Successful family involvement relies on meaningful collaboration between youth, families, schools, employers, and agencies. Successful partnerships reflect an understanding of the great diversity among families and differences in cultural and socioeconomic conditions. Research has shown that not only does family involvement increase academic achievement, as reflected in higher test scores and graduation rates, but it also increases the likelihood that youth will pursue higher education (Henderson & Berla, 1994).
Technical assistance resources on this page include research, articles, tools, templates, technical assistance centers, and Web sites. An
overview (PDF) of the State Performance Plan indicator related to Parent Involvement is also provided.
(Note: Use of the resources included on this site does not guarantee that the district’s performance or determination status under section 616(d), will improve for the next reporting period.)
Parent Involvement (Indicator 8)
- Improving Relationships and Results: Building Family/School Partnerships –
The intent of this curriculum is to provide evidence-based interventions that
schools can use to improve their relationships with families. These ready-to-go
modules were developed in close cooperation with the Future of School Psychology
Task Force on Family School Partnerships. It is our hope that schools will
actively use these materials as part of an overall coordinated effort to build
and enhance effective practices that improve relationships as well as student
- Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parental Information and Resource Centers (U.S. Department of Education, 6/07)
– Second publication in the latest Innovations in Education series - Engaging
Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parental Information and Resource
Centers. This series identifies innovative and successful education programs
across the country that are closing the achievement gap.
- Emerging Issues in School, Family, & Community Connections, Annual Synthesis 2001 (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2001, PDF)
– 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
- A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Annual Synthesis 2002 (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002) (PDF)
– Many policymakers, administrators, and funders ask for evidence that parent
involvement helps student achievement, including test scores. This report
provides some useful answers.
- Diversity: School, Family, & Community Connections, Annual Synthesis 2003 (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2003, PDF)
– This research synthesis is the third in a series of reports to help local
school, community, and family leaders obtain useful research-based information
about key educational issues. This synthesis addresses diversity as it relates
to student achievement and school, family, and community connections.
- Readiness – School, Family & Community Connections, Annual Synthesis 2004 (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2004, PDF)
– This synthesis explores the research addressing three major questions related
to children’s readiness and family, school, and community connections.
Center for Family and Community Connection with Schools Web site (Southwest
Educational Development Laboratory) – Online interactive strategy briefs and
training modules (many in both English and Spanish).
- Beyond the Building: A Facilitation Guide for School, Family, and Community Connections (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2006, Multimedia format only) – This multimedia toolkit (available for purchase) will help educators and community organizers understand and learn how to facilitate family and community involvement.
- Families and Educators Working Together Web site (Washington State Needs Project – through the Washington Education Association (WEA)) – Provides information and support to families, educators, and community members
who have an interest in locating and understanding special education services.
- Partnerships for Action, Voices for
Empowerment Web site (PAVE) – Non-profit organization that shares
information and resources with people whose lives are linked to children and
adults with disabilities.
- Center for the Improvement of Student Learning
Web site – Reviews and shares educational research, creates instructional
tools, and develops policy recommendations that promote best practices to help
educators, parents and community leaders build partnerships that improve
schools, engage families and increase student learning and development.
- Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational
Rights Center Web site – The mission of PACER Center is to expand
opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with
disabilities based on the concept of parents helping parents.
- Guidance for Families on Special
Education Topics (Designed by Special Education Ombudsman) – This website
provides parent resources and information related to How Special Education
Works, Parent and Student Rights, Individualized Education Programs, Behavior
and Discipline, Disagreements and Complaints about Special Education, and much
- Washington State Parent Information and
Resource Center Web site – (WAPIRC) Serves as a bi-lingual portal for
parents to access information and resources. In addition, there are five
community-based centers that offer information to parents on state educational
standards, supplemental services and school choice along with a wide variety of
activities and services for families. WAPIRC is funded by the U.S. Department of
Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement.