PROJECT 2-INSPIRE i3 DEVELOPMENT GRANT

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Project Title: Project 2INSPIRE-Family, School and Community Engagement

Project description:

Project 2INSPIRE is a research-based collaborative project that uses a school based, systemic approach to build capacity of schools and districts in establishing a Family-School-Community Leadership Program that provides parents, teachers, community liaisons, and principals the tools they need to work together as partners to improve schools and support the education of their children. The project builds the capacity of schools to establish an effective, ongoing parental engagement program that brings in the critical component of a family, school and community partnership to increase student achievement.

Objectives and outcomes:

Project 2INSPIRE’s provides a model approach for: (1) building family awareness and competence in improving their children's educational outcomes; (2) enhancing their knowledge, skills, and abilities to support student learning and school improvement; and (3) engaging school staff to support and cultivate positive environments and build relationships with families that increase their capacity to support their children's educational needs. The 2INSPIRE research-based Approach and Strategies are well-defined and replicable. 2INPIRE moves from a paradigm of parent involvement to a paradigm of engagement and action.

Special Project Features:

The Project will implement and study the school-based parental engagement program that creates an infrastructure in districts and schools to implement and sustain effective parent engagement. It includes constructing a systematic, learning outcome driven, strength-based collaboration with educators, parents and the wider school community. A quasi-experimental research design will be conducted to rigorously measure its effectiveness in improving student achievement. The study will include a quasi-experimental design to provide information critical to the development and implementation of the project, as well as supporting replication at other sites.

Project Approach and Strategies

Project 2INSPIRE provides a model approach for: (1) building family awareness and competence in improving their children's educational outcomes; (2) enhancing their knowledge, skills, and abilities to support student learning and school improvement; and (3) engaging school staff to support and cultivate positive environments and build relationships with families that increase their capacity to support their children's educational needs. The 2INSPIRE research-based Approach and Strategies are well-defined and replicable. 2INSPIRE moves from a paradigm of parent involvement to a paradigm of engagement and action with the following Characteristics (Mapp, 2010): shared responsibility, strength-based collaboration; systemic; integrated; learner-outcome driven, parent ownership and continuous improvement; and sustainable.