ParentSquare: District-school-home communication platform. Even if your district doesn't use ParentSquare, find out what they use and get informed!
Remind: Free/premium. Class-home communication app. Easy to use! Also offers district level plans.
ClassDojo: Free. Communication and management app for teachers, parents, students, school leaders. Students can share work, earn behavior points.
Bloomz: Free/premium. Like Remind, offers class calendar and sign up features. “Auto-translate” feature automatically translates into user’s preferred language.
Online Alphabet Games & Activities
Starfall: Free/premium. Interactive alphabet, phonics, and reading games. Click here for a guide to selecting high quality games to improve letter-sound knowledge.
abcya.com: Free/premium. Interactive alphabet games, math, & more. Click here for a guide to selecting high quality letter-sound knowledge games.
Turtle Diary on YouTube: These videos reinforce letter-sound correspondence for early literacy. Short vowel sounds are used, along with consonant sounds that are appropriate for early phonics learners.
Tutoring & Partnership Resources
Peer Tutoring Resource Center: Resources, research, and news all about peer tutoring and its benefits.
HundrEd.org: Nonprofit organization that discovers inspiring innovations in K-12 education. Community, national, and global partners.
Books & Guides
School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools, by Joyce Epstein
School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, by Joyce Epstein
The Flat World & Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future, by Linda Darling-Hammond
Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning, by John Hattie
Fast Start: Getting Ready to Read, by Timothy Rasinski and Nancy Padak
Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts, by the California Department of Education
Research Papers & Articles
Crosby, S. A., Rasinski, T., Padak, N., & Yildirim, K. (2015). A 3-year study of a school-based parental involvement program in early literacy. The Journal of Educational Research, 108(2), 165-172.
Howe, N., Della Porta, S., Recchia, H., Funamoto, A., & Ross, H. (2015). “This bird can't do it ‘cause this bird doesn't swim in water”: Sibling teaching during naturalistic home observations in early childhood. Journal of Cognition and Development, 16(2), 314-332.
Johnson, M., & Bailey, J. S. (1974). CROSS‐AGE TUTORING: FIFTH GRADERS AS ARITHMETIC TUTORS FOR KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN 1. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 7(2), 223-232.
Newman, S. (2015, January 23). How Siblings Teach Each Other...Or Don't. Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/singletons/201501/how-siblings-teach-each-other-or-don-t Pelatti, C. Y., & Piasta, S. B. (2017, July). Improving literacy Outcomes for at-risk Kindergartners through an afterschool Tutoring Program: results from a Feasibility study. In Frontiers in Education (Vol. 2, p. 27). Frontiers.