Creating equitable learning pathways for children and families.

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Family Engagement Matters Now More Than Ever.

Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next-Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education

Commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next-Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education is intended to spark a conversation around the power of family, school, and community engagement.

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Explore Co-Creation: The Family Engagement Playbook

Our latest resource is a collection of promising research-based approaches to strengthen individual competencies and organizational support.

The Family Engagement Playbook captures many of the approaches, tools, and models that organizations are using to understand the concept of co-creation and get better at implementing it with their teams. We see this resource as part of an ongoing exchange of ideas, research, and tools for designing programs that are inclusive and respectful of all families. We welcome your feedback on how these models enhance your work.

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New and Noteworthy

Cambridge leaders launch math equity initiative
Nov 12

Early Childhood Education Schools Family Engagement Capacity Building

Cambridge leaders launch math equity initiative

The city’s Family Policy Council is fostering community collaboration to build students’ — and families’ — confidence in math.

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Family Engagement Storytelling Project Stands at the 'Intersection of Media and Educational Justice'
May 19

Afterschool Family Engagement Digital Media Schools Capacity Building

Family Engagement Storytelling Project Stands at the 'Intersection of Media and Educational Justice'

Cambridge Agenda for Children’s Stories of Family Partnership offer a new approach to building capacity within the out-of-school-time community.

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Members of the 2015-16 Cambridge Youth Council sitting at the mayor's desk.
Aug 1

Schools Afterschool

Youth Taking Leading Roles: Defining and Improving Family Engagement

In this post, Heather Weiss and Linda Jacobson capture the ways that schools and community organizations involve children and youth in improving family engagement.

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Balance of Power
Nov 12

Family Engagement Schools Capacity Building

Balance of Power

As schools grow more racially diverse, D.C. nonprofit Kindred gives parents a place to tackle bias and be equal partners in improving opportunities for all students.

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Meet Mateo and experience his learning pathway, from birth to college.

Experience the Ecology of Learning, our vision for all children and families—especially those with the greatest needs.

An ecology of learning includes the places and interactions that offer opportunities for learning, development, and achievement throughout a person’s life. This environment inspires exploration, creativity, connections with others, and support in mastering skills at home, and in school, the community, and digital spaces.

Who we are

Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports effective engagement practices and policies so that all children find success in and out of school.

We create a worldwide exchange of ideas that furthers the understanding and implementation of anywhere, anytime learning for all. With more than 30 years of leadership, we provide a research base and proven expertise for capacity building in schools, community-based organizations, philanthropic entities, and other related ventures.

What we do

We promote equitable family and community engagement in an ecology of learning that connects the home, school, and community.

Our Work:
● Supports systemic approaches to family and community engagement
● Produces top-notch research
● Provides current news and resources to policymakers and practitioners
● Builds the capacity of organizations to engage families
● Designs professional learning opportunities, such as interactive cases, design thinking sessions, and communities of practice
● Delivers actionable guidance and tools for evidence-based approaches