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Family Friendly Walk Throughs with ALPIRC and AZPIRC

Organization: Alabama Parent Information Resource Center
Date: 2010
Description:

Both the ALPIRC and the AZPIRC conduct these comprehensive evaluations to help schools engage families in a way that will lead to increased student achievement.


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Parent Involvement in Education: The Key to Future Success

Organization: Prevent Child Abuse, New Jersey
Date: 2010
Description:

School-age children spend 70% of their waking hours, including weekends and holidays, outside of school. It's no surprise that the family can have a dramatic impact on a child's learning and academic success -- in fact, the greater the involvement, the greater the impact on a child's achievement. Research has shown that family participation in education was a better predictor of students' academic success -- more than their socioeconomic status.


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Take a Stand Against Bullying (Excerpt)

Organization: PBS (In the Mix)
Date: 2010
Description: Research from the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) National Bullying Campaign shows that up to 25% of U.S. students are bullied each year. As many as 160,000 may stay home from school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied. Now, the growing trend of cyberbullying comes into the home via computers. At least 1 out of 3 teens say they have been seriously threatened online, and 60% of teens say they have participated in online bullying. Hosted by Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, herself a victim of bullying, this solution oriented program presents a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to preventing bullying. It also provides help and advice to victims, parents and bystanders. Her personal experience is interwoven with compelling stories of teens who have also been bullied.


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Teen Immigrants (Excerpt)

Organization: PBS (In the Mix)
Date: 2010
Description: A record number of immigrants are being naturalized in America, especially Hispanic and Asian groups. However, animosity towards immigrants and tensions over race and customs are often sources of violent confrontations. As one young immigrant described it, America is less of a melting pot and more of a "salad bowl with lots of little chunks." In the Mix profiles five teen immigrants of different races and countries, including the Dominican Republic, China, Russia, Africa and India/Tanzania, to convey a deeper understanding of their motivation in coming to America. We learn about the experiences and challenges they face, as well as their aspirations for the future. In addition to breaking down stereotypes, the program is also supportive and of high interest to teen immigrants.


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What Makes a School Worth Going To? (Excerpt)

Organization: PBS (In the Mix)
Date: 2010
Description: What makes a school worth going to? Four youth media teams set out to answer this important question by creating short personal documentaries about their schools. Thomas, in New Mexico, does poorly in academic subjects until he discovers unrecognized skills in a school arts program and gains the confidence to tackle more academic subjects. In Evanston, IL, students show that excellent teaching requires a mixture of inspiring pedagogy, emotional coaching and a strong dose of personalized attention. Students in San Antonio highlight a successful magnet school with only 450 students, teachers and administrators. Finally, Perpich Center for Arts Education provides academic and personal security for students in Minnesota. These videos depict a road map of hope and success for public school systems.


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Successful School Turnarounds: Seven Steps for District Leaders

Organization: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Date: 2009
Description: This webcast was presented by Julie Kowal of Public Impact. It provides suggestions about committing to success, choosing the right schools for applying a turnaround strategy, developing a pipeline of turnaround leaders, giving leaders the “big yes,” holding leaders accountable for results, prioritizing teacher hiring in turnaround schools and proactively engaging the community.

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"Tellin' Stories" Project Aims at Closing the Gaps

Organization: National Education Association
Date: 2008
Description:

Tellin' Stories is a program designed to increase parental involvement and student achievement in America's public schools. This video is a co-production of The National Education Association, Teaching for Change, and The Maryland State Parental Information and Resource Center.


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Schools that Work: Adult Role Models Inspire Students

Organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Date: 2008
Description:

A social worker at Parks Middle School in urban Atlanta describes his work with students and families at the school and the role that community service plays in improving results for kids and families at Parks. Focused attention to student and family needs outside of school has helped Parks change from a chronically failing school to best in the district.


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Schools that Work: Data Helps Students Succeed

Organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Date: 2008
Description: The instructional specialist at Parks Middle School in inner-city Atlanta defines data and talks about the role that it plays in improving results for kids and families at the school. Intelligent use of data helped Parks change from a chronically failing school to best in the district.


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Schools that Work: Parent Involvement Contributes to Results

Organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Date: 2008
Description:

A parent at Parks Middle School in Atlanta describes her involvement at the school and how it contributes to improved results for students. Engaged parents helped Parks change from a chronically failing school to best in the district.


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