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Essential Reads

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» A Culture that Engages Every Family, Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D.

» How to Revitalize Your School-Parent Compact, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.

» How Do You Know if You're Really Open to Partnership, Anne Henderson & Karen Mapp

»PTA--Gateway to Engagement, Advocacy, and Access, Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

» The Power of Asking-Instead of Telling, Jody McVittie, M.D.

» Empathy in Action, Rick Ackerly, Ed.M.

Featured Books
We have the only bookstore on the web that highlights the field of family engagement! Check out our current Editor’s Picks and browse books on 1) Engaging Parents, 2) Building Partnerships, and 3) Leading Culture Change in Schools. Order from our site to support our mission!

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Looking for consultants, parent educators, trainers, organization development specialists, parent coaches, or speakers who work in the field of family engagement? Check out our Consultant Directory or submit a free listing!

We are advocates for building collaborative family-school-community partnerships that advance student learning and achievement.

We view achievement broadly, beyond grades and test scores, emphasizing the importance of a child's social, emotional, and intellectual learning and development.

Sponsored by the nonprofit National ParentNet Association, we are a leading resource on engaging  families in the education and positive development of their children. Our site offers many free resources, including a growing Consultant Directory of professionals who work with schools in the family engagement field.  We are also the home of ParentNet, a parent-led program in schools that engages parents in face-to-face conversations about raising healthy, successful kids in grades Pre-K to 12.

ParentNet Unplugged

ParentNet® Unplugged is our BLOG aimed at engaging parents, educators, and community leaders' in frank conversations about theory and best practices in the following areas: 1) Parent Engagement at Home, 2) School-Family Partnerships, 3) Engaging Diverse Families, 4) Technology and Partnership, 5) Out-of-School-Time, 6) Impact of Education Policy.  Learn more.

Our Most Recent Articles:

Managing Your Child�s Food Allergy at School
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D. on October 9, 2013

Does your child have a food allergy? Here are some ways you can be an advocate for your child during school celebrations, and throughout the year.

Volunteer Deja Vu All Over Again
By Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D. on September 27, 2013

Getting volunteers in schools can be a daunting task. Many schools and parent organzations struggle to get the volunteer support they need. While everyone agrees that getting volunteers isn't easy, here are some tips to get your organization started down the right road.

Employing Restorative Measures to Stop Bullying
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on September 4, 2013

Back to school is here and the topic of Bullying in schools in on everyone’s mind. We now know that exclusionary discipline harms children and communities. In this blog-post I share some useful tools that I learned at a recent conference that focused on Restorative Justice Discipline for schools.

Should Schools Teach Values or is that the Parents� Responsibility?
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on August 25, 2013

Teachers have to work harder because parents are doing a bad job of teaching morality and values? There was a time when teachers didn’t have to teach morality, values and “behavior?” This kind of talk can only come from people who don't understand education.

Make Summer Reading a Priority
By Ryan Tracy on June 10, 2013

The Summer months are a great way to encourage reading for their children. Read further how you can set up a summer plan for your children

Why Family Involvement? Because What Happens at Home Comes to School
By Maria Chesley Fisk, PhD on June 3, 2013

Our families are, in essence, our living textbooks - they teach lesson after lesson on how much to value hard work, how to manage time, and how to treat ourselves and others. Learn what research says families do that makes a difference to student learning and achievement.


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