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Number 3, Winter 2001/2002
Harvard Family Research Project
Using State Standards to Create Parent–Teacher Collaboration
Program Spotlight focuses on The Education Trust, which uses state standards to create avenues of collaboration between parents and teachers around student achievement. Through its Standards in Practice and Parents as Standards Bearers training programs, parents and teachers gain a better understanding of the standards and the changes in instructional practice that can improve academic outcomes.
Authentic Home–School Partnerships
The notion of leveling the playing field in educational matters is echoed in Parent Perspective, where Kelly Butler shares her ideas about authentic partnership between home and school.
Action Research: Effective Parent–Teacher Conferences
Teacher Talk presents an action research project carried out by Lara Goldstone. While teaching in Chinatown, New York, she researched communication with parents regarding New York City Language Arts Standards. As a result of this research, her school began holding parent-teacher conferences on Sundays to accommodate parents' busy work schedules, made more translators available to teachers and families, and translated state standards into Chinese.
Using Innovation to Engage the Community
In Lessons From Leaders, three principals share innovative ways to inform and gain support from parents and the community around student performance. These principals support creative projects such as exhibiting student work in the town hall, businesses, and libraries to demonstrate high performance; developing organizational tools to facilitate parent-teacher communication about homework; and empowering parents to develop guidelines for and award grants to other parents for student literacy enrichment.
Engaging Parents in Reading Achievement
A Special Supplement explores the Engaging Parents in Reading Achievement: Finding Common Ground initiative. The initiative, a project of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Public Sector Labor Management Committee, focuses on a critical stakeholder in education reform: labor management teams.
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