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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!

Consultant Directory
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:

Connecting is the Key to Educating
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on May 27, 2013

Connecting is the key to educating. The relationship we build may not be the only thing we accomplish when we teach, but it is far ahead of whatever else is in second place.

April is Autism Awareness Month: 4 Great Reads from Parents in the Know
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D on April 28, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month. If you are a parent who knows or suspects that your child has autism, there is a large online parent community that will provide you and your child with support and resources.

Common Core Standards: What Parents Need to Know
By Ryan M. Tracy on March 25, 2013

Leveling the educational playihg field for all students regardless of their zip code is what Common Core Standards are deemed to provide. But we will need the support of our parents to truly initiate these standards in our states.

When Parents Advocate for the Right Stuff
By Rick Ackerly, Ed.M. on March 7, 2013

When we parents advocate for our children, let's make sure we advocate for the right things.

Kindergarten � Successfully Launching Your Child Into the K-12 System
By Meryl Ain, Ed.D on March 4, 2013

Is your five-year-old going to kindergarten next fall? Here are some tips to make for a seamless transition for you and your child.

Alfie Kohn on Parent Involvement in Education
By Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D. on February 11, 2013

Alfie Kohn, a highly respected leader in the field of education and parenting, asks some critical questions about parent involvement. Are we so focused on how many parents are involved that we've lost sight of the nature of their engagement?


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