Letters to Congress about new report, Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0 - Infinite Campus Parent Portal, Ninth Grade Outreach Program
January 17, 2012
The Infinite Campus Parent Portal in the Washoe School District in Reno, Nevada, is one of 16 exemplary efforts profiled in Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0, a new research-based report on the role of families and communities in raising student achievement from the National Education Association, which represents 3.2 million educators nationwide.
Family School Partnerships 2.0 is part of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign, which aims to transform struggling schools — especially the bottom five percent eligible for U.S. Department of Education School Improvement Grants — in collaboration with parents, students, and community groups. Such efforts are most effective “when schools link activities for families to what students are learning and doing in class,” according to the report.
The Washoe School District was singled out because of its focus on at-risk students and success in involving community groups. For example, the Nevada State Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) trains parents to use the portal. The Boys and Girls Club and county libraries offer computer kiosks where parents can log-in to check their child’s progress.
NEA members play an active role in all of the initiatives profiled in the report. Other common elements include mechanisms to evaluate student outcomes, reasonable cost, and potential for replication. Successful strategies identified by the researchers include:
- Setting high expectations for students
- Using data to determine priorities and strategies
- Tailoring programs to local needs
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