Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons From Five Parental Information And Resource Centers
June 2007
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This guide was developed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. Sharon Horn was project director.

An external advisory group provided feedback to refine the study scope, define the selection criteria, and clarify the text. Members (and their affiliations at the time of the advisory meeting) included Pilar Buelna, director, Parental Information and Resource Center, Families in Schools; Sheila Evans-Tranumn, associate commissioner, Office of New York City School and Community Services; Adam Kernan-Schloss, president, KSAPlus Communications; Sam Redding, executive director, Academic Development Institute; Kim Shipp, parent coordinator, Project SOAR; and Patrick Wolf, associate professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.

Staff in the Department of Education who provided input and reviewed drafts included Steve Brockhouse, Tom Corwin, Kate Devine, Cynthia Dorfman, Fatimah Dozier, David Dunn, Rosemary Fennell, Sarah Flowers, Steve Freid, Virginia Gentles, Margaret Guenther, Patricia Kilby Robb, Dennis Koeppel, Stacy Kreppel, Rik Lanzendorfer, Meredith Miller, Martha Snyder, Tiffany Taber, and Lorraine Wise.

The five Parental Information and Resource Centers and supporting parent involvement organizations participating in the development of this guide and the case studies on which it is based were generous with both their time and attention to this project. We would like to thank those who were instrumental in coordinating and participating in the site visits that informed the case studies and this guide.

Academic Development Institute, PIRC
121 N. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, Ill. 62656
Reatha Owen, Director

The Family Works, a program of the Family Services Agency
610 East Diamond Ave.
Gaithersburg, Md. 20877
Barbara Gimperling, Director

Indiana Center for Family, School, and Community Partnerships
921 E. 86th St., Suite 108
Indianapolis, Ind. 46240
Jacqueline Garvey, Executive Director

Intercultural Development Research Association, PIRC
5835 Callaghan Road, Suite 350
San Antonio, Texas 78228-1190
Aurelio Montemayor, Director

The Utah Family Center, now operating as Utah Family Partnership Network
2500 S. State St., Room D120
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Barbara Smith, Director

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