Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy

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Aired on: June 9th, 2015

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Joshua Cramer

Dr. Joshua Cramer is Director of Family Engagement Initiatives at the National Center for Families Learning, one of the country’s leading literacy organizations. He has 15 years of experience in nonprofit and public school, in addition to design and supervision of family engagement and literacy programs, early childhood education, English language learner education, high school reform, school and community partnerships, and youth mentoring and development, among several other areas of expertise. Dr. Cramer has a BA in Political Science, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, and an EdD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education.

This Week's Topic

As one of the country’s leading literacy organizations, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), since 1989 has focused on helping families make educational and economic progress by creating and improving family literacy programs. Literacy is at the root of a person’s ability to succeed and studies prove that family, home, and community are the true drivers of a child’s education. Literacy is key to success in today’s economy, and NCFL works to lessen the impact of risk factors such as low family income and a mother’s lack of education that can hamper a child’s early learning and development.

Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy will:

— highlight NCFL’s innovative family learning programming, approaches, and program settings;
— provide proven, research-based, and actionable strategies that viewers can immediately implement, and
— share opportunities to join NCFL communities that help empower parents, guardians, and families with resources, including information on family mentoring and family service-learning.

Resources:  pdf  pdf

Epstein, J. L. (2011). School, family, and community partnerships second edition. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Ferguson, C. (2008). The school-family connection: Looking at the larger picture. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.

Henderson, A. T., Mapp, K. L., Johnson, V. R., & Davies, D. (2007). Beyond the bake sale: The essential guide to family-school partnerships. New York: The New Press.

Jeynes, W. H. (2005). A meta-analysis of the relation of parent involvement to urban elementary school student academic achievement. Urban Education, 40, 237-269.

Sastry, N., & Pebley, A. R. (2010). Family and neighborhood sources of socioeconomic inequality in children’s achievement. Demography, 47(3), 777-800.

Wasik, B. H., & Herrmann, S. (2004). Family literacy: History, concepts, services. In B. H. Wasik (Ed.), Handbook of family literacy (pp. 3-23). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Wasik, B. H., & Van Horn, B. (2012). The role of family literacy in society. In B. H. Wasik (Ed.), Handbook of family literacy (2nd ed., pp. 3-17). New York: Routledge.




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