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Three parents who made a difference at their schools

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By Marian Wilde , GreatSchools Staff

 Epstein, Joyce L. et al. School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press, 2002.
This research-based book gives detailed information on how parents and educators in elementary, middle and high schools can create partnerships that support student achievement.

Henderson, Anne T., and Karen L. Mapp. A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement. Austin, Texas: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002.
This study summarizes 51 research studies between 1995 and 2002 on how families and communities affect student learning. You can order it from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory Web site. It is also available as a 241-page free PDF file .

Comments from readers

"The topics were interesting. I have not seen an article that specifically addresses the plight of the rural community schools with low average family income. We struggle with small PTO bugets and work hard on various fundraising. We have a small core group of PTO parents, but as you might tell, resources are scarce, both in financial and human. Any ideas?"