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In the 2009 Federal Register Notice announcing the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund, the U.S. Department of Education put the identification and scale-up of innovations at front and center in efforts to reform schools and improve student success.  Given this renewed emphasis on innovation, the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group has compiled twelve examples of leading innovations in family engagement as an integral and effective strategy in systemic education reform. 

As a set, these innovations represent a vision of family, school, and community engagement as a shared responsibility and a continuous process that occurs wherever children learn and throughout their development into young adults.

Read this report to find

  • Snapshots of 12 breakthrough strategies representing an array of family engagement approaches to reform schools and improve student success.
  • Innovations that align with key education reform areas laid out in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009: standards and assessments, data for instruction and accountability, teacher effectiveness, and turning around low-performing schools.
  • A description of innovations by outcomes, evidence, learning, sustainability, and scale.

Free. Available online only.

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