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Community Forum Stresses Essential Component of Student Success: Family Engagement

Karen Mapp

Family engagement expert Karen Mapp, Ed.D., talked to parents, community members, and educators at a forum this afternoon in East Hartford.

“If you have no family and community engagement strategy, there will be no school improvement,”  Karen Mapp, Ed.D., a community engagement expert, told a room crowded with over 120 people at the Holiday Inn in East Hartford this afternoon. The group of parents, community members, educators, future educators, and administrators attended the Community Forum — Linking for Learning — to learn more about building relationships between schools and communities.

Mapp, a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management master’s program, said that many times schools don’t tell families all of what they need to know. “A lot of what we tell parents is about discipline and rules,” she said. “They want to know about academics. We need to make academic offerings more family friendly.” Read more

Why Parental Involvement Absolutely Is Important

East Hartford classroomA recent New York Times op-ed claimed that parental involvement isn’t important to student achievement and may hamper kids’ success in school. Controversy draws readers, but an article in NEA Today explains the many problems with this assertion and the study the op-ed authors cite.

Anne Henderson, a leading expert on family and community engagement who spoke earlier this year at a community forum sponsored by CEA and other education groups, is quoted in the NEA Today piece as saying, “There is a large body of reliable research that shows well-designed family engagement practices are associated with higher grades, higher test scores, better attendance, more motivation, and moving onto post-secondary education.” Read more