Dear SIG Colleagues,

Please see the announcement below about the publication of SEDL's most recent research synthesis, co-authored by Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp. Feel free to forward this to your colleagues and to practitioners in schools and communities that you interact with.

Thank you very much,
Vangie Orozco

January 10, 2003
For Immediate Release
"The evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing:  families have a major influence on their children's achievement in school and through life."
(Henderson & Mapp, 2002)

The National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is pleased to announce the release of a A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement

This research synthesis examines the impact of a variety of family and community connections with schools on student achievement. Authors Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp reviewed more than 50 research studies published since 1995.  They found that "the research continues to grow and build an ever-strengthening case. When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more." The authors also found that students with involved parents, "no matter what their income or background", were more likely to succeed in school- attending school regularly, earning higher grades, passing their classes, and graduating and going on to post-secondary education.

The report highlights several different kinds of school, family, and community connections and the different results these connections can have.  It also discusses how schools can effectively connect with families from all backgrounds.  Readers can also explore summaries of the each of the 51 studies reviewed, for a deeper understanding of the research. 

This publication is the fourth in the series of Evidence publications related to family and community involvement in schools authored or co-authored by Anne T. Henderson. It is also the second in a series of five annual research syntheses to be published by SEDL's National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools.

To order a print copy or to download the report, go to  You may also call SEDL Publications at 1-800-476-6861 to order a print copy.  For questions about the report, please send an email to [log in to unmask]

Evangelina M. Orozco
Program Specialist
National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)
211 East Seventh St., Austin, TX 78701              phone (512) 476-6861 x 208         fax (512) 476-2286