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Although family engagement tends to decline as students enter adolescence it remains important at this stage of youth development, and is related to healthy behaviors and higher rates of college enrollment. This resource guide represents a sampling of research reports, best practices, and tools to guide you in conceptualizing and creating effective family engagement strategies for high school students.

The resources in this guide provide research-based examples of how communities and schools can reach out to families of high school students to engage them meaningfully in the journey to post-secondary success. A number of these resources focus on the critical transition periods between eighth and ninth grades and high school and college, and discuss specific strategies to help families and schools support students through these pivotal periods. Other resources focus on how schools can use data to help students and their families navigate the requirements of high school so they graduate fully prepared for success in college and beyond.

This resource guide was prepared for the United Way Worldwide Family Engagement for High School Success Grantee Meeting in December 2009.

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© 2014 Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College
Published by Harvard Family Research Project