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Parental Involvement Links

Arkansas Links

Arkansas School Information Site
This site contains information about Arkansas schools, including school report cards, educational indicators, SES data, as well as general information.

Arkansas Department of Education
Parents and educators in Arkansas will find lots of good information about Arkansas schools. Divided into user-friendly sections, visitors to this site can find information on curriculum frameworks, testing, school standards, school choice as well as information about programs such as Smart Start, Next Step, and No Child Left Behind.

Arkansas PTA
This site gives information about the Arkansas Parent Teacher Association. Parents and educators can also access information about the National PTA’s highly acclaimed parent involvement program, Building Successful Partnerships, as well as check out issues of monthly newsletters.

U.S. Department of Education Links

U.S. Department of Education Publications

The Department of Education’s mission and goals are provided in this site. There are sections specifically for educators and administrators which contains information on state and local initiatives, funding opportunities, lesson plans and other resources, as well as information on No Child Left Behind and school performance. A wealth of information for school-based parent educators!!!!

U.S. Department of Education Publications for Parents

The Department of Education has this section for parents which includes excellent information on how parents can become more involved in their child’s education, the Toolkit for Hispanic Families as well as information on college and No Child Left Behind.

U.S. Department of Education Parent Information and Resource Centers

This website provides a program description of Parent Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) in all 50 states, as well as links to each state’s website.

Building Choice:
This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, is designed to help implement and maintain public school choice programs. Included are promising practices from a range of programs, tools, and links to many additional resources to support public school choice efforts.

Other Links

Southwest Educational Development Laboratories
SEDL is a private, non-profit education research, development, and dissemination corporation. SEDL creates and provides research-based products and services to improve teaching and learning.
SEDL Toolkit on Title I Parental Involvement
This toolkit is designed to provide information to those who are implementing Title I Part A parental involvement provisions. By using these tools, you can increases the “transparency” for parental involvement in children’s education.
Academic Development Institute

ADI works with families, schools, and communities to ensure that children may become self-directed learners, avid readers, and responsible citizens. The Families-Schools link contains resources for parents and schools on many aspects of parental involvement in education. Educators and parenting education professionals will also find information on the Solid Foundations program, which was designed by ADI.
Resources, materials, and examples of effective practices of after school programs can be found on this web site. There is also information on funding and grant writing, as well as links to clearinghouses, libraries, news articles, etc.

All Your Parents (Free Teacher Resources)

This site, from the National Center for Family Literacy, has a variety of articles for educators various parent involvement topics, such as developing relationships with parents, setting the climate at their school to encourage parent involvement, and communication.


CASEL works to advance the science and evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning (SEL) for preschool through highschool. Educators and parents can access information on SEL through this site.

Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center
The Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center, which is funded by the Department of Education, produces this web page. There is a section specifically for educators under Resources. Additionally, information on No Child Left Behind can also be found on this site.

Colorin’ Colorado
Reading Rockets, a multimedia initiative of PBS station WETA has launched this web site created specifically for Spanish-speaking parents to help their children learn to read in English. It features illunstrations and entertaining video clips. The site also includes information for educators who have English language learners in their classrooms.

EPIC Every Person Influences Children

EPIC provides help to parents, teachers, and members of the community in raising children to become responsible adults.

Families and Schools Together

FAST is a nonprofit agency that designs and distributes evidence-based family strengthening and parent involvement programs to help kids succeed in school and in life and teach parents to empower their children to succeed.

Education Planet
Links and resources for educators can be found at this site on a variety of subjects. It features over 80,000 teacher-approved lesson plans, as well as other resources.

Family Friendly Schools
This site features a model for schools to improve family engagement, thus becoming more family friendly.

Family-Schools.Org (Monthly Spotlight)
This site spotlights articles each month related to parental involvement. Contains resources for parents and educators on how the school can function as a community rather than in a community.

FINE (Family Involvement Network of Educators)
This website, from the Harvard Family Research Project, contains information for educators through FINE. Besides information about membership in FINE, educators can access past issues of the monthly newsletter, as well as publications dealing with family involvement in education. Includes information on both school-age and early childhood.

George Lucas Educational Foundation: Parent Involvement
The George Lucas Educational Foundation provides parents with articles, research summaries, video clips, and resources to support their involvement in their child’s education. It also includes interviews with school professionals about how to build partnerships and families.

Harvard Family Research Project
Harvard Family Research Project offers many suggestions for books and articles of interest. In addition, the Evaluation Exchange highlights promising progrms and practices.

Hispanic Family Learning Institute
The Hispanic Family Learning Institute is a division of the National Center for Family Literacy and is designed for professionals who work with English Language Learners (ELL) so that they may better understand and educate their Hispanic students and families.

Just for the Kids
This site analyzes school test data to identify how well individual schools are performing, and to determine best practices by studying the highest-performing schools. Searches can be done by state.

Keep Schools Safe
This site features a collection of resources on how parents, students, and educators can keep schools safer. Information is available on a variety of issues ranging from gangs to bullying to natural disasters.

Latino Families Getting Involved In Your Children’s Education
Children are more successful when their families are involved in their education. One of your roles as a parent is to make sure that your child receives the best education possible. To do this, you need to be involved!

Learning Network
This site has great resources for educators. It features sections on lesson planning, classroom management, school-home communication, and professional development, to name a few.

Learning Disability Online
This web site has information for educators and parents on learning disabilities and ADHD. The site contains information on instructional strategies and resources for educators who teach children with LD and ADHD.
National Center for Education Statistics
This site, sponsored by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” offers information on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environments.

National Center for Family Literacy
The National Center for Family Literacy services include professional development for practitioners who work in children’s education, adult education, English as a Second Language, and related literacy fields; and the Family Literacy Alliance, a membership program. Contains free online resources for literacy programs. Also contains family literacy activities, for families.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education is dedicated to developing effective family/school partnerships in schools throughout America. The site gives guidelines for schools and school districts in developing partnerships, as well as publications and current news.

National Council of LaRaza
Works to build community-school education collaborative, strengthen the quality of education for Hispanics, and effectively involve Hispanic families in their children’s education

National PTA
Information about the National Parent Teacher Association can be located here. This site contains information about PTA’s history, current legislative activity, programs that the PTA is involved with, links to state PTA groups and other child advocacy organizations, as well as discussion groups. The Parent Resources section also contains articles on how parents can help their child with school.

Parent Academic Resources IncorporatedSite works to overcome the common view held by parents with children in middle school and high school which is: “Since I don’t know how to teach chemistry, literature, and algebra I can’t help my child with schoolwork”.

Parent Involvement Matters
A resource for educators, administrators, and parent leaders working to increase family-school-community partnerships.

The Partnership for Reading
The Partnership for Reading offers information about the effective teaching of reading for children, adolescents, and adults, based on the evidence from quality research. This site features products for parents, teacher, and administrators that contain information on reading instruction suggested by their research.

Project Appleseed
Project Appleseed is a major educational resource and advocate for parents and families engaged in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness in America’s public schools.

Safety Zone
The Safety Zone is a clearinghouse for information and materials related to school safety.

School Data Direct
School Data Direct is a place for parents, educators, researchers and and policymakers to access information about U.S. public schools. Information on individual schools can be viewed, as well as comparison data and searches for better performing schools and schools that meet specific criteria. Check to see how your child’s school measures up!