The parents' role in supporting their child's education, Oscar Cruz of Families in Schools tells TakePart, "is not debatable." While many parents are helping their child at home, Cruz says, "the basic components of parent engagement are missing in many schools."
Like Families in Schools, another initiative that is bringing parents, teachers, and students together is the National Network of Partnership Schools, established by Johns Hopkins University. The NNPS works with schools, districts, and states to build family programs meant to increase student success in the classroom. In the recently released report Promising Partnership Practices the NNPS highlights 92 ways schools, families, and community members are successfully joining forces to improve education.
Click through the gallery to see six of the most innovative and successful programs.
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