Rigorous Evaluation of Family-School Communications in Two Vermont School Districts


Over the summer we had the pleasure of working with Partnership for Change, a grant-funded collaboration between the Burlington and Winooski, Vt., public school districts that is introducing student-centered learning to these north-central Vermont cities. The work put us in touch with more than 200 families of all income levels, a large percentage of whom were recent arrivals to the United States. By evaluating families’ experiences with the school systems, we helped the schools understand how different subgroups of families receive and act upon information, what families feel about proposed changes in schools, and which communication tools work, and don’t work, for families. In the end, the reports we produced presented a complex picture — but also dozens of actionable steps that both districts could take to improve communication with families, and ultimately academic outcomes for students.

Check out the reports here:



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