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Teachers Network Leadership Institute:
Action Research:
Parent Involvement & Immigrant Engagement

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Completed Research Projects

Elementary School
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How Can Teachers Form Healthy Relationships with Parents? by Barbara Golub
Parents are one part of a teacher’s job that teachers are rarely prepared for.  This research contends there are four components that every teacher must employ, if a collaborative relationship is to occur:  diplomacy, support, empathy, and reflection.

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English Learners, Language Development, Systematic Support by Holly Link
What changes in practice are required to support English language development for English learners in second grade within a two-way immersion program?

arrow Empowering Parents of Color-A Moral Obligation by Barb Rubin
How can we replicate, throughout a school district, parent empowerment groups that have grown and are thriving at an elementary school?
arrow Can We Better Communicate With Our Allied Drive Area Families? by Karen Myers
Dividing the neighborhood among three different schools meant that a student with a friend living across the street might not necessarily go to the same elementary school.
arrow Looping.a Loopy Idea? by Candice Hopkins
Does looping increase student achievement? 
arrow Planting the Seeds for Success: Preschool to Kindergarten and Beyond by Dawn Martinez
How can we reach disadvantaged families and preschoolers with information concerning kindergarten preparedness?
arrow Pullout or Structured Immersion by Gemma Cabrera
What instructional setting can provide the most integrated learning experience for English Language Learner students?
Understanding the American Writing Process by Margie Rogasner
My immigrant families are very concerned about the education of their children, though many are not familiar with our education system or its expectations.
arrow Breakfast & Book: The Importance of Making Home-School Connections
by Nicole Nadeau
Opportunities for Learning and Interactions that Promote Literate Actions and Practices: An Ethnographic Study of a Family Literacy Program by Sandra Bravo
Family Literacy and Parent Support by Quynh Vu
Accountable Talk by Denise Watson (pdf file)
Play Matters by Susan Courtney 
Trouble in Paradise: A Study of Who is Included in an Inclusion Classroom by Rachel Zindler
Middle School
arrow Making  37 ½  Minutes Count: Teaching Learning-Disabled Middle School Students in a Pull-Out Program by Amy Kopchains
Does teaching learning disabled students in a pull-out program under current conditions work?
Writing Uphill by Shirley Chin
How does “shared interactive writing” impact English language learners’ (ELLs) writing performance?
Closing the Achievement Gap by Chris McLean
Would an ethnocentric curriculum raise the achievement levels of my struggling minority students?

The Mother Tongue by Lara Goldstone

A Quiet, Well-Lighted Place with Books by Lara Goldstone
High School
arrow Benefits and Challenges to Service-Learning with First Generation Immigrant Students by Shahzia Pirani-Mellstrom and Laura Berson
What are the benefits and challenges service-learning curriculum presents to first generation immigrant students?
A Closed Mouth Doesn't Get Fed: Talking About Parent Involvement
by Richard A. Gadsby
I believe it takes three essential elements to fully educate a child – the school fulfilling its obligations, the family fulfilling theirs and the child doing his/her part.

 

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