Creating equitable learning pathways for children and families.

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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

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

is our latest publication, commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The paper is intended to spark a conversation around the power of family, school, and community engagement to ensure equitable learning pathways for children, both in and out of school. A summary of the document, related essays from leaders in the field, and an article by The 74 are also available.

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It Opened My Eyes: Perspectives from Teaching a Leadership Course on Family and Community Partnerships
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Family Engagement Schools

It Opened My Eyes: Perspectives from Teaching a Leadership Course on Family and Community Partnerships

Jenny Tuten from Hunter College School of Education describes what she has learned from teaching a new leadership course on family-school- and community relationships. 

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Enhancing Achievement through Family and Community Relationships
Mar 14
Blog

Family Engagement Schools Research

Enhancing Achievement through Family and Community Relationships

These abstracts showcase student work from a doctoral course at Hunter College School of Education-The City University of New York titled, "Enhancing Achievement through Family and Community Relationships."

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5 Benefits of Human-Centered Design Thinking for Family Engagement
Feb 28
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Family Engagement Early Childhood Education Capacity Building

5 Benefits of Human-Centered Design Thinking for Family Engagement

GFRP, the Early Learning Lab and the National Center for Families Learning, explore five ways that human-centered design benefits family engagement practice. 

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New Resource to Support Children’s Learning and School Success
Feb 12
Blog

Schools Family Engagement Research

New Resource to Support Children’s Learning and School Success

Developed from the report titled “Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next-Generation Family Engagement,” GFRP and the National PTA have created a resource to support more equitable and effective approaches to family, school, and community partnerships.

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