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Federal Resources

The complete Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Public Law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)

Section 1118 of NCLB: Title I — Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged addresses Parental Involvement specifically.

• The U.S. Department of Education provides further explanation of the parental involvement provisions of NCLB, Title I, Section 1118, in Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A—Non-Regulatory Guidance. April 23, 2004. U.S. Department of Education.

“No Child Left Behind: What Parents Need to Know” a parent’s guide to NCLB.

NCLB Glossary of Terms

Organizations

Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) is a national network of people interested on promoting strong partnerships between children’s educators, their families, and their communities. It is a project of the Harvard Family Research Project. FINE offers a wealth of resources online. FINE membership is open to anyone and is free. Members receive a monthly email that describes the latest family involvement research, toolkits, and training resources.

Harvard Family Research Project , Harvard Graduate School of Education conducts ongoing reviews of research on programs that link family involvement in children education to student outcomes. Its “Family Involvement Makes a Difference in School Success: Research Brief,” 2006, gives recent findings.

Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association http://www.masspta.org is our state chapter of the national PTA, and educational organization seeking to unite the forces of home, school, and community on behalf of children and youth. Local PTA can also be found through this website.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE). is a coalition of major education, community, public service, and advocacy organizations working to create meaningful family-school partnerships in every school in America.

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) provides a wealth of resources for parents and teachers.

Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) are independent organizations rather than being formally affiliated with the PTA. The national organization has a host of resources and programs for local PTO organizations.

Public Education Network (PEN) is a national association working to advance public school reform in low-income communiti4es across the country. The PEN Website has a rich body of resource of materials on the No Child left Behind Act for parents and educators.

NCPIE and PEN have developed a series of Action Briefs on NCLB. “Parental Involvement: Action Guide for Parents and Communities ,” April 23, 2004, describes Section 1118 of NCLB.

All the NCLB Action Briefs are listed separately and can easily be accessed online.

The Education Trust is committed to closing the achievement and has many useful resources and tip sheets to help parents understand NCLB.

Articles/Publications

A Parent Guide to No Child Left Behind ,” 2004, was written by our counterpart, the PIRC in Illinois. Part 2 is a useful list of practical, everyday things parents can do to help children learn. Other sections cover school-parent relationships, homework, and key aspects of NCLB.

Declaration of Rights for Parents of English Language Learners,”2003, summarizes key rights of parents under NCLB, with an emphasis on parents of English Language Learners.

It Takes a Parent: Transforming Education in the Wake of the No Child Left Behind Act,” September 2006, provides an extensive review of all the requirements regarding parental involvement and what is needed to make sure they are actually implemented.

Parent Involvement in Schools: Best Practice Brief,” June 2004, aimed at school personnel, focuses on NCLB Section 1118 and summarizes information about the impact that parent involvement can have and the many ways parents can be involved with schools.

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