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SEDL – Advancing Research, Improving Education

Emerging Issues

in School, Family, & Community Connections
Annual Synthesis 2001

SEDL – Advancing Research, Improving Education

Emerging Issues

in School, Family, & Community Connections
Annual Synthesis 2001

Catherine Jordan
Evangelina Orozco
Amy Averett

Contributors

Joan Buttram

Marilyn Fowler

Deborah Donnelly

Margaret Myers

Lacy Wood

National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools SEDL
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Copyright © 2002 by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from SEDL or by submitting a copyright request form accessible at http://www.sedl.org/about/copyright_request.html on the SEDL Web site. This publication was produced in whole or in part with funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, under contract number ED-01-CO-0009. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education, or any other agency of the U.S. government, or any other source.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Executive Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Issue 1—
Clarifying the Concept of
Family and Community Connections with Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 • Ways Families Connect with Schools
• Ways Communities Connect with Schools
• Overarching Factors that Affect Definitions
• Need for Considering Expanded Definitions
• Summary

Issue 2 —
Measuring the Outcomes of
Family and Community Connections with Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 • Outcomes for Students
• Outcomes for Schools
• Outcomes for Families and Communities
• Cautions in Interpreting Outcomes
• Measuring Indirect Relationships and Mediating Factors between Connections and Outcomes
• Need to Measure Both the Process and Outcomes of Connections • Summary

Issue 3 —
Advancing the Research Base for
Family and Community Connections with Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 • Current State of the Research
• Building a Stronger Research Base
• Summary

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Emerging Issues in School, Family, & Community Connections

Issue 4 —
Critical Areas for Research in
Family and Community Connections with Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 •








Forging Connections with Families from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds Connecting Families with Schools in Homework Help
Connecting School, Family, and Community for Effective School Reform Connecting School, Family, and Community through Developmental Approaches and Integrated Service Delivery
Connecting School, Family, and Community to Support Student
Transitions throughout the Education System
Developing Process-Based Approaches to Make Connections
Preparing Educators and Other School Personnel to Make Connections between Schools, Families, and Communities
Summary

Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 References . . . . . . . . . . ....
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