EdHub: The Educators Resource Network

EdHub is an online library of professional development materials dedicated to the advancement of best practices in teaching and learning at the PK-12 and higher education levels. The EdHub library provides interactive online resources and a shared learning environment to support individual PK-12 teachers, principals, university teaching assistants, teacher prep students, and university faculty in creating a culture which values teaching and learning.
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Family Involvement Storybook Project

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The Family Involvement Storybook Project uses children's storybooks with family educational involvement themes to boost young children's achievement by promoting family engagement in learning and literacy skills. This project focuses on culturally diverse low-income families, with a special emphasis on Latino families. It provides information and tools to support the use of commercially available children's storybooks, as well our own research-based storybook, to promote family involvement in school, home, and out-of-school time settings. These resources are available online on the Storybook Corner.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten

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This resource, produced by the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (co-authored by HFRP’s Christine Patton and M. Elena Lopez), discusses the importance of families’ support for their children’s learning and development as children transition to new environments. The resource positions the transition to kindergarten as a pivotal point for establishing the kinds of practices that can help sustain gains children have made in their early learning settings, and offers examples of successful program practices that Head Start and Early Head Start staff can use to help children and families with this transition.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Storybook Corner

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This section of the Harvard Family Research Project website is a unique new source for information on using children's storybooks with family involvement themes to engage families in their children's education and encourage family–school–community partnerships, all while supporting literacy. The Storybook Corner offers resources to help educators, families, and those who work with families promote the awareness, discussion, and practice of family involvement in children's education in a wide range of settings. Launched in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, Storybook Corner provides a list of storybooks with family involvement themes and tools for using the storybooks, as well as our own original bilingual online storybook. The Storybook Corner is a part of the Family Involvement Storybook Project, a unique way to move research into practice

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten

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In this brief, Christine Patton and Justina Wang, from Harvard Family Research Project, look at ways of helping to make the transition into kindergarten a positive experience that will serve as a foundation to help children reach their full potential throughout their school years. The brief highlights promising practices in six states—New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia, and California—where local- and state-level leadership support a variety of initiatives to ensure successful transitions into kindergarten. The authors examine effective collaborative approaches in which state departments of education, advocacy organizations, school districts, early education teachers, kindergarten teachers, families, and community members work together to help kindergartners enter school ready to begin this pivotal new phase of their lives

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Helping Parents Deal with the Fact Their Child Has a Disability

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Being told that your child has a disability can be as traumatizing as learning of a family member's sudden death. Many parents are stunned by such news. Receiving such a message can produce overwhelming emotions of shock, disbelief, anxiety, fear, and despair. Within that moment, research has shown that some parents cannot distinguish between the unconscious wish for an idealized normal child from an unthinkable, sudden reality of one who is not. Here is help for teachers working with parents of children with disabilities.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Goal Setting for Children with Learning Disabilities: Parents' Role

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Here are some ways to help your children, students, clients, and people with learning disabilities set their own goals and reach them. Children should also be encouraged to set goals for learning, personal growth, and their future. When children learn to set goals and reach them, they can visualize their future, make good choices, and make their dreams come true. The Frostig Center did twenty years of research on what makes people with learning disabilities successful as adults: goal setting was one of six success attributes.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

How to Read a Report Card

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In a typical school year, report cards come home every nine weeks or so. The purpose of report cards is to communicate about a child's progress across subject areas. Most report cards also include a Work Habits, Social Skills, or similar section. Some kids, especially those having difficulty in school, dread report card time. Here are some suggestions for making report card time a little less scary and a little more productive.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

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A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we've put together a list of eight helpful back to school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Communicating with Parents: Strategies for Teachers

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Teachers strive to develop partnerships with parents to support student learning. Strong communication is fundamental to this partnership and to building a sense of community between home and school. This article provides a range of communication opportunities available to teachers, including the emergency use of technology. Barriers to communication are considered in conjunction with potential solutions.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Susan Graham-Clay

Building Parent-Teacher Partnerships: Classroom Tips

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Good two-way communication between families and schools is necessary for students' success. Not surprisingly, research shows that the more parents and teachers share relevant information with each other about a student, the better equipped both will be to help that student achieve academically. Opportunities for two-way communication include: (1) Parent conferences; (2) Parent-teacher organizations or school community councils; (3) Weekly or monthly folders of student work sent home for parent review and comment; (4) Phone calls; and (5) E-mail or school Web site. This paper presents ideas for building parent-teacher partnerships.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Parent Engagement & Child Learning Birth to Five: The Getting Ready Project

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Consistent with our focus on making differences in children's lives, CYFS conducts applied research on childhood education programs, child care services, social-behavioral interventions, family relationships and family-caregiver partnerships. We position children for academic success by establishing strong connections between families and schools while striving to improve those schools by preparing and improving their teachers.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Parent-Teacher-Student Discrepancies in Academic Ability Beliefs: Influences on Parent Involvement

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Most studies examining influences on parent involvement focus on common demographic factors, such as social class or gender, and on elementary grades. In the present study, we investigated a more malleable influence, perceptions of ability, in the context of middle school. We examined how perceptions held by parents, teachers, and students concerning students' academic abilities affected parents' involvement and teachers' facilitation of school programs for involvement.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Patel, Nimisha; Stevens, Sharon

Good Behavior Game

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The Good Behavior Game is an approach to the management of classrooms behaviors that rewards children for displaying appropriate on-task behaviors during instructional times. The class is divided into two teams and a point is given to a team for any inappropriate behavior displayed by one of its members. The team with the fewest number of points at the Game's conclusion each day wins a group reward. If both teams keep their points below a preset level, then both teams share in the reward. The program was first tested in 1969; several research articles have confirmed that the Game is an effective means of increasing the rate of on-task behaviors while reducing disruptions in the classroom (Barrish, Saunders, & Wolf, 1969; Harris & Sherman, 1973; Medland & Stachnik, 1972). The process of introducing the Good Behavior Game into a classroom is a relatively simple procedure. There are five steps involved in putting the Game into practice.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Jim Wright

Effective Teacher Commands

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As classroom managers, teachers regularly use commands to direct students to start and stop activities. Instructors find commands to be a crucial tool for classroom management, serving as instructional signals that help students to conform to the teacher's expectations for appropriate behaviors.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Jim Wright

RTI: Improve Classroom Management Through Flexible Rules - The Color Wheel

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The Color Wheel is one solution that enforces uniform group expectations for conduct while also responding flexibly to the differing behavioral demands of diverse learning activities. This classwide intervention divides all activities into 3 categories and links each category to a color: green for free time/ low-structure activities; yellow for large- or small-group instruction/independent work; and red for brief transitions between activities. The student learns a short list of behavioral rules for each category and, when given a color cue, can switch quickly from one set of rules to another.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Jim Wright

The Babe and I

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This historical fiction story takes place in 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression in New York City. Baseball was king and Babe Ruth was at the top of his game. In this story, a young boy and his father become a team as they both work to support their family.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

Author: David A. Adler

Cendrillon

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This lesson provides teachers with support for using text-dependent questions to help students derive big ideas and key understandings while developing vocabulary using the modern fairytale, Cendrillon. In this Caribbean Cinderella story, Cendrillon is treated as a servant by her step-mother and half-sister. Nannin, the gogmother, uses a magic wand to ready Cendrillon for a ball, where Cendrillon meets a rich man's son, Paul, who falls in love with her and finds her when she is lost to him.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

Author: Robert D. San Souci

Charlotte's Web

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This lesson provides teachers with support for using text-dependent questions to help students derive big ideas and key understandings while developing vocabulary using the children's novel, Charlotte's Web. A story of friendship and loyalty between Wilbur, a spring pic and a grey spider named Charlotte. Wilbur learns that he is being fattened for slaughter in the fall. Wilbur is at first disgusted by the fact that charlotte eats flies, but comes to both appreciate and love her.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

Author: E.B. White