Welcome to the Let’s Talk Transition! Family Engagement During the Transition to School discussion board! This discussion board is part of FINE Interactive— a component of Harvard Family Research Project’s (HFRP) Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE). We launched this board as a follow-up activity to our December 2013 issue on “Innovative Approaches to Preparing and Training Educators for Family Engagement.” Christine Patton, Senior Research Analyst at HFRP, has teamed up with Shannon Wanless, Director of the SEED Lab in the Department of Psychology in Education at the University of Pittsburgh and co-author of a FINE article on PD, to host this discussion board. We welcome educators and administrators who serve children ages 4-6 and who have a transition-specific family engagement goal.
This discussion board will provide a dynamic platform for educators and others who want to achieve their goal of improving the transition to school for children and their families. In particular, the board will allow each of you to find, react to, and share relevant resources to help families and children in this exciting but oftentimes challenging process. We expect that you will have lots of goals you’d like to consider, but in order to help each other set and achieve goals most effectively, we suggest that you set one goal at a time (check out our Goal Setting post for more information).
Participating is easy. You can read through the posts and complete the activities at your own pace. We’ve sequenced the board into 9 steps. Feel free to jump around, though, if you’re not sure how to proceed with one of the steps, or if you just want to see what others are up to in later steps.
We’d love for you to comment on our posts and respond to other users’ comments (If you need some quick instructions on how to comment, click here). We anticipate receiving a lot of creative and thoughtful responses and are confident that we will all learn from these exchanges! We may use the stories and ideas that are shared here to develop future articles for the FINE Newsletter and other publications. All ideas are welcome!