Select SEDL Resources Related to Afterschool, Family, & Community Learning Beyond the School Day

Published in SEDL Letter Volume XX, Number 2, August 2008, Afterschool, Family, and Community
    • Readiness: School, Family, & Community Connections
      Martha Boethel
      This synthesis describes 48 research studies addressing factors associated with children’s readiness to attend school. Readiness explores children’s abilities as they make the transition to kindergarten, factors associated with these abilities, and how these factors can affect children’s later academic success. It also discusses the effectiveness of early childhood or preschool interventions that include a family or community focus.
      Product ID: FAM-37
“By collaborating and sharing what we know about engaging the family and community, we can help schools make good decisions about their involvement programs so that such efforts make a difference to those who matter most—our children.”

Catherine Jordan,
SEDL program manager
Afterschool, Family, and Community Program

  • Diversity: School, Family, & Community Connections
    Martha Boethel
    Improving achievement among diverse student populations is one of the most pressing problems in education today. This research synthesis examines roles that culturally diverse families can play in increasing student achievement and explores barriers to family involvement. It also discusses strategies schools can use to address those barriers.
    Product ID: FAM-35
  • A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement
    Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp
    SEDL’s best-selling and often-cited research synthesis highlights 150 research studies on different kinds of school, family, and community connections and the results these connections can have on student achievement. A New Wave also discusses how schools can effectively connect with families from all backgrounds.
    Product ID: FAM-33
  • Emerging Issues in School, Family, & Community Connections
    Catherine Jordan, Evangelina Orozco, and Amy Averett
    More than 160 journal articles and publications are reviewed in Emerging Issues. It discusses research that clarifies the concept of family and community connections with schools, measures the outcomes of these connections, frames issues, and identifies critical areas for future research.
    Product ID: FAM-32
  • The School-Family Connection: Looking at the Larger Picture
    Chris Ferguson
    Ferguson reviewed 32 new studies examining family and community connections with schools, all published between 2005-2008. Ferguson discusses her findings and presents a short summary of each study.
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  • Award-Winning Online Afterschool Training Toolkit
    This toolkit is designed by the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning for the U.S. Department of Education to give afterschool program directors and instructors the resources they need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching activities that not only engage students but also extend their knowledge in new ways and increase academic achievement.
  • From the Afterschool Training Toolkit Short Videos of Promising Practices in Afterschool
    Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation, the award-winning short videos on this DVD are taken from the online Afterschool Training Toolkit developed by the National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning for the U.S. Department of Education. The videos illustrate promising practices in six key areas: arts, homework help, literacy, math, science, and technology. Afterschool staff can use these videos to explore new ways to embed academics into fun afterschool activities. For more information go to

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