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Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, provides strategies for family involvement and community collaboration to support student achievement through ongoing research. Among its projects, the Family Involvement Network of Educators connects over 300 teacher-trainers committed to preparing educators for greater family involvement in education. Resources include research, publications and training tools on various topics related to increasing family involvement. In addition, HFRP offers two online services free of charge: a new database of after-school program evaluations, now available in a pilot version, and a monthly newsletter, The Evaluation Exchange, a compilation of articles from evaluators and practitioners worldwide. For more information, visit http://gseweb.harvard.edu/hfrp/.
IBM will contribute an additional $25 million to expand its Reinventing Education grant program, bringing the total value of this technology and school reform initiative to $70 million. Since 1994, IBM has provided Reinventing Education grants to 21 school districts and states in the United States, as well as to eight countries, to develop technology solutions that support school reform efforts and raise student achievement. Grants in Charlotte and Durham, N.C., and Detroit, Mich., are implementing the IBM Learning Village, an Internet-based tool that connects schools with homes, community centers and housing developments to allow parents to conference with teachers, learn about their children's homework, and see how their children are performing against standards. Parents in Durham have additional access to computers through a partnership with Duke University. For more information, visit www.ibm.com/ibm/ibmgives/ or call 914-499-6692.
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), a nonprofit organization based in Louisville, Ky., is dedicated to improving literacy services for families to gain the resources they need to support their children's education. NCFL developed a literacy model that integrates adult education instruction, children's education, Parent and Child Together Time, and Parent Time into a comprehensive program for families with preschoolers. While their children learn in nearby classrooms, parents pursue their own educational goals. During the day, parents and children work and play together, giving parents the chance to increase their skills as their children's first teachers. Because of the model's success, NCFL began development of a school-age model, which is being implemented in 45 Title I elementary schools nationwide. For more information, visit www.famlit.org or call 1-877-FAM-LIT-1 (1-877-326-5481).
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