Parent & Community Stakeholder Voice, Agency & Influence 
in Public School Communities

(To read: The Purpose of Parent Engagement Part I & Part II, click here and here .) 
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Has the public kept its commitment to the
public education system?

In the past, education was always recognized as a high priority area for all parents even when laws prohibited and limited certain Americans from learning how to read and write. Has the public kept its commitment to the public education system? Learn more about the public school system and how citizens, as constituency builders, are
vital to its survival. Discover what education means to them, 
by clicking  h ere , here  (or   here ), here. , and  here,   Click here to listen to Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize speech focusing on her fight for a quality education for all children. 
Starting Points for Discussion Groups
Good Governance  Requires Active Citizen Participation
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Citizen Engagement is Increasing
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Learning Citizenship
Click here to read this research study.

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Why Constituency Building
to Improve Public Schools?
Who is showing up for public school children to act on their behalf within public school communities? Throughout the years many advocates, activists and stakeholders have focused on constituency building. Here is a report from the Ford Foudation underscoring the purpose of constutency-building, and why it is important
from their perspective. 
Click here to read this article or here.
Starting Points for Discussion Groups  
Constituency Building and Policy Work: Three Paradigms

Click here to read this article.
From Users & Choosers
To Makers & Shapers:
Repositioning Participation in

Social Policy
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Representing Relationships
Between Parents and Schools:
Making Visible the Force of Theory

  Click here to learn more.  and here . ​​
By examining the narratives of middle class mothers, the authors were able to illuminate the ways that ideology both "supports and obscures class privilege and status advantage." While they nominally endorse liberal ideals and practices for others' children, middle class mothers separated themselves and their children from those they saw as different through portrayals that highlight images and actions purported to set up poor practices and attitudes toward education. . .  or mimic cultural deprivation theories. . .  Brantlinger et al. go beyond Epstein's descriptions of ways to connect with schools by examining how the ideas about action and the values they imply make the meanings of these actions quite different


Parents and
Brown vs. the Board of Education 
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Related Materials
Please refer to the following articles listed below to better understand the importance of parent and community stakeholder engagement  

(The PA PIRC, under the statewide directorship of Stephanie D. Robinson, sponsored this event.
Also, please refer to this event's   parent information fair model  developed for parent capacity building tied to student achievement.) 


Parent and Community “Voice” in Schools
Parents and Schools: 150 Years of Struggle
Strategies for Empowering Communities to Demand Good
Governance and Seek Increased Effectiveness of Public Service Delivery

Parents’ Bill of Rights–for Public Schools (?)
The Children We Mean To  Raise
Special Education Advocacy

Raising the Voices of Parents to Demand a Better Education for Students

Lack Of Community Involvement & A Denial of Information (Refer to page 36)

 Building family and community demand for dramatic change in schools

Parents for the Common Core

Look What Happens to Kindergarteners When Parents Are Better Informed

Marginalized Parents in Parent Associations & Programs

Research to Practice and Civic Youth

Policy Recommendations for Improving Child Wellbeing

Equity and Quality
in Education

Parent involvement in education: models, strategies
and contexts

Early Literacy Outcomes
and Parent Involvement 

Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting and Enhancing Family Engagement

The Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL)

Review of Parent Education Models for Family Reunification Programs

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

The Academic Development Institute (ADI)