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Rarely do you find education research translated into practice so expertly that any school or district can replicate the results. And, it’s ready to implement now!
The Realizing the American Dream (RAD) Family Engagement Program is a research-based, do-it-yourself, yearly-licensed, professionally developed series of classes for parents that gets results. Available in Elementary, Middle and High school editions, in both English and Spanish, it's built on the landmark Hoover-Dempsey & Sandler research model* that explains how to get parents effectively involved in their student’s academic success. The program will help your parents understand the vital role they play in their child’s success in school, learn how to implement an academic success plan for their child and learn how to be a partner in their child’s education through elementary school and beyond. You’ll:
Curriculum. The RAD curriculum is research-based and written in the most helpful, understandable terms for parents. Your class facilitators will have no problems implementing the lessons. In fact, one Class Facilitator recently said, “With this program, the classes practically teach themselves.”
Finding appropriate class facilitators. You’ll get an overview outlining what we have found to be the ideal traits of great class facilitators, tips on where to find them in your own school/parent community and recruitment materials Program Directors can use including a PowerPoint® presentation and script.
Getting parents to attend. RAD is unique in helping with this challenge. We know that it can seem like a daunting task to implement a parent program, especially if your school/district hasn’t had great results in getting parents to attend events. That’s why the RAD Program provides advice on how to get parents to attend with all the publicity materials (invitation letters, flyers, timelines and more) you’ll need to accomplish the task. The Parent Institute also shares secrets that all schools should practice to engage parents successfully, like this one that we like to call “the genuine invitation.”
|"An impersonal, crumpled note in a child’s backpack reading 'Come to our open house!' won’t get parents' attention, but an invitation in an envelope personalized with their name signed by the principal, the teacher—or their child will really get their attention—even if it arrives in the backpack. A few personal phone calls by you, teachers, aides, even other parents to hard-to-reach parents also work wonders. It doesn’t take much more time or effort to make the invitation 'genuine' and the results are guaranteed to amaze you."|
The RAD Program can be the best thing your school has ever done to help parents improve student achievement. Research from the last two decades has definitively proven that getting parents meaningfully involved in their children’s education improves student achievement. In this time of increased accountability and consequences for lower student performance, schools must enlist the help of parents to boost student achievement.
Independent research conducted at school sites currently implementing the RAD curriculum shows that the program positively influenced parents in their parent involvement beliefs, knowledge and behavior.
In the latest research study, a total of 1605 parents in 26 different schools attended the RAD program in the Fall of 2011. Using pre- and post-survey instruments focused on 32 items keyed to RAD program objectives, researchers were able to achieve a matched data pair of survey responses for 1245 parents, representing a robust 78% response rate. Parents were asked about their parent involvement beliefs, knowledge and behaviors before and after the RAD program.
Parents’ Beliefs About Parent Involvement
The study found that the RAD program positively influenced parents' beliefs that they can make a difference in many aspects of their child’s education with these four items showing the most significant and meaningful change from the beginning to the end of the program:
Parents’ Knowledge About Parent Involvement
The research shows that the RAD program has its biggest impact on parents’ knowledge of how schools work and how they can be a partner to their child’s school. All of the 10 survey items assessing parents’ knowledge changed significantly from pre- to post-program. The largest changes were found for parents’ understanding of the following areas, which are heavily emphasized in the RAD curriculum:
Parents’ Involvement Behaviors
Can RAD positively influence parents’ involvement behaviors? Similar to the results for parents’ self-reported knowledge, all of the involvement behavior items on the research survey showed significant positive change from the beginning to the end of the program. One item in particular —the centerpiece of the RAD curriculum—showed remarkable change:
“I have made a plan to make sure my child succeeds academically and graduates from high school prepared to get a university education.”
Other parent behavior items that showed significant and meaningful increases include:
In short, independent professional research finds that the RAD Program can positively influence parents in their beliefs, knowledge and behaviors about parent involvement.
Meta-analyses of published research show that increased parent involvement leads to improved student achievement. Schools and districts would be wise to implement the RAD curriculum every year with their parents.
Over 500 pages in three binders providing separate sets of materials needed for the Program Director, Class Facilitator(s) and Parents. (Click on the binder images below to see samples from each.)
A Dedicated RAD Program website.
For Program Directors and Class Facilitators containing all reproducible materials, supplemental publications for parents, PowerPoint® slides, pre- and post-program survey forms, access to email and telephone support and more.
Electronic “Family Engagement Library”
Includes 32 of our electronic publications that you can post on your website to reinforce the important messages from each class! The Library includes these titles plus 25 more: 25 Ways Parents Can Help Children Learn, Instilling the Desire for Success in Your Child, Expect the Best From Your Child … And Get It!, Communicating Expectations, How to Work With Your Child’s Teacher, Building Homework Skills, and The School-Parent Team. See what it looks like!
Pre- and post-surveys to evaluate your results
Measure the success of your program in three critical areas: parent behaviors, beliefs, and knowledge. Simple instructions are provided for the Class Facilitator while administering the survey to ensure you get the most useable data.
Yearly Copyright and Reproduction License & Customer Support
This program is the most versatile and comprehensive, ready-to-implement research-based parent engagement program available. Programs of this caliber normally cost tens of thousands of dollars to develop. Now, it can be yours at a tiny fraction of the cost. Not only will you get the curriculum but all of the organizational and publicity components, a renewable year-long license to conduct the program and reproduce the materials, plus free email support and telephone consultation.
*The RAD Program is based on the Hoover-Dempsey & Sandler Model of Parent Involvement. The Model was developed through more than 20 years of research at Vanderbilt University about what it takes to get parents involved and what kinds of things they should do to help their children succeed academically. The Parent Institute took this research model of encouragement, modeling, reinforcement and instruction and developed it into a user-friendly curriculum for all parents aimed at improving student achievement. For more information about H-D & S model, or to read their research papers, go to http://www.vanderbilt.edu/peabody/family-school/papers.html