Putting Partnerships Into Practice

Resources for Administrators

There are currently 160 resource(s) for Administrators in the NCPIE database.

To order a resource, please contact its publishing organization.

Academy for Educational Development
Schools and Community Services
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-884-8400
Fax: 202-884-8200
Web Address: www.aed.org

Resource Title: Bridging the Gap: A Rationale for Enhancing the Role of Community Organizations in Promoting Youth Development
Price: Free
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.

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: Parent Guides
Price: Free
Author: AKPIRC
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
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.

Alliance for Children and Families
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 601
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 202-429-0400
Fax: 202-429-0178
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.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
1307 New York Avenue NW
Suite 300
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-293-2450
Fax: 202-457-8095
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.

American Association of School Administrators
Community Outreach
1801 North Moore Street
Arlington VA 22209
Voice: 703-875-0706
Fax: 703-807-1849
Web Address: www.aasa.org

Resource Title: AASA Professor
Description: A quarterly journal focusing on research and best practices that advance the profession of educational administration.

America's Promise — The Alliance for Youth
909 N Washington Street
Suite 400
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-684-4500, 800-365-0153 x3835
Fax: 703-535-3900
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"
Price: Free
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
Price: $12.00
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.

Annenberg Institute for Social Reform
1640 Roxanna Road NW
Washington DC 20012
Voice: 202-882-1582
Fax: 202-882-2138
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
Price: Free
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
Price: Free
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: Various Reports and Evaluation Studies
Price: Free
Description: Published evaluation studies on programs such as the cost-effectiveness of small schools, reorganizing NYC special education programs, and privatizing public schools.

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.

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: 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: 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
Price: $34.95
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: The Principal Series
Price: Single tape prices from $140; series cost is $1,130 (Members $930.00).
Author: Richard DuFour and Karen Dyer
Description: (Video, 1998-1999) Seven 15- to 45-minute videotapes and two Facilitator's Guides. An excellent tool for principal leadership training, The Principal Series brings school leaders up-to-date on the newest research-based methods for improving student performance. Hear from experts Richard DuFour and Karen Dyer, and see principals demonstrate effective leadership, communication, and management skills These videos are also designed to help principals involve parents in the school community. Specifically, Principal as Culture Shaper shows how to help parents contribute to the school's mission and success; and Principal as Ambassador discusses ways to involve parents and build alliances within the community. The following single tapes are available: Tape 1: The Evolving Role of the Principal, Tape 2: Creating a Collaborative Learning Community, Tape 3: Survival Tips, Tape 4: Principal as Culture Shaper, Tape 5: Principal as Manager, Tape 6: Principal as Instructional Leader, Tape 7: Principal as Ambassador.

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.

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: Beyond the Bake Sale: An Educator's Guide to Working With Families (1986)
Price: $10.95
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
Price: $14.95
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.

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: 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: Working with Families and Communities
Price: varies
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.

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: Building A Community School
Description: A description of the Children's Aid Society community school model and a workbook/guide on to how to start a community school in your own community.

Resource Title: CAS News
Price: Free
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.

Children's Council of San Francisco
445 Church Street
San Francisco CA 94114
Voice: 415-276-2900
Fax: 415-343-3331
Contact: Daniel Safran, Deputy Director
Contact E-mail: dsafran@childrenscouncil.org
Web Address: www.childrenscouncil.org

Resource Title: Children's News
Price: Free
Description: Quarterly newspaper with news about San Francisco child care and other community resources, information on policy and advocacy and special features. In English and Spanish.

Council of Chief State School Officers
One Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20001-1431
Voice: 202-336-7000
Fax: 202-789-1792
Contact: Elizabeth Partoyan, Strategic Initiative Director, Next Generation Learners
Contact E-mail: elizabethp@ccsso.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.

Council of the Great City Schools
1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 702
Washington DC 20004
Voice: 202-393-2427
Fax: 202-393-2400
Web Address: www.cgcs.org

Resource Title: Beating the Odds
Price: $20 each plus $5 shipping and handling per copy for 1-10 copies. $15 each plus $5 shipping and handling per copy for more than 11 copies.
Description: A study of the performance of inner-city schools with regard to academic goals and standards in math and reading.Have urban schools made progress with the reforms of the last several years? Which districts have made the most progress, and how have they done it?

Resource Title: What Works in Urban Education
Price: Free
  • Parent Involvement (8 programs examined)
  • School-to-Work (13 programs examined)
  • Student Retention (9 programs examined)
  • Technology (4 programs examined)
  • Reform (25 programs examined)
  • Achievement (43 programs examined)
  • Professional Development (35 programs examined)
  • Early Childhood (8 programs examined)
  • Special Needs (10 programs examined)

Devereux Foundation
Devereux Early Childhood Initiative
444 Devereux Drive
Villanova PA 19085
Voice: 610-542-3109
Fax: 610-542-4468
Contact: Susan Damico, Director of Operations for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative
Contact E-mail: sdamico@devereux.org
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.

District Community Voices Organized and Informed for Change in Education (DC Voice)
P.O. Box 73055
Washington DC 20056
Voice: 202-986-8535
Fax: 202-238-0109
Contact: Erika Landberg, Senior Associate for Community Engagement
Contact E-mail: elandberg@dcvoice.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.

Embrace Diverse Schools
6807 Bluecurl Circle
Springfield VA 22152
Voice: 703-644-3039
Contact: Eileen Kugler
Contact E-mail: EKugler@EmbraceDiverseSchools.com
Web Address: www.EmbraceDiverseSchools.com

Resource Title: Building Partnerships with Immigrant Parents
Description: Highlights lessons learned from a unique parent partnership program created in a high school where half of the parent population was born outside the United States.

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: The Seven Lessons of Early Childhood Public Engagement
Price: $10.00, #C20-01
Author: Nina Sazer O'Donnell and Ellen Galinsky
Description: May, 2000. This brief describes recent early childhood public engagement efforts and outlines lessons for public engagement leaders. Part I defines public engagement and describes how national, state and local leaders have stimulated public engagement in early childhood issues. Part II outlines seven key lessons that informed these efforts. Part III offers concrete tips for how a wide variety of community members-from architects to youth-can take action to promote the healthy development of our nation's youngest children.

Family Friendly Schools
411 N. Main Street
Galax VA 24333
Voice: 800-890-7794
Fax: 276-236-9979
Contact: Sam Bartlett, CEO
Web Address: www.familyfriendlyschools.com

Resource Title: Engaging All Families
Price: $21.95
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.

George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education
1730 N. Lynn Street
Suite 401
Arlington VA 22209-2004
Voice: 703-528-3588, 800-925-3223
Fax: 703-528-5973
Contact: Janet Brown
Contact E-mail: jbrown@ceee.gwu.edu
Web Address: ceee.gwu.edu

Resource Title: Promoting Excellence Series
Price: $8 for set
Author: CEEE
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.

Resource Title: State Assessment Policy and Practice for English Language Learners: A National Perspective
Author: Charlene Rivera and Eric Collum (Eds.)
Description: CEEE research around assessment policies for English language learners has resulted in several major national studies designed to build an understanding of states' strategies for including this student group. This volume contains 3 studies: 1. Analysis of State Assessment Policies Regarding Accommodations for ELLs 2. A Survey and Description of Test Translation Practices 3. Examination of State Practices for Reporting Participation and Performance of English Language Learners in State Assessment

Resource Title: An Analysis of State Policies for the Inclusion and Accommodation of English Language Learners in State Assessment Programs during 1998-1999
Price: $10
Author: Charlene Rivera, Charles Stansfield, Lewis Scialdone, and Margaret Sharkey (Eds.)
Description: In addition, the 2001 report is supplemented by an online database that includes the following three search online engines at http://r3cc.ceee.gwu.edu/lepstatepolicyreport/Search.asp: 1. Search State Policies - This search presents a list of general policy items such as "State has a policy regarding inclusion/exemption." Selecting policy items from the list and pressing the search button returns a list of states that address the policy items selected. 2. Search Inclusion and Accommodation Decision and Criteria - This search presents a list of decision makers such as students, parents, and teachers as well as a list of criteria such as time in U.S. and time in state's schools. The decision and criteria items can be applied to either inclusion/exemption policy or accommodation policy. 3. Search Accommodation Policies - This search presents a list of accommodations and allows the user to specify whether a certain accommodation is allowed on some components, all components, or not at all. This section also allows the user to specify whether or not state policy indicates that scores are reported when different accommodations are used.

Resource Title: Brokering External Policies to Raise Student Achievement: The Case of Plainfield, New Jersey School District
Price: free
Author: Marilyn Muirhead
Description: This report examines the actions taken by Plainfield Public School District (PPS) -- one of the districts affected by the 1998 New Jersey State Supreme Court Abbott decision -- to implement the Abbott policy. Plainfield provides an example of a district that has adopted a CSR model and experienced a significant increase in language arts literacy achievement results across all its elementary schools.

Resource Title: Technical Assistance Briefs: Literacy Tutor-Training Manual
Price: free
Author: Judy Blankenship Cheatham
Description: This accessible, jargon-free tutor-training manual can help any motivated adult make a difference in the life of a child who needs help improving his or her reading skills. The manual addresses: * Best practices for tutoring children; * Appropriate children's books; * Assessment and instruction; * Working with the classroom teacher; * Adaptation of content-area materials to tutoring situations; * Age appropriateness and its relationship to tutoring; * Working with the English language learner; * Emerging literacy; * Responsibilities and legal issues; and * Documentation

Harvard Family Research Project
Longfellow Hall, Appian Way
Cambridge MA 02138
Voice: 617-495-9108
Fax: 617-495-8594
Contact: Margaret Caspe
Web Address: www.hfrp.org

Resource Title: Beyond the Parent-Teacher Conference
Price: Free
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
Price: Free
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
Price: Free
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.

Resource Title: Evaluating School-Linked Services: Considerations and Best Practices
Price: $8
Author: Karen Horsch
Description: 1998. 31 pages. Nine evaluators of school-linked services programs identify considerations and best practices related to evaluating outcomes, sustainability, and collaboration to help determine how school-linked service programs work, what their impact is, and whether they should be expanded.

Resource Title: Generating Family-School Partnerships Through Social Marketing
Price: Free
Author: Sylvia Sensiper
Description: 1999. The outgrowth of a meeting of six national organizations promoting family-school partnerships, this article discusses methods to enhance family involvement through social marketing. By arguing that schools should view parents as "customers," teachers and administrators can reach out to parents in effective and successful ways.

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: Together is Better: Building Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Hispanic Parents
Description: This publication presents information, strategies and techniques for teachers, principals, and school districts derived from parent-school partnership projects developed to encourage cooperation between Hispanic families and 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: Improving Student Achievement Through MegaSkills
Price: check with Institute for kit pricing
Author: Dorothy Rich
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

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 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: 176 Ways to Involve Parents
Price: $31.95
Author: by Betty Boult
Description: This hands-on guide is for educators who recognize both the need to and the benefit of involving parents in a school or the classroom. These practical and ready-to-use ideas were generated from the practice of exemplary educators who consistently involve parents in all aspects of school life. The book presents its ideas in five distinct sections: Making it Happen, Creating the Climate, Sustaining Involvement, Working in the Classroom, and Venturing Beyond the Bake Sale.

Resource Title: ABC’s of Effective Parent Communication
Price: $26.95
Author: by Dyan Hershman and Emma McDonald
Description: Principals understand the importance of working closely with parents to ensure student success. This book gives you concrete guidelines on every aspect of communicating with parents, including making initial contact with parents, staying in touch with phone calls, e-mails, and conferences, talking about student behavior and academic progress, and keeping parents involved as volunteers, tutors and chaperones at events. A great resource for all administrators!

Resource Title: Parents and Teachers Working Together
Price: $26.95
Author: by Carol Davis and Alice Yang
Description: It is essential to develop a strong relationship with students’ parents. Gain tips for instituting a strong relationship with every parent with Parents and Teachers Working Together. This book demonstrates multiple ways to communicate from letter writing to conferencing.

Resource Title: Strengthening the Connection between School and Home
Price: $26.95
Author: NAESP in cooperation with Educational Research Service
Description: Principals play a key role in promoting a strong partnership between a school and its families and in the empowerment of parents to positively affect the education of their children. This book tells you how to give parents that power, as you strengthen the connection between home and school.

Resource Title: Raising Tweens: A parent`s guide to understanding your 9- to 12-year old
Price: $16.00
Author: by NAESP and Family Circle
Description: This brochure helps parents of pre-teens understand the physical, neurological, and emotional changes that occur during the tween (9-12) years. Practical tips on how parents can build their children’s self esteem by teaching valuable life skills are also included. 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: 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: 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).
Description: Videotape.

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:

  • Parent Participation #336.1

  • Parent Participation - High School #336.4

  • Parent participation - Multicultural #336.3

  • Parent Participation - Special Education #336.2

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences #337.1

  • Parents as Teachers #335.1

  • Family Literacy #864.1

  • Reading - Parent Participation #663.1

  • Intergenerational Programs #899.1

  • Advisory Committees #107.1

  • Early Childhood Education #675.1

  • Early Intervention #713.1

  • Emergent Literacy #369.1

Resource Title: Helping Students Develop Self-Motivation: A Sourcebook for Parents and Educators
Price: $9.00
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
Price: $2.50
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 Parents and Students Can Enrich the Work of a Community of Learners
Price: $12 (members), $15 (non-members).
Author: Anne Wescott-Dodd
Description: Bulletin. February 1999.

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.

National Association of State Boards of Education
NASBE Policy Clearinghouse
2121 Crystal Drive Suite #350
Arlington VA 22202
Voice: 703.684.4000
Fax: 703.836.2313
Web Address: www.nasbe.org

Resource Title: Caring Communities: Report of the National Task Force on School Readiness
Price: $10.00
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
Price: $12.00
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: Right from the Start
Price: $8.50
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
Price: $12.00
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.

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: New Standards® Primary Literacy Standards
Price: $45.00
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
Price: $3.00
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
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.

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.

National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
211 East Seventh Street
Austin TX 78701
Voice: 800-476-6861
Fax: 512-476-2286
Contact: Lucy Wood
Web Address: www.sedl.org/connections/

Resource Title: Emerging Issues in School, Family, and Community Connections
Price: $14
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
Price: Free
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: Resource Guide for Planning and Operating After-School Programs
Price: $18.00 for printed version, available online free.
Description: This guide provides a description of timely, inexpensive resources to support after-school programs for school-aged children. Many of the materials in the guide also represent resources for before-school, summer programs and community learning centers.

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.

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: PACT Time in the Elementary School Video Kit
Price: $75
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
Price: $21
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
Price: $14
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.

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 Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform
George Washington University
2121 K Street NW
Suite 250
Washington DC 20037
Voice: 877-766-4CSR
Fax: 202-833-4891
Contact: Monica R. Martinez, Director for Outreach
Web Address: www.centerforcsri.org

Resource Title: Benchmarks
Price: Free
Description: NCCSR's quarterly newsletter. Past topics include:
  • North Carolina's Accountability Model Drives School Reform Spring 2001

  • Supporting CSR Winter 2001

  • Comprehensive School Reform

  • Meeting the Needs of All Students Fall 2000

  • Educator's Perspectives on Comprehensive School Reform Summer 2000

  • Moving Forward with Comprehensive School Reform Spring 2000

Resource Title: Catalog of School Reform Models
Price: Free
Description: Last spring, NCCSR and the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory formed a partnership to update the Catalog of School Reform Models. Over the past several months we have added new models to the Catalog, updated all of the contact and cost information, and created a sorting mechanism. To help educators find the right model to meet their school's needs, users can now search by:

  • Type of model: entire-school, reading/language arts, mathematics, science, other
  • Grade level: Pre-kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Special populations: English language learners, special education, rural, urban, or high poverty

Resource Title: School Reform Issue Briefs
Price: Free
Description: Occasional papers covering a wide array of trends and issues in CSR, NCCSR Issue Briefs are designed to be of interest to CSR researchers, policymakers and practitioners. Recent briefs include:

  • A Brief for Practitioners on Turning Around Low-Performing Schools: Implications at the
  • School, District, and State. April 2001
  • A CSR Agenda: Emerging Themes for Research, Policy and Practice April 2001.

Resource Title: Step by Step
Price: Free
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.

Resource Title: Unlocking the Nine Components of CSRD
Price: Free
Description: CSRD, the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, requires that participating schools develop and implement school improvement plans with the following nine components: goals, supportive staff members, research-based methods, external assistance, parental and community involvement, staff development, coordination of resources, evaluation and comprehensive approach. This publication provides dozens of online resources on these components to help educators create effective schoolwide improvement plans.

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: Reforming Public Schools through Community Education
Price: 1–9 copies: $24.95, 10+ copies: $19.96
Author: Jack D. Minzey and Clyde E. LeTarte
Description: Authors Jack Minzey and Clyde LeTarte offer an up-to-date analysis of the status of education today, with a prescription for hope and a method for action through community education. Minzey and LeTarte clearly explain community education in practice and philosophy and show how community education is the framework for creating learning communities called for in virtually every reform effort.

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: 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.

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.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 800-695-0285, 202-884-8200
TTY: (800) 695-0285; (202) 884-8200
Fax: 202-884-8441
Contact: Information Specialist
Contact E-mail: nichcy@aed.org
Web Address: www.nichcy.org

Resource Title: Developing Your Child's IEP
Price: Free
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
Price: Free
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

Resource Title: Categories of Disability Under IDEA Resource
Price: Free
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
Price: Free
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
Price: Free
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

National Education Knowledge Industry Association
1718 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-518-0847
Fax: 202-785-3849
Contact: Richard Hershman, Vice President for Legislative Affairs
Web Address: www.nekia.org

Resource Title: Washington Update
Price: Free
Description: These publications will keep you informed about what's happening with education research and development and the federal government.

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: Coaching for Fatherhood
Price: $13.95
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.

Resource Title: Multicultural Counseling With Teenage Fathers
Price: $29.95
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.

National Head Start Association
1651 Prince St
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-739-0875
Fax: 703-739-0878
Web Address: www.nhsa.org

Resource Title: Parent Involvement: A Training Manual for Head Start Staff
Price: Free
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
Price: Free
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.

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.

National Network of Partnership Schools
Johns Hopkins University
3505 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218
Voice: 410-516-8807
Fax: 410-516-8890
Contact: Joyce Epstein
Web Address: www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/

Resource Title: Reprints of Research and Practice Recommendations
Price: Prices range from $.50 to $8.
Description: The Center makes available a large number of articles and reprints from other magazines and publications on topics ranging from research on partnership development to surveys of existing practices.

National Parent Teacher Association
1400 L St NW
Suite 300
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-289-6790
Fax: 202-289-6791
Contact: Sheri Johnson, Director of Programs
Contact E-mail: sjohnson@pta.org
Web Address: www.pta.org

Resource Title: Building Successful Partnerships: National PTA's Parent Involvement Initiative
Price: $18.95
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.

National School Boards Association
1680 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Voice: 703-838-6722
Fax: 703-683-7590
Contact: Aaron Dorsey, Project Manager
Contact E-mail: adorsey@nsba.org
Web Address: www.nsba.org

Resource Title: American School Board Journal
Description: The American School Board Journal is an award-winning, editorially independent education magazine published monthly by the National School Boards Association. Founded in 1891, American School Board Journal chronicles change, interprets issues, and offers readers practical advice on a broad range of topics pertinent to school governance and management, policy making, student achievement, and the art of school leadership.

Resource Title: Communities Count: A School Board Guide to Public Engagement
Price: $20.00
Author: Michael A. Resnick
Description: This publication guides school board members through the community engagement process and includes help in understanding the rationale, the benefits, and the concerns that are part of the process of convening the community. Although the specifics of community engagement will be unique for every community, experience shows that success is based on some common principles, a good plan, and continous work.

Resource Title: Safe Schools, Safe Communities
Price: $25.00
Author: Julie E. Lewis, Dean Pickett, Janet L. Pulliam, Richard A. Schwartz, Anne-Marie St. Germaine, Julie Underwood, and Jay Worona
Description: Emphasizing the need for cooperation to prevent and respond to violence at school, this book examines how schools and communities can work together to make our schools safe. Among the topics discussed are the need to balance school safety needs and the rights of individual students, how to deal with threats of violence, the role of the school attorney in response to violence, and how to work with the media in times of crisis.

Resource Title: The Educated Student: Defining and Advancing Student Achievement
Price: $20.00
Author: Michael A. Resnick
Description: In succinct language, this unique publication presents key ideas from education's best thinkers and examines future trends and other factors influencing education today. It presents recent policy developments in the areas of standards and assessments through a jargon-free discussion of the basic concepts needed for effective decision-making. The goals of "The Educated Student" are to offer school board members a wide-angle lense through which to view student achievement, to suggest the right questions to bring to their policy deliberations, and to provide a working knowledge that will inspire dynamic board leadership to raise student achievement.

Oliver Moles
6904 Stonewood Ct.
Rockville MD 20852
Voice: 301-770-2325
Fax: 301-770-6955

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.

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: Reading and Literacy
Price: Free
Author: PEATC
Description: PEATC is developing ways to enable parents and professionals to teach reading skills that incorporate strategies and 'how-to' information. In the area of assessment, we are looking to offer critically needed information.

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 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.

Parental Involvement Exchange (PIE)
140 Hepburn Rd. Suite 8-0
Clifton NJ 07012
Voice: 973-801-9289
Contact: Anthony D. White Sr.
Contact E-mail: adwhitesr@gmail.com
Web Address: www.parentalie.com

Resource Title: The Parental Involvement Exchange (PIE)
Description: The Parental Involvement Exchange (PIE) website is designed to focus on the delivery of useful resources for personal charged with addressing quality education. The resource categories are as follows; Parent Resources (Parenting, Single Parenting, Grand Parenting, Advocacy, Special Education Advocacy, Fatherhood,Parents Asking The Right Questions) Title I, Superintendents, Administrators, School Board Members, High Schools, Parental Involvement Practitioners, Community Organizing, Mentoring, and Resources by States.

Resource Title: Consulting Services
Description: Parent Involvement Exchange (PIE) offers workshops, in-services, customized workshops/in-services, strategic planning services, and community organizing for institutions and organizations.

Poverty and Race Research Action Council
1015 15th St. NW
Washington DC 20005
Voice: 202-906-8024
Fax: 202-387-0764
Contact: Philip Tegeler
Contact E-mail: ptegeler@aol.com
Web Address: www.prrac.org

Resource Title: Poverty & Race Newsletter
Price: Print subscriptions are $25 per year, $45 for two years.
Author: Chester Hartman, Editor
Description: This 20-28 page bi-monthly newsletter journal is designed as a forum for communicating news and ideas within the network of researchers and advocates working on race and poverty issues. Reports the results of PRRAC-sponsored research, the advocacy work that research has assisted and other relevant news. Each issue lists in the Resources Section 100-200 recent reports and studies on race/poverty issues.

Prince George's County Public schools
Department of School Development
9880 Good Luck Road
Room 1
Lanham MD 20706
Voice: 301-552-4294
Fax: 301-552-4293
Contact: Beverly Holley
Contact E-mail: bholley@pgcps.org
Web Address: www1.pgcps.org/schooldevelopment

Resource Title: Title 1 Mobile Activities Center Van
Description: The department serves as a centralized location and dissemination source for the deployment of the Title 1 Mobile Activity Center Van to communit events to share information and resources regarding research-based best practices for parent and family engagement.

Project for School Innovation
197A Center St.
Dorchester MA 02124
Voice: 617-825-0703
Fax: 617-474-1103
Web Address: www.psinnovation.org

Resource Title: Including Every Parent: A How-To Guide for Engaging and Empowering Parents at Your School
Price: $22.95
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.

Quality Education for Minorities Network
1818 N Street NW
Suite 350
Washington DC 20036
Voice: 202-659-1818
Fax: 202-659-5408
Web Address: qemnetwork.qem.org

Resource Title: Brownbag Discussion Series
Description: These documents examine the implications for minorities of proposed educational reform; current and pending relevant legislation; and promising educational strategies and research findings.

Resource Title: QEM's Major Reports
Description: QEM seeks to bring clarity and focus to issues of public policy as they affect children and youth who have been historically underserved by the educational system. These reports provide background information and current thinking on educational issues and their implications for minorities, highlight exemplary models that demonstrate quality education at work; keep focus on critical issues affecting public policy. Currently available:

  • Education that Works: An Action Plan for the Education of Minorities (January 1990).
  • Together We Can Make It Work: A National Agenda to Provide Quality Education for Minorities in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (April 1992).
  • Opening Unlocked Doors: A National Agenda for Ensuring Quality Education for Children and Youth in Low-income Public Housing and Other Low-income Residential Communities (May 1993).
  • Laying A Foundation for Tomorrow: A Report on the QEM Initial Years (January 1994).
  • Empower the Educator: Enabling Current and Future Mathematics and Science Teachers of Minority Students to Offer More Challenging Courses to their Students - An Action Plan (February 1996).
  • Weaving the Web of MSE Success for Minorities: Top Ten Colleges and Universities Report (June 1997).
  • Meeting the Challenge in North Carolina: An Action Plan to Increase Minority Participation in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (February 1998).
  • Weaving the Web of MSE Success for Minorities: Update of Tables in QEM's 1997 Top Ten Colleges and Universities Report (February 2000).
  • Leading Producers of Minority Doctoral Degree Recipients in Mathematics, the Physical Sciences, and Engineering: 1990-97 (February 2000).
  • Scholarly Guideposts for Junior Faculty (February 2000).

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. ®
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 400
Washington DC 20009
Voice: 202-287-3220, 877-RIF-READ
Fax: 202-287-3196
Contact: Corrie Fisher, Senior Program Specialist
Web Address: www.rif.org

Resource Title: Helping Your Children Become Readers
Description: This flyer features ten reading tips in easy-to-read language. Available in English and Spanish. Purchase includes RIF's permission to duplicate and distribute unlimited copies, so long as they are free of charge.

RMC Research
1815 N. Ft. Myer Drive
Suite 800
Arlington VA 22209
Voice: 703-558-4800
Fax: 703-558-4823
Contact: Bob Witherspoon
Web Address: www.rmcresearchcorporation.com

Resource Title: 7 Themes: Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in the Middle Grades
Price: Free
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...
Price: Free
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.

South Carolina School Improvement Council
College of Education, Wardlaw Suite 001
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208
Voice: 800-868-2232
Fax: 803-777-0023
Contact: Cassie Barber, Executive Director
Contact E-mail: barber2@gwm.sc.edu
Web Address: sic.sc.gov

Resource Title: Handbook for Effective School Improvement Councils in South Carolina, "The Basics"
Price: Free to SIC members in SC; available on website
Author: Jean M. Norman, Ed.D.
Description: "The Basics" outlines the roles and responsibilities of School Improvement Councils in South Carolina as a participant in the state's improvement and accountability process. Statute requirements and effective practices accompany the organizational structure and the functions of monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the school improvement plan.

Resource Title: Handbook for Effective School Improvement Councils in South Carolina - Creating and Education Foundation for Your School
Price: Free to SIC members in SC; available on website
Author: Betsy Wolff, MPH
Description: Creating an Education Foundation for Your School gives step by step actions for setting up a school education foundation in South Carolina.

Study Circles Resource Center
A Project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation
697 Pomfret Street
PO Box 203
Pomfret CT 06258
Voice: 860-928-2616
Fax: 860-928-3713
Contact: vL. (Sally) Campbell, Senior Program Director
Contact E-mail: sallyc@studycircles.org
Web Address: www.studycircles.org

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)
Price: $5.00
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)

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)

Tellin' Stories Project of Teaching for Change
PO Box 73038
Washington DC 20056-3038
Voice: 202-588-7204
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
Price: $10.00
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
Price: Free
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.

Websters International, Inc.
5729 Cloverland Place
Brentwood TN 37027
Voice: 800-727-6833
Fax: 615-373-1030
Contact: Virginia Schmidt, Director, Public Relations
Web Address: www.bowdoinmethod.com

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.





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