Family Engagement

Tolerance
In divisive times, a look at how one group pushes back on prejudice, starting early.
Parents as Allies in Reducing Absences
Targeting parental beliefs about attendance can get more kids to school, more often.
The Other Achievement Gap
The lessons we can learn from Asian American success.
Teaching in Complex Times
In our latest podcast, frank talk about ethical dilemmas and civic controversies in the classroom.
Growth Mindset and Children’s Health
Not just for school — a positive mindset has potential to boost physical well-being, too.
Raising Kind Children
How to guide children to be empathetic and ethical across every setting.
From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
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New tools to help educators and support students in controversial scenarios.
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Talking with kids about the election and what's next — and helping them find their voice.
Second Lady Jill Biden recording an EdCast
Second Lady Jill Biden and fellow teachers lead the drive to support the educational and social-emotional needs of military children.
Beyond Stereotype
Breaking the grip of the “model minority” caricature to see students as individuals.
Undocumented and Educated
Helping students and families navigate their opportunities, amid the realities of immigration policy in the United States.
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Resources for parents and educators on talking to kids about trauma.
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How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success.
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Why kids lose math knowledge, and how families can work to counteract it.
Mathematics, Everywhere for Everyone
Bridging the gap between math in the classroom and math at home — for all families.
Six city mayors shown on stage at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Launching a community-wide effort to break down the barriers to success for low-income students.
Building Success at Home
How parents can build and model self-regulation skills to bolster children’s success.
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Advice from an educator and artist about how to make the most of your family’s next museum visit.
Understanding Neglect
Why is a caring relationship with an adult so important to a child’s healthy development?
Tough Choices
A social media campaign shines light on the ethical dilemmas teens face — and how to navigate them.
Literacy textbooks stacked on a desk
Strategies for parents and educators to encourage children to read — from infancy to high school
Keeping Teachers in High-Poverty Schools
The organizational supports teachers need to serve students in high-poverty urban schools.
How to Raise a Voracious Reader
Promoting literacy with dinnertime storytelling, family conversation, and books about food.
Data Dialogue
Tips for educators on sharing student data with families.
Parent-Teacher Partnership
Four trends reshaping the traditional parent-teacher conference.
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Marking Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of resources for Latino family engagement.
start with kindness
To stop bullying, a new social media campaign asks us to start with kindness.
Tipping the Scales
An interactive game shows how community choices can build resilience in the face of hardship.
Learning By Telling
How case studies — reading them, writing them — can improve your family engagement practice and open new channels of communication.
When the Classroom Feels Hostile
How stigma, stereotype, and labels can affect kids with learning disabilities.
Complicated
Simple ideas that can really work to change education.
The Path to Resilience
A new video series shows how resilience is built, one positive adult relationship at a time.
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After Baltimore, helping young people explore their feelings about violence, race, and their communities.
Parenting
Strategies for parental involvement in school during the teenage years.
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Turning everyday moments into brain-building blockbusters for young children.
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New ideas on how to create opportunities for all parents and all children.
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Tips for parents and educators on talking to kids about the unthinkable and inevitable events in life.
An easel and toys in an early education classroom
A smooth transition to school lays the groundwork for later success.
Resilient kids
How we can change our policies to help disadvantaged kids cope and thrive.
Resilient Kids
Why some children can thrive despite adversity.
Liar
The dog ate your what? Four tips for parents on handling little white lies to tall tales.
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Parents can help their teens succeed in school — and beyond — by helping them pursue their goals and interests.
UK Read
How can parents and educators turn the page on kids who are reading less and computing more?
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The Harvard Family Research Project places emphasis on the links between leadership and family engagement on Presidents Day.
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A conversation with Meredith Rowe about how to lay the groundwork for your child’s vocabulary growth.
Mirror
Ron Ferguson talks about opportunity, achievement, and raising the bar for all students.
A photo of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC
Inspired by the messages of MLK, the Harvard Family Research Project produces a resource to help families lead the way.
Holiday Apps
With school vacation week approaching, a guide for families to make the best use of their digital time.
Senior Lecturer Karen Mapp
Karen Mapp describes the origins and goals of the new framework adopted by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Five earliest-learning interventions for parents of infants and toddlers.
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Case studies produced by the Harvard Family Research Project delve into key topics of family engagement in schools.
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Professor Karen Mapp explains what really works when it comes to cultivating partnerships between home and school.
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The Harvard Family Research Project provides tips and tools on maximizing the school-to-family relationship.
Professor Nancy Hill
When it comes to parental involvement, how can families best navigate the path to student success?
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A longitudinal study highlights family involvement as a key to literacy performance.
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A series of briefs examine the benefits of family involvement across the developmental continuum.