource Title: Successfully Parenting Your Baby with Special Needs
Price: $49.95
Description: This new video will both educate and encourage parents who are expecting or have given birth to a baby with special needs. Both parents and experts in the field of pediatrics explain early intervention. Compassionate testimonials from parents, grandparents, and professionals underscore the need to teach parents in utilizing the early intervention approach. The success stories of babies with special needs who are thriving as a result of early intervention offer inspiration and guidance.

EPIC -- Every Person Influences Children, Inc.
1000 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14202
Voice: 716-332-4100
Fax: 716-332-4101
Contact: Vito Borrello
Contact E-mail: borrellov@epicforchildren.org
Web Address: www.epicforchildren.org

Resource Title: Just for Teens Parent & Facilitator Manuals
Price: $30.00-$45.00
Author: EPIC
Description: Just for Teens curriculum addresses the needs of participants as teens & as parents. Activities ranging from 30-60 minutes cover 24 topics in 4 main areas: Fundamental Parenting Skills, Bonding with Your Child, Relationships, & Personal Well-being.

Resource Title: EPIC Parenting Manuals
Price: $15.00-$20.00
Author: EPIC
Description: EPIC offers programs for Parents of Infants and Toddlers, Parents of Young Children, Parents of Young Adolescents, and a Family Literacy Series - Ready, Set, Read. Manuals provide activities and information to help parents raise responsible children.

Families and Work Institute
330 Seventh Avenue
New York NY 10001
Voice: 212-465-2044
Fax: 212-465-8637
Contact: Ellen Galinsky
Web Address: www.familiesandwork.org

Resource Title: Ask the Children
Price: Paperback - Pub. #V99-01P $14.00, Hardcover - Pub. #V99-01 $25.00
Author: Ellen Galinsky
Description: 1999. This study reveals surprising new facts and comprehensive practical ideas for the millions of mothers and fathers struggling to manage work and family life. Ask the Children is the first book to ask children what they really think about work, family, and many other topics. Parents will hear children's perceptions and opinions - both reassuring and insightful. Ellen Galinsky proposes a new conceptual model for understanding how work and family affect our lives.

Hispanic Policy Development Project
122 East 42nd Street
42nd Floor
New York NY 10168
Voice: 202-822-8414
Contact: Siobhan O. Nicolau, President

Resource Title: You're a Parent . . . You're a Teacher, Too. Join the Education Team.
Description: Parent booklets that contain empathetic messages in English to U.S. Hispanic families explaining the importance of families in education and how families can work with the schools their children attend.

MegaSkills Education Center of the Home and School Institute
1500 Massachusetts Ave NW
Special Projects Office/Ste. 042
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-466-3633
Fax: 202-833-1400
Contact: Dorothy Rich, President
Web Address: www.MegaSkillsHSI.org

Resource Title: Age and grade differentiated MegaSkills Books: new for 2003
Price: check with Institute for kit pricing
Description: Age and grade differentiated MegaSkills Books new for 2003:
Preschool MegaSkills
Early Elementary MegaSkills
Upper Elementary MegaSkills
Middle School MegaSKills
School-Home Connections
Administrator Guide

Resource Title: MegaSkills Staff and Family Libraries
Author: Institute staff
Description: Institute school and family libraries include:
MegaSkills: 3rd and 2nd Editions
Spanish/English Handbook
What Do We Say? What Do We Do?
Nurturing the Educational Leader Within You
Survival Guide for Today's Parents and related titles

Resource Title: MegaSkills Leader Training for Parent Involvement
Price: Training Fees
Author: Dorothy Rich and Harriett Stonehill
Description: MegaSkills Leader Training for Parent Involvement provides training and complete content for a comprehensive series of workshops for parents. The instruction focuses on how MegaSkills can help parents support children's learning at home in partnership with school programs and provides grade coded home, academic learning for parents to do with children. Trainer of trainer is available.

Mississippi Forum on Children and Families
737 N. President Street
Jackson MS 39202
Voice: 601-355-4911
Fax: 601-355-4813
Contact: Jill Ivey Dent
Contact E-mail: jillivey@mfcf.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.

Montana Parent Information and Resource Center Network
127 N. Higgins
Suite 307
Missoula MT 59802
Voice: 800-914-1927
Fax: 406-721-4584
Contact: Barbara Riley
Contact E-mail: briley@montanapirc.org
Web Address: www.montanapirc.org

Resource Title: MPIRC Online Newsletter
Price: Free
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 info@montanapirc.org with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
1509 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 800-424-2460
Fax: 202-328-1846
Contact: Davida McDonald, Policy Coordinator
Contact E-mail: dmcdonald@naeyc.org
Web Address: www.naeyc.org

Resource Title: Family-Friendly Communication for Early Childhood Programs
Price: $10.00
Author: D. Diffily, K. Morrison
Description: This practical book puts into your hands engaging messages on topics ranging from biting to the role of play. Tailor these to your program or use them as-is in newsletters, handouts, or other family communiques. Plus, dozens of strategies for bringing parents on board as full, knowledgeable partners in your program.

Resource Title: Raising a Reader, Raising a Writer: How Parents Can Help (brochure)
Price: $0.50/ $12.00 (100 or more)
Description: This appealing brochure is designed to raise parents' awareness of the many enjoyable, no-pressure ways they can contribute to their children's earliest literacy experiences.

National Association of Elementary School Principals
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-684-3345
Fax: 703-548-6021
Contact: Raven Padgett, Director of Communications and Public Information
Contact E-mail: rpadgett@naesp.org
Web Address: www.naesp.org

Resource Title: Success Starts at Home - Booklet
Price: NAESP Member: $10.00; Non-member (N/M): $14.50
Author: NAESP and World Book, Inc.
Description: All parents want the best for their youngsters. Most are doing their best. But all parents can use concrete suggestions on how to better support education at home. This bright new 15-page brochure outlines five effective steps to help children do their best. Parents are given many suggestions as they are reminded to:
  • Ask their children about their school work, feelings, and activities often
  • Praise children's accomplishments and build confidence with proper praise
  • Participate in education at home and school, with an emphasis on reading
  • Make learning a life-long process, showing schoolwork's value
  • Expect success, responsibility, follow-through; have high expectations.
Boost your school's success by furnishing parents with the friendly, practical information in this brochure. Sold in packs of 25.

National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway
Suite 402
Bethesda MD 20814
Voice: 301-657-0270
Fax: 301-657-0275
Web Address: www.nasponline.org

Resource Title: Communique For Parents
Description: NASP's Newsletter for parents. Includes articles on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), social skills and grade retention.

Resource Title: Handbook of Parent Training: Parents as Co-Therapists For Children's Behavior Problems, 2nd Edition
Price: $85.95
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: Helping Children at Home and School: Handouts From Your School Psychologist
Price: $70.00, $60.00 (Members), 7 or More, $51.00.
Author: Edited by Andrea S. Canter and Servio A. Carroll
Description: 1998, 630 pages . This collection of the parent/teacher handouts published each month in Communique has quickly become one of NASPs most popular items. This amazingly useful resource from NASP contains over 150 reproducible handouts, in a sturdy three-ring binder, usable when working with students, parents, teachers and other colleagues. Annotated bibliographies are listed on topics such as parenting and Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual issues, What is a School Psychologist? in English and Spanish, and a selection of NASPs positions statements. This is the ideal tool for all your professional and home-school collaborative purposes.

Resource Title: Home-School Collaboration: Enhancing Children's Academic and Social Competence
Price: $85.95
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.

Resource Title: Should My Child Repeat A Grade?
Price: Free
Description: Brochure to help parents with retention decisions.

Resource Title: Solve Your Child's School-Related Problems
Price: $18.00
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
Price: $13.00
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.

National Association of Secondary School Principals
1904 Association Drive
Reston VA 22090
Voice: 703-860-0200
Fax: 703-476-5362
Contact: Josephine Franklin
Contact E-mail: franklinj@principals.org
Web Address: www.nassp.org

Resource Title: All Kids Can Learn Toolkit
Price: $45.00
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.

(4) 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: 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.

National Center for Education and the Economy
700 11th Street NW
Suite 750
Washington DC 20001
Voice: 202-783-3668
Fax: 202-783-3672
Web Address: www.ncee.org

Resource Title: Speaking & Listening for preschool through the third grade
Price: $45.00
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: Ramping-Up: Secondary Students as Writers
Price: $25.00
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.

National Center for Family Literacy
325 West Main Street
Suite 300
Louisville KY 40202
Voice: 502-584-1133 x134
Fax: 502-584-0172
Contact: Brenda W. Logan, Director School Reform Initiatives
Contact E-mail: blogan@famlit.org
Web Address: www.famlit.org

Resource Title: Recruitment and Retention for Family Literacy Programs Kit
Price: $55
Description: Tools, resources and guidance that every literacy program needs. This kit includes a guidebook filled with straightforward ideas for engaging adult students and keeping them motivated.

National Community Education Association
3929 Old Lee Highway
Suite 91-A
Fairfax VA 22030
Voice: 703-359-8973
Fax: 703-359-0972
Contact: Beth Robertson
Contact E-mail: brobertson@ncea.com
Web Address: www.ncea.com

Resource Title: The "Hard-to-Reach" Parent: Old Challenges, New Insights
Price: Single copy: $11.95, 2–9 copies: $9.95, 10 or more: $7.95
Author: Renee White-Clark and Larry Decker
Description: The popular stereotype of "at risk" families is that the adults are unemployed and the family is on welfare. The truth is that two-thirds of the people on welfare are working: 38 percent of poor families receive no public cash assistance at all. Some poor parents do experience unspeakable hardships, but the faith and determination of many have enabled them to overcome enormous obstacles to achievement. This monograph provides a realistic view of the "hard-to-reach" and gives insights for getting parents involved in the education of their children.

National Crime Prevention Council
1000 Connecticut Ave., NW
Thirteenth Floor
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 202-261-4160
Fax: 202-296-1356
Contact: Meghan Sharp, Program Manager
Contact E-mail: msharp@ncpc.org
Web Address: www.ncpc.org

Resource Title: Be Safe and Sound - School Safety Resources
Price: Free
Description: NCPC's Be Safe & Sound campaign is an effort to get parents and caregivers involved in increasing the safety and security of their children’s schools. To that end, NCPC has produced two resources: "Caregivers’ Guide to School Safety and Security," and "School Safety and Security Toolkit: A Guide for Parents, Schools, and Communities." Visit www.ncpc.org/besafe for more information and to sign up for our newsletter.

Resource Title: Children's Website: McGruff.org
Description: McGruff.org is a resource for both parents and children. Children can have fun while learning about safety; the site provides comic books, puzzles, and quizzes on a variety of issues from bullying to smoking and drugs to internet safety. Parents will find important tips and information that will help them teach their children how to be safer at home and in the community.

Resource Title: McGruff Strategies Center
Price: Free
Description: The McGruff Strategies Center is a "virtual institute" created to expose crime prevention advocates to examples of others' successes. This online forum and resource center is a platform for communities to tell their crime prevention story. It was developed on the premise that the key to effective crime prevention is cooperation and coordination among the criminal justice, social, economic, family, and other systems that make up a community. Visit www.ncpc.org/strategies to check it out.

National Fatherhood Initiative
101 Lake Forest Boulevard
Suite 360
Gaithersburg MD 20877
Voice: 301-948-0599
Fax: 301-948-4325
Web Address: www.fatherhood.org

Resource Title: Parents as Mentors
Price: $14.00
Author: Sandra Burt & Linda Perlis
Description: An exciting new way to approach parenting that will make a magical difference in a child's life. Parents as Mentors is not just another parenting book. It is a book that will help every mother and father succeed in the most important undertaking of their lives: shaping the life of their child. This positive and reassuring guide answers many common parenting questions with sensitivity and authority, drawing from the most enduring concepts in research and theory as well as the authors' 27 years of practical parenting. In this hectic age, this book illustrates the most effective ways parents and children can maximize their limited time. The authors provide a plan on how to develop a child's full potential simply by learning to identify, affirm, and develop his or her natural talents and abilities.

National Middle School Association
4151 Executive Parkway
Suite 300
Westerville OH 43081
Voice: 800-528-NMSA
Fax: 614-895-4750
Contact: Betty Edwards, Executive Director
Contact E-mail: bedwards@nmsa.org
Web Address: www.nmsa.org

Resource Title: This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents
Author: National Middle School Association
Description: This new, expanded edition of our association's position paper must be read thoughtfully by every middle level educator, policymaker, parent, and anyone interested in the best thinking about Successful Schools for Young Adolescents, the very apt sub-title. Presenting a vision of a developmentally responsive middle school, this resource opens with a section on the importance of middle level education from the point of view of young adolescents and our changing society. This is followed by the heart of the document, an elaboration of the 14 characteristics of successful middle schools. A Call to Action then provides specific suggestions for using this document as a tool to improve middle level schools. An important concluding feature of This We Believe is a completely rewritten section of the characteristics of young adolescents, prepared by noted scholar, Dr. Peter Scales of the Search Institute. The new This We Believe is truly a significant document that should be read and studies widely and used in every middle school.

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: What is a Middle School?
Price: $15.00 for 50 brochures (NMSA Members: $12.00)
Description: Order online at www.nmsa.org or by calling 1-800-528-NMSA (6672) ResourceDescription4: This attractive and informative brochure for parents, school boards, and the community helps to build understanding and gain support for the modern middle school. It defines early adolescence as a time of rapid growth and change, explaining how the middle school supports adolescent development through active learning, teaming, integrated instruction, and exploratory learning.

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.

National Urban League
120 Wall Street
New York NY 10005
Voice: 212-558-5300
Fax: 212-344-5332
Contact: Deirdre Jackson
Contact E-mail: djackson@nul.org
Web Address: www.nul.org

Resource Title: Read & Rise Magazine
Price: FREE - While Supplies Last
Author: NUL & Scholastic
Description: As a publication, the magazine is primarily targeted to African-American children, ages 3-5 and promotes a pride of heritage while introducing young children to basic concepts that are important tools for reading and literacy development. Through a variety of stories, poems and other activities, parents and caregivers have the opportunity to explore concepts of print with young children, helping them to develop phonemic and phonological awareness and gain a fundamental understanding of the alphabet. It also provides research-based information on the range of practical ways parents can foster their children’s reading and literacy development, in easy-to-understand language, while providing them with ideas for games and activities that they can do with their children. Designed to be fun as well as educational, the magazine also offers an introduction to the world at large, from stories about nature and science, to whimsical pieces about people in the neighborhood.

Resource Title: Read & Rise: Parent Circles
Author: Suzanne C. Carothers, Ph.D.
Description: The Parent Facilitators' Guide is designed to serve as a resource to Urban League affiliate staff as they work with parents/caregivers in communities across the country. This guide is structured so that parents work in Read and Rise Parent Circles and the circles are based on carrying forward the legacy of the Reading Circles in which African American slaves found a way to teach each other how to read. Suzanne C. Carothers, author of the Parent Facilitators' Guide, envisions the circles "as contemporary Reading Circles in which the facilitator not only leads the particular series of circles to help parents support their children's learning, but acts as a trainer of trainers to create Circles of Training that continue the process". The guide also contains information about the process of reading, how young children develop as readers, and how parents can support their children’s early steps to reading in a five session workshop series.

Resource Title: Read & Rise: Preparing Our Children For A Lifetime of Success
Price: FREE - While Supplies Last
Author: NUL & Scholastic
Description: Read and Rise is a resource guide that offers research-based information and practical tips to help you engage your child in reading and literacy-building activities. The guide is divided by age and grade. Each section includes: An Introduction, where you will find brief, research-based information on the common literacy behaviors by age and grade. A list of Milestones, important literacy goals that your child should be able to achieve at each age and by the end of each grade. Try This!, ideas and activities that can help you help your child gain the skills needed to become a successful reader. And Book Nook, which presents five basic features to look for when choosing books for your child.

Ohio Parent Information and Resource Center
3021 Vernon Place
Cincinnati OH 45219
Voice: 513-221-3660
Fax: 513-487-5314
Contact: Vandelia Todd, Program Director
Contact E-mail: vtodd@lys.org
Web Address: ohiopirc.lys.org

Resource Title: Back to School Toolkit
Price: no cost
Author: staff
Description: Information for parents and schools about how to get started on the "right foot" for the return to school. Suggestions about homework, developing a study area, preaparing for teacher conference, reading, saety tips, handling frustation, and grade level activities.

Resource Title: Empowering Parents and Communities
Price: no cost -- prior training
Author: staff
Description: This is a 24-hour parent leadership training curriculum that enavles caregivers/parents to increase their involvement and sharpen their skills for effective leadership. EPC promotes the development of parents and caregivers to understand the needs of children and the issues that challenge parents as well as other community leaders.

Resource Title: Parents As Partners
Price: no cost
Author: staff
Description: Provides information on identifying the type of school in regard to parental involvement; covers barriers of, strategies to increase, and benefits of parental involvement and collaboration.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
100 N. Washington Street
Suite 234
Falls Church VA 22048
Voice: 1-800-869-6782
TTY: 1-703-923-0010
Fax: 1-800-693-3514
Contact: Michelle Frappier
Contact E-mail: Frappier@peatc.org
Web Address: www.peatc.org

Resource Title: Virginia Parent Information Resource Center
Price: Free
Author: PEATC
Description: PEATC is Virginia's Parent Information Resource Center (V-PIRC) serving culturally, linguistically, educationally, economically and geographically diverse families and the schools, programs and communities who serve them.

Resource Title: Parent Teacher Information - PTI
Price: Free
Author: PEATC
Description: PEATC is the parent information and training center serving families and professionals of children with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PEATC promotes respectful, collaborative partnerships between parents, schools, and professionals.

Resource Title: Outreach to African Americans and Latino Communities
Price: Free
Author: PEATC
Description: As Virginia's families continue to diversify, language barriers and cultural differences create additional challenges to children with disabilities and their families.

Parent Institute
P.O. Box 7474
Fairfax Station VA 22039-7474
Voice: 800-756-5525
Fax: 800-216-3667
Contact: Peggy Costello
Contact E-mail: custsvc@parent-institute.com
Web Address: www.parent-institute.com

Resource Title: Newsletters for Parents
Description: The Parent Institute offers 11 newsletters educators can give to parents. Each newsletter is full of ideas to help parents help their children learn and succeed in school. Titles include: Parents make the difference! ® (in Early Childhood & Elementary School versions); Parents still make the difference! ® (in Middle & High School versions); Helping Children Learn ® (in Early Childhood & Elementary School versions); Helping Students Learn ® (in Middle & High School versions); Building Readers ® (in Reading Readiness and Elementary versions); Firm, Fair & Consistent. ® All parent newsletters are also available in Spanish.

Resource Title: Booklets, QuickTips, & StudentTips
Price: Price is based on a sliding scale, please call for more information.

Resource Title: Booklets
Description: These 16 page booklets, available in English and Spanish, help parents with various aspects of parent-child relations and aid parents in supporting their children's academic success. Series titles include: Reading, Academic Achievement, Discipline, Homework & Study Skills, Parenting, Raising Responsible Children, School Readiness, and Skills for School Success.

Resource Title: QuickTips
Description: Each tri-fold brochure informs busy parents about an important topic in an easy-to-read-and-keep format. Available in English and Spanish. Series titles include: Building Student Responsibility, Facts About Exceptional Children, Motivating Parents, Reinforcing Learning at Home, Motivating Students, Student Stress, Substance Abuse and Tough Issues.

Resource Title: Student Tips
Description: These simply written tri-fold brochures, available in English and Spanish, give practical, proven ideas and strategies to give directly to students. Topics include: Study Skills, How to do Better on Tests, Dealing with Peer Pressure, Dealing with Bullies, and many more.

Resource Title: Videos
Price: Price is based on a sliding scale, please call for more information.
Description: The Parent Institute videos let educators show parents how they can help their children learn. Included are various titles under the topics of: Discipline, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Motivating Parents.

Parents for Public Schools
200 N. Congress Street
Suite 500
Jackson MS 39202
Voice: 601-969-6936
Fax: 601-969-6041
Contact: Anne Foster
Contact E-mail: afoster@parents4publicschools.org
Web Address: www.parents4publicschools.org

Resource Title: Parents for Public Schools Clearinghouse
Price: Free
Description: A free weekly update on the latest developments on improving public schools, national education issues, and parental involvement.

Resource Title: PPS Chapter Manual: A comprehensive and practical guide to organizing and sustaining a community-based organization
Price: Free
Description: The manual includes successful activity ideas and samples from PPS chapters across the country, i.e. publicity, school governance, school tours, site-based management, special events, business networks, and recruitment for enrollment.

9711 San Gabriel Avenue
South Gate CA 90280
Voice: 323-564-6545
Fax: 323-564-8541
Contact: Mary Johnson / Founder
Contact E-mail: l.johnson8@worldnet.att.net
Web Address: www.teachingToChangeLA.org

Resource Title: Parent Survioral Guide
Price: $20.00
Author: Parent-U-Turn
Description: Parents Survioral Guide is recommend for parents of children k-12 grades. The booklet is a mapp for parents on the school structure and how to get their children "Beyond High School to University. Parent Survioral Guide cover such topics, college preparation, scholarhips/grants available for undocument immigrants and Afro-American students. Others topics include ABC"S for students success, Special Education, How to work within the school structure and what each department roles in students acheivement. Parents Survioral Guide is translate in both English and Spanish.

School Family Media, Inc.
100 Stonewall Blvd
Suite 3
Wrentham MA 02093
Voice: 800-644-3561
Contact: Tim Sullivan
Contact E-mail: tsullivan@schoolfamilymedia.com
Web Address: www.schoolfamilymedia.com

Resource Title: School Family Nights
Price: Free
Description: Ready-made guidebooks and toolkits for hosting high-appeal involvement evenings at school. How-to instructions, posters, letters home, etc.

Special Education Action Committee, Inc. Parent Assistance Center
PO Box 161274
Mobile AL 36616-2274
Voice: 800-222-7322
TTY: 251-478-1208
Fax: 251-473-7877
Contact: Beverly Burden, Administrative Assistant
Contact E-mail: mksseac@seacpac.com
Web Address: www.seacparentassistancecenter.com

Resource Title: ImPACT Newsletter
Price: 2.00
Description: The ImPACT newsletter is published two times yearly and includes information of interest to parents of children with disabilities, special education teachers and others.

Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
at PACER Center
8161 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis MN 55437
Voice: 952-838-9000
TTY: 952-838-0190
Fax: 952-838-0199
Contact: Sue Folger, Co-Director
Contact E-mail: sfolger@pacer.org
Web Address: www.taalliance.org

Resource Title: Positive Behavioral Interventions
Author: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
Description: This curriculum introduces families to a new way of thinking about their child's behaviors and about the need to advocate for behavioral instruction. Professionals find very useful. Approved by the U.S. Department of Education. 1999. Each set contains: 37 color transparencies in covers, 37-page curriculum for trainers, all in a 1 1/2" D-ring binder.

Resource Title: IDEA '97 Workshop For Families
Author: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
Description: Approved by U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. This curriculum contains the IDEA '97 training and transparencies that are of key interest to parents of children with disabilities. 1999. Each set contains: 89 color transparencies in covers (available in Spanish, or with Native American graphics at a separate cost), 102-page curriculum for trainers (also available in Braille), all in a 4" D-ring binder.

Resource Title: Understanding ADHD: A Workshop Curriculum
Author: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
Description: This curriculum provides information for parents, teachers and others about ADHD including behavior management, strategies for parents, and instructional strategies for teachers. It can be used in total as a 3 hour workshop, or as a series of shorter trainings for community education purposes. The curriculum consists of four units that can be used as short workshops or as the foundation for discussion groups related to each topic area. Each set contains: 59 color transparencies in covers, 64-page curriculum for trainers, all in a 1 1/2" D-ring binder.

Resource Title: Is Your Child a Target of Bullying? Intervention Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities
Author: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
Description: A new, one-of-a-kind curriculum developed for parent audiences has just been released by the ALLIANCE. The appealing design and easy-to-understand, common-sense suggestions are sure to inform and encourage families as they address bullying issues. The curriculum covers: defining disability harassment, common views about bullying, how to talk to your child about bullying, using the IEP to react to bullying behavior, federal laws that apply to disability harassment, and the role of school policy to respond/prevent disability harassment.





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