Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 6, 2014

Educator to highlight parent, school collaboration

A new collaborative series is bringing an educator focused on student achievement next week.

Author and researcher Anne Henderson will present “A Collaborative Enterprise: How Together Schools and Parents Can and Do Advance Student Achievement” on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Henderson, co-author of “Beyond the Bake Sale: How School Districts Can Promote Family Involvement,” reveals the importance of family-friendly schools as key to improving student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities.

The free program will be held in the School Committee’s second-floor meeting room above the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.

It is part of a monthly series titled “Building Community, Reaching for Justice” supported by a joint effort of Merrimack College’s Community Engagement Program and its School of Education & Social Policy, Andover Public Schools and the Andover Education Association.

Last month, Carrie Rose, the national executive director of the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project, discussed her organization’s work and its importance in the academic climate.

In April, award-winning author and educator Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D., associate professor of literacy studies at Ohio State University, underscores the importance of partnerships in “Transformative Service-Learning Initiatives in Urban Schools and Communities.” Her presentation takes place Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Sakowich Campus Center at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St.

Kinloch, author of “Crossing Boundaries: Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth,” will also be appearing on Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at El Taller, the Bookstore/Café, 275 Essex St., Lawrence.

All of the presentations are open free to the public. For more information on the education series, visit

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