International Research

The Family Engagement Partnership: Student outcome evaluation

(2015) A new study links improvements in the performance of D.C. public elementary school students with Flamboyan Foundation’s Family Engagement Partnership, or FEP, where teachers and school leaders are trained and supported to build trusting relationships with the families of their students and to partner with families to support their children’s academic success. The study, by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, covered 12 D.C. public elementary schools and more than 4,000 students in the 2013-2014 school year. It found that students whose families received a home visit, one of the core strategies in the FEP, had 24 percent fewer absences and were more likely to read at or above grade level compared to similar students who did not receive a home visit.

Family engagement anywhere, anytime

Children learn anywhere, anytime. These learning experiences outside of K–12 schooling—whether online or offline or in early childhood centers, after school programs, summer camps, libraries or museums—give children the skills and experiences they need to develop to be successful in school and life. M. Elena Lopez, Margaret Caspe Harvard Family Research Project 

Organizing schools for improvement 
Research on Chicago school improvement indicates that improving elementary schools requires coherent, orchestrated action across five essential supports by Anthony S. Bryk. (2010).

Seeing Is Believing
Seeing is Believing: Promising Practices for How School Districts Promote Family Engagement spotlights how six school districts across the USA have used innovative strategies to create and sustain family engagement “systems at work”.
Their findings point to three core components of these successful systems:

  • creating district-wide strategies
  • building school capacity, and 
  • reaching out to and engaging families, (2009).


From Periphery To Center: A New Vision For Family, School, And Community
Written by Harvard Family Research Project’s Heather Weiss and Naomi Stephen, this chapter—which will appear in the Handbook of School–Family Partnerships, edited by Sandy Christenson, Ph.D. and Amy Reschley, Ph.D.—presents a comprehensive, integrated family, school, and community partnership framework that can help level the playing field for disadvantaged children and ensure that they have access to the parental involvement and community engagement practices of their more advantaged peers in order to enhance their learning, (2009).

Parent Engagement: Creating a Shared World
Invited Research Paper by Dr Debbie Pushor Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, presented to the Ontario Education Research Symposium.  Parents, feeling marginalized by the professional boundaries drawn around the school, seek ways to establish a voice and a place for themselves on the school landscape, (2007).

Partnerships in Learning: in the Interests of Children, Benefiting All
“This paper reviews the nature and scope of out of school learning, focussing upon the home as a learning milieu, and considers the complementarity of home and school-based learning”. By Professor Sheila Wolfendale, University of East London, (2007).

Effective Family Engagement in Children’s Literacy Skills Development: New Zealand – The Best Evidence
Literacy skills problems can deeply affect young people’s confidence and well-being; the New Zealand research shows families matter most of all here, from as early as possible, (2005).

Parental Involvement in Children’s Education
A survey of parents and carers of children aged 5-16 attending schools, in order to assess parents’ and carer’s levels of involvement of their children’s education – following an earlier survey carried out in 2001. Nick Moon & Claire Ivins: UK Dept for Education & Skills (2004).

The Impact of Parental Involvement, Parent Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievements and Adjustment: A Literature Review
A review of English language literature to explore research findings on the relationship between parental involvement and student achievement and adjustment in schools. Charles Deforges & Alberto Abouchaar, UK Dept for Education & Skills (2003).

A Vision of Home-School Partnership: Three complementary conceptual frameworks
Presented at the ERNAPE Conference (2001). By Dr Rollande Deslandes, Professor at the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada.

The Family-School Partnership Lab
The Family-School Partnership Lab is part of the Psychology and Human Development Department, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, USA, and is dedicated to the scientific investigation of the reciprocal relationships among families, schools, and children. 

International Perspectives On Contexts, Communities And Evaluated Innovative Practices: Family-School-Community Partnerships
School-Parent-Community Partnerships: The Experience Of Teachers Who Received The Queen Rania Award For Excellence In Education In The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan