Engaging Families in the Pathway to College

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Aired on: February 10th, 2009

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Anne T. Henderson

Anne T. Henderson is a senior consultant with the Community Involvement Program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Anne's specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students' success in school and through life. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked the research on how engaging families can improve student achievement, particularly among students in diverse and low-income communities. She has also studied effective practice to involve families in their childrens' education, both at home and in school improvement. Over the past 25 years, Anne has written, by herself and with others, a small library of articles, reports, handouts, brochures, and books, all in a reader-friendly, jargon-free style. Her most recent book is 'Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships', published by The New Press in 2007, and written with Karen Mapp, Vivian Johnson, and Don Davies. Anne has also written the 'Evidence' series, which reviews the research on the effects of parent and community involvement on student achievement. The latest edition, 'A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement', written with Karen L. Mapp. 'No Child Left Behind: What's in it for Parents' (2002) and 'The Case for Parent Leadership' (2004) are also recent publications.

This Week's Topic

The flip side of dropout prevention is planning for a positive future. Families play a critical role in helping students set goals, navigate the system, and plan for post-secondary education and a career. What school staff do to inform and support families to play this role makes an enormous difference to student success. Learn what the research says about specific practices that school staff and community partners have used in schools that are beating the odds with low-income students.


Presentation Slides pdf.

Annenberg Institute for School Reform. http://www.annenberginstitute.org/Products/CollegePathwaysRubric.php. (2009).

Henderson, A. T., Mapp, K. L., Johnson, V. R., & Davies, D. (2006).  Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School PartnershipsNew York, NY : The New Press.

Fortress-Partnership School Checklist: Where Does Your School Fall? pdf(2009).

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education. http://www.ncpie.org/. (2010).

NDPC/N Newsletter: Family Engagement – Volume 20, Number 2 pdf(2008).

Bridgeland, J. M., DiIulio, Jr., J. J., Streeter, R. T., & Mason, J. R. (2008).  One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America’s High SchoolsWashington, DC : Civic Enterprises.

Kaye, C. B. (1998).  Parent Involvement in Service-LearningLinking Learning with Life.

Chang, H. N., & Romero, M. (2008).  Present, Engaged, and Accounted For pdfNew York, NY : National Center for Children in Poverty.

The Center for Parent Leadership(2009).

The College Pathways Tool(2009).

The SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections With Schools(2010).

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