Dr. Epstien is director of both the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools, as well as a professor of education and sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Epstein’s research focuses on school leadership, as well as school programming and its effects on family and community involvement as well as academic achievement.
Dr. Epstein is perhaps most famous for her heavily cited framework on the six types of parent involvement.
Parenting: Support the home environment and strengthen families so as to support students at school.
Communicating: Create effective modes of school-to-home and home-to-school communications regarding school programs and child progress.
Volunteering: Recruit parents to support school endeavors.
Learning at Home: Share information regarding ideas for learning at home, as well what is going on in the classroom to support family-school alignment regarding educational endeavors.
Decision Making: Empower parents to be leaders, and involve them in school decision-making.
Collaborating with Community: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and development.
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