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What families do matters: Q & A with Dr. Karen Mapp What families do matters: Q & A with Dr. Karen Mapp Thursday, April 16, 2015 We recently spoke with Dr. Karen Mapp, one of the nation’s foremost experts on family engagement, about the role engaging families in their children’s learning plays in student achievement. Dr. Mapp has spent the past 20 years focusing on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members, and educators to foster student success and school improvement. You can hear more from Dr. Mapp next week at our seventh annual Make It Your Business lunch....
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Earl Boyles kindergartners shine on Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Earl Boyles kindergartners shine on Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Tuesday, April 07, 2015 Recently released results from this year’s Oregon Kindergarten Assessment demonstrate a promising upward trend for kindergartners at Earl Boyles Elementary in Portland’s David Douglas School District. Overall, Earl Boyles’ entering kindergartners outperformed their peers in the David Douglas School District and across the state on most dimensions of the kindergarten assessment. The assessment scores were even higher for students who had attended the Earl...
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Parent Perspectives on the First Five Years

Strategy for School Success
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Parent PerspectivesTo ensure the perspective of low-income parents is reflected in its public policy agenda, the Children's Institute commissioned Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall to conduct four focus groups. The research has been designed to assess parents' understanding of and attitudes toward the first five years of their child's life, covering topics such as school readiness, child care, and preschool. Participants also discussed what barriers they face in getting what they need to make sure their children have a healthy start during their first five years of life.

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