The work of the Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC) is guided by the overarching principle that all families have strengths and all families play a critical role in their children’s educational success. The project works through faith-based and community organizations. It is school-based and school-linked.
The CT Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26. The Center is committed to the idea that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children, given the confidence that knowledge and understanding of special education law and its procedures can bring.
Healthy Home Healthy Child is a community based organization providing prevention and intervention strategies and services to parents, families and members of the community. It offers programs and services that create an environment of learning and enrichment.
A CT Parent Power slide presentation offering a simple, straightforward explanation of why many of Connecticut's towns struggle to fund our local school districts.
The Connecticut After School Network is a partnership of individuals and organizations working to make this vision a reality. Network partners recognize that quality after school programs provide positive child and youth development while meeting their community's needs for keeping kids safe and families productively employed. They understand that families need a wide range of interesting and age-appropriate choices for when their children are not in school.
The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, its work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care. CAP's education work is particularly strong.
This is the "Parents How You Can Do It" section of George Lucas' edutopia web site. Edutopia's vision is of a new world of learning, a place where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered to change education for the better; where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technologies; where innovation is the rule, not the exception; and where students become lifelong learners and develop 21st-century skills, especially in information literacy.
ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN FAMILY, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
This is an archived webinar series where national, regional, and local organizations explore family, school, and community, engagement research, best practices from the field, and new innovations that are making a difference in school improvement and student learning.
LEARNING FIRST ALLIANCE
The Learning First Alliance is a permanent partnership of 16 education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. They share examples of success, encourage collaboration at every level, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.
ENGAGING PARENTS IN SCHOOL....
This topical blog is designed to support and follow-up Building Parent Engagement in Schools, a 2009 book written by Larry Ferlazzo, a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA who spent nineteen years working as a community organizer.
TIGHTENING UP TITLE 1 - A Center for American Progress event
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act of 1965 is the largest school program operated by the Department of Education. Title I began as an antipoverty program whose funds were meant to ameliorate the educational disadvantages of growing up in concentrated poverty. This goal has evolved into a broader responsibility around equity—closing achievement gaps. And Title I has become the pivot point for an education reform movement aiming to bolster U.S. economic competitiveness by promoting higher overall levels of academic achievement. Through statutes, regulations, and guidance, Title I guides school districts’ and state educational agencies’ behavior. There are undoubtedly ways to align incentives embodied by the program to serve better the complex purpose of Title I. See details from a March, 2011 conference featuring seven new papers that examine fiscal requirements and other provisions around the expenditure of and accounting for Title I funds. The papers draw on existing evidence to develop recommendations for policymakers.