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Parent/School Collaboration

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Handouts are available in either print or digital format. Printed handouts are free to keep. Digital materials are available to download at your convenience.

Lending Library - Books (8)

Lending Library - DVDs (2)

Handouts (14)

Books

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships
by Anne T. Henderson, Vivian Johnson, Karen L. Mapp, and Don Davies
Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. Beyond the Bake Sale shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work. Written with candor, clarity, and humor, Beyond the Bake Sale is essential reading for teachers, parents on the front lines in public schools, and administrators and policy makers at all levels.

Building Successful Partnerships
National PTA by Dr. James P. Comer
Based on research, Building Successful Partnerships provides a blueprint for developing quality parent involvement programs that work. This practical resource focuses on ways to implement the six National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs: Communicating, Volunteering, Parenting, School Decision Making and Advocacy, Student Learning, and Collaborating with the Community.

Creating Parent and Family Involvement: 101 Ideas for Teachers Who Care
by Hobart L. Harmon, Ph.D. and Ben H. Dickens, Ed.D.
Research reveals successful teachers share responsibility for student achievement. How can teachers get parents and family members to support student success in school? In this book you will: learn why parent and family involvement create student success; use a five-step process and simple self-assessment tool for creating meaningful parent and family involvement; discover how to implement 101 parent and family involvement ideas; receive over 50 tips teachers can give parents in helping their child be successful in school; and receive over 40 appetizer recipes for use in parent and family involvement activities.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Parents and Professionals Working Together for Children with Special Needs
by Janice Fialka & Karen Mikus
Do You Hear What I Hear? Is designed to be used by parents of children with special needs, professionals who work with families, university faculty members, and other trainers. It is filled with thoughtful stories, suggestions for next steps in partnerships, and practical insights. Highly readable, it is a resource which can enhance self-reflection, personnel preparation, and parent-professional training.

Families, Professionals, and Exceptionality: Positive Outcomes Through Partnerships and Trust
by Ann Turnbull, Rud Turnbull, Elizabeth Erwin, & Leslie Soodak
The best-known authors in the field of family and professional collaboration, this practical text instructs teachers, education professionals, and families on how to empower, collaborate, and advocate for children with special needs and how everyone involved can form lasting partnerships for the betterment of the children they live for and serve. The book has always been strong in its depiction of family systems theory, the history and current status of policy, and the principles of partnership and their application by teachers and other professionals, as well as the plethora of practical advice given to help educators find true ways to apply these principles on the job. The inclusion of authentic stories and genuine depictions of special needs people and their families only deepens the authenticity and richness of the narrative, and adds a unique and touching human element to the subject at hand.

Parents Assuring Student Success
by John R. Ban
Parents Assuring Students Success (PASS) is a stairway to greater family involvement in a child's education. Its main focus is to draw home and school, parent and child, closer together to create a "connection" that has proven to lead to increased student performance in the classroom. Developed in an urban school system in Northwest Indiana, this program successfully motivated and involved low-income families in their children's education. These parents took greater responsibility for their children's learning after discovering how to teach the study skills and values necessary for success in school. Once schooled at home in specific techniques for learning, children should perform at a higher level in the classroom and their test scores, motivation, and self-esteem all should rise.

School, Family, and Community Partnerships
by Joyce L. Epstein
This comprehensive book explains the theory, practice, and benefits of school and family partnerships, incorporating ideas and lesson plans that teachers and school officials may use to involve parents in the education of their children. It is a valuable research tool, college text, and professional handbook.

Working With Parents: Building Relationships for Student Success
by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.
Understanding the mindsets of different economic classes can help teachers become far more effective in communicating with the parents of their students. The author offers a fountain of knowledge and dozens of helpful hints for working with parents from different socioeconomic classes. In short, this book provides a number of keys that will unlock previously closed doors and bring better understanding - and stronger communication - between educators and parents.

DVDs

Connecting Parents To Schools: Parental Involvement Curriculum
by Educational Activities, Inc.
This program clearly shows parents how activities at home can support academic goals at school. The importance of giving children a home environment that supports learning, daily structure, responsibilities, physical and mental activities are demonstrated. Important tips on communicating with teachers and preparing for parent-teacher meetings help parents become advocates for their children's education.

Play To Learn: Parental Involvement Curriculum
by Educational Activities, Inc.
The importance of playing with blocks and balls, painting, cooking, cutting, stringing beads and doing puzzles is demonstrated. The program explores how play helps develop vocabulary, counting, critical thinking, coordination, as well as social skills such as cooperation, listening, and self-discipline.

Handouts

Como participar en la educacion de su hijo(a): Manual para Padres (How To Be Involved in Your Child's Education)
Channing Bete
El manual interactivo explica los beneficios de la participación de los padres en la educación y describe maneras efectivas de hacer que el aprendizaje sea un acontecimiento cotidiano. Alienta a los padres a anotar sus expectativas y reglas para su hijo, hacer un seguimiento de la información de contacto importante, registrar las preguntas que puedan tener sobre las políticas de la escuela, seguir el progreso de su hijo y más. Las secciones de relleno, las hojas de trabajo y otras funciones interactivas hacen que los manuales sean ideales para referencias continuas. (Interactive handbook explains the benefits of parent involvement in education and describes effective ways to make learning an everyday occurrence. Encourages parents to write down their expectations and rules for their child, keep track of important contact information, record questions they may have about school policies, track their child's progress, and more. Fill-in sections, worksheets, and other interactive features make handbooks ideal for ongoing reference.) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #155

Get Involved: Keeping Tabs On Your Child's Education
Channing Bete
You play a big role in your child's education. This means working with your child and his or her school to ensure the best education possible. No matter how old your child is, it's never too late to get involved! (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #61

How to Be Involved in Your Child's Education: A Parent's Handbook
Channing Bete
Interactive handbook explains the benefits of parent involvement in education and describes effective ways to make learning an everyday occurrence. Encourages parents to write down their expectations and rules for their child, keep track of important contact information, record questions they may have about school policies, track their child's progress, and more. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #145

Las reuniones de padres y maestros (Parent-Teacher Conferences: Keeping Tabs on your Child's Success in School)
Channing Bete
Esta guía es una gran manera de ayudar a los padres a entender la importancia de las conferencias de padres y maestros - ¡e incrementar la participación de los padres! Incluye información sobre cómo prepararse para una conferencia, los tipos de preguntas que pueden hacer, las estrategias para maximizar la eficacia de la conferencia y maneras de mantener la comunicación después. (This guide is a great way to help parents understand the importance of parent-teacher conferences -- and to boost parent involvement! Includes information on how to prepare for a conference, the types of questions they can ask, strategies to maximize the effectiveness of the conference, and ways to maintain communication afterwards.) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #84

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Keeping Tabs On Your Child's Success In School
Channing Bete
This guide is a great way to help parents understand the importance of parent-teacher conferences -- and to boost parent involvement! Includes information on how to prepare for a conference, the types of questions they can ask, strategies to maximize the effectiveness of the conference, and ways to maintain communication afterwards. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #96

Participe! Seleccione y lea sobre la educación de su hijo(a) (Get Involved! Keeping Tabs on your Child's Education)
Channing Bete
Usted juega un papel importante en la educación de su hijo. Esto significa trabajar con su hijo y su escuela para asegurar la mejor educación posible. No importa la edad de su hijo, nunca es demasiado tarde para participar! (You play a big role in your child's education. This means working with your child and his or her school to ensure the best education possible. No matter how old your child is, it's never too late to get involved!) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #99

Pasos Hacia el Exito: Comunicacion con la escuela de su hijo
CADRE
This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Developed in partnership with the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). (Spanish)
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Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School
CADRE
This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Developed in partnership with the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). (English)
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Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School: Arabic Language
CADRE
This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Developed in partnership with the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). (Arabic)
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Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School: Chinese Language
CADRE
This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. Developed in partnership with the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). (Mandarin)
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Sus responsabilidades escolares
Channing Bete
With text in both English and Spanish, this concise title explains why parent involvement matters, encourages building a partnership with teachers and administrators, offers tips on supporting education at home, and urges prioritizing good behavior and attendance. Also emphasizes the benefits of ongoing communication and setting clear expectations. (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #143

Ways to Engage in Your Child's School to Support Student Health and Learning
CDC
As a parent, you want your child to do well in school. You also want your child to be healthy and avoid behaviors that are risky or harmful. Through your guidance and support, you can have great influence on your child’s health and learning. One way you can show your support is by being involved in your child’s school. (English)
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Your Guide to Supporting Your Child at School
Channing Bete
This guide highlights the critical role parents play in their child's education and provides practical tips to support learning. Guide explains the importance of a parent-school partnership, setting a foundation for learning at home, encouraging healthy habits, supporting homework efforts, getting to know school staff, and more. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #140

Your School Responsibilities -- Understanding A Parent's Role
Channing Bete
With text in both English and Spanish, this concise title explains why parent involvement matters, encourages building a partnership with teachers and administrators, offers tips on supporting education at home, and urges prioritizing good behavior and attendance. Also emphasizes the benefits of ongoing communication and setting clear expectations. (English-Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #142

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