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Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

March 01, 2017

Turning Points builds on the programmatic insights from Relationships Come First by asking young people enrolled in career pathways programs in four cities – Café Momentum in Dallas; Per Scholas in the Bronx, Urban Alliance in Washington, DC, and Year Up in the Bay Area – to  describe how the relationships in their lives shape their development.
Defining Webs of Support: A New Framework to Advance Understanding of Relationships and Youth Development

March 01, 2017

In this brief, the authors present a web of support framework to describe how youth relate to adults and peers in their lives, and how these relationships provide the supports necessary for young people to thrive. This framework is composed of three key layers, each of which contributes to a young person’s development: relationships, resources, and networks/social capital.
Building Blocks of a GradNation: Assets for Keeping Young People in School

September 19, 2015

Much has been written about how to prevent students from leaving high school before graduating, and which life experiences or risk factors
Transforming East Lake: Systematic Intentionality in Atlanta

March 31, 2014

The East Lake community in Atlanta faced high rates of violence and unemployment and low graduation rates. Now, more than 20 years after its decline, the neighborhood — and life for its young people — has dramatically improved. 
Navigating and Negotiating Pathways for Success: Capturing the Life Experiences of Urban Youth and Their Caregivers

January 20, 2014

This work is part of a larger study by the Center for Promise of how communities come together to support young people, and how young people and their families navigate and negotiate those communities to succeed academically and vocationally, and engage civically. For this study, the Center for Promise conducted two rounds of in-depth interviews, approximately six months apart, with 47 pairs of caregivers and youth in four urban communities in the Northeast and Southeast United States. The questions explored the ways that youth and their families navigate and negotiate their communities to…
Breaking New Ground: Data Systems Transform Family Engagement in Education

June 10, 2013

National PTA and the Harvard Family Research Project have partnered to author this brief, which describes how investments in student data systems are taking family engagement and student achievement to a whole new level. In addition to addressing areas where a student most needs improvement, the data can serve as a catalyst for home-school communication.
National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

June 10, 2013

This resource outlines the PTA's research-based national standards for family-school partnerships. It provides the research findings that are the basis for their standards and a brief summary of the standards themselves. To download the full National Standards Implementation Guide, please visit http://www.pta.org/2757.asp.
Parents' Guide to Student Success

June 10, 2013

The National PTA has produced guides on the Common Core State Standards for parents.These guides empower parents to work with state and district leaders to ensure that the Common Core State Standards are implemented effectively in schools across the country. National PTA has released a total of 11 guides, including one guide for each grade, K-8, and two guides for high school in English language arts and mathematics. The guides are also available in Spanish.
Seeing Is Believing: Promising Practices for How School Districts Promote Family Engagment

June 10, 2013

Released by the Harvard Family Research Project, Seeing is Believing: Promising Practices for How School Districts Promote Family Engagement spotlights how six school districts across the country have used innovative strategies to create and sustain family engagement “systems at work.” Their findings point to three core components of these successful systems: creating district-wide strategies, building school capacity, and reaching out to and engaging families.
State Laws on Family Engagement in Education

June 10, 2013

A new publication from the National PTA provides key facts, background, analysis, noteworthy statutes, and policy recommendations for state PTAs and other family and child advocates for crafting successful school-family engagement legislation at the state level. The reference guide has two declared purposes. It provides information on family engagement provisions within state education laws, so that families can better advocate for their children's education on the school and district levels.