Like other areas of education innovation, there are no silver bullets when it comes to pressing questions of how best to engage parents and families, particularly in high-need schools, in order to raise student achievement. But there are informative studies as well as researchers and practitioners on the front lines of family engagement who possess insights that can point the way. With the prospect of doubling the amount of Title I funds set aside for parental and family engagement, promising policies and practices that can be pursued and brought to scale in this area of education reform are more important than ever before.
Dr. Karen Mapp, lecturer on education and director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has joined the Office of Parental Options and Information (POI) as a consultant to explore a number of pressing issues of both policy and practice – ones that will inform and improve not only POI’s work, but also the broader policy framework of parental and family engagement as it applies to Title I and other nationwide federal school improvement efforts.
Dr. Mapp recently sat down with POI Director Anna Hinton for a conversation about the number of issues they expect to tackle, including the need to move family engagement from an event-driven approach to a strategy that’s embraced as a critical component of whole-school reform. To read the entire interview, visit the Office of Innovation and Improvement’s (OII) homepage.
You can also receive email updates from OII by clicking here.
Office of Innovation and Improvement