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Research shows that despite the important role that teachers have on their students’ academic achievement, there is no substitute for the impact that an engaged parent can have on children’s overall educational development.  Grandparents, foster parents, relatives, and other adults also have dramatic and profound impacts on how children see, understand, and learn about the world around them.  We all know, however, that in today’s hyper-busy world, it can be difficult for caregivers to play the roles that were identified in previous eras as appropriate to support their children’s schools.

Fortunately in Nebraska schools, a new generation of research-based, parent-school-community partnerships are creating innovative approaches to engaging parents.   In this episode of The State of Education in Nebraska, we will discuss how we can make Nebraska a model for engaging all parents in partnerships with schools and community organizations to ensure that Nebraska youth have the supports they need to succeed in school, succeed in life, and contribute to a Nebraska poised to thrive for generations to come. 

“It’s (parent-school partnership) a two-way relationship that is built on trust and respect. It is goal-oriented and a lot harder than just showing up. It requires folks to come to the table willing to contribute their best thoughts and ideas about how to best help children to achieve. It’s a very active process.”
           — Dr. Susan Sheridan, UNL Educational Psychology professor



VIDEO EXTRAS: Governor Dave Heineman & First Lady Sally Ganem

Highlights from an interview & press conference with the First Couple
about Parent Involvement Month, August 2013


Press Conference




Program Moderator
Susan Sheridan, PhD

Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools Director; National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed) Director
Fawn Taylor
Omaha Early Childhood Services (ECS) Executive Director
Josie Filipi
Crete Public Schools Parent Liaison
Rik Devney
Lincoln Huntington Elementary School Principal
Joanne Garrison, EdD
Grand Island Public Schools Welcome Center Coordinator




NET Learning Services
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Loves Public Schools
America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation
Avenue Scholars Foundation
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Center for Children, Families, and the Law
Coalition for Community Schools
Lincoln Community Foundation
Nebraska Community Learning Center Network
Nebraska Trucking Association

Project Liftoff
Urban League of Nebraska
United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County

United Way Readers, Tutors and Mentors


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American Graduate is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in partnership with America's Promise Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.