School and district administrators must support first generation students and their families to ensure action teams in classrooms and programs at all grade levels. States and community based organizations play roles in eliminating historic barriers as well.
Educators are trying, but effective family engagement is going to necessitate state and federal policy and systems change. Authors review a few promising, yet nascent, stories of federal and statewide capacity building efforts to better equip educators and improve family engagement.
Family engagement efforts will be successful when the reliance on issue-focused campaigns shifts to utilizing design thinking and elevating family and community engagement.
Learning from a two-day conference to best support Latinx students in informal science environments. Organizations must take risks beyond their status quo, which includes better supporting diverse staff members serving students in informal environments.
Discussion of possible factors affecting science achievement gaps, despite such limited studies since 1992. Many factors identified seem modifiable and recommendations to close science achievement gaps include legislative changes.
School and district policies, as well as federal and state legislation, affect the quality of school based partnerships. Review an analysis of data from 347 in 21 districts to identify different ways policy mandates are implemented.
A national study reports that parents are far more optimistic about their children’s academic successes than data indicates they should be. The study also includes recommendations for helping parents with such areas as learning goals, financing college, life skills, parent-teacher communication, and learning tools.