Engaging Families for Student Success

How We Work


Turning the Page’s current programs include Community Nights, Author Visits, and Summer learning events, as well as Parent Leadership programming, teacher professional development and book distributions for families’ home libraries. TTP programs build on each other over time, as school communities and parents leaders become skilled and confident in their abilities to improve education through ongoing family engagement.

Families Learning Together

Community Nights

Turning the Page Community Nights, eight of which are held at each partner school per year, consist of educational parent workshops, literacy-based child mentoring activities, book giveaways for families’ home libraries, and a free, healthy family dinner. READ MORE

Author Visits

Since 2001, more than 75 author and illustrator volunteers have visited 150 Community Nights! Visiting authors read one of their stories to families and answer student questions. Classrooms of students will have discussed the author’s book beforehand and often prepare a special welcome for the visiting author. READ MORE

Summer Learning

Learning shouldn’t stop when school is out of session! During the summer months, Turning the Page partners with local museums and other cultural sites to host a series of innovative Saturday and evening field trips that connect families to Washington, D.C. and Chicago’s many resources. READ MORE

Supporting Parents

Parent Leadership Conferences

Turning the Page’s parent leadership initiatives help parents identify their strengths, build social capital within their school communities, and take action. TTP leads at least two six-hour leadership conferences each year for parent leaders across all partner schools in one city. During these invigorating days, parents come together to learn from one another and collaborate on ideas to improve their schools and serve their neighborhoods. READ MORE

Supporting Parent Leadership Projects

Turning the Page provides parent leaders with extensive support and guidance at each of their schools, and in the community, throughout the year. TTP parent leaders have started parent-teacher organizations, organized sustainable service initiatives and health initiatives and math and science nights, have testified at city council hearings and participated on principal selection panels and school budget committees. READ MORE

Supporting Teachers

Teachers Engaging Parents

We believe that teachers and school staff play a key role in creating the welcoming environment necessary to engage parents and access additional community resources that can support student success. By providing teachers with the skills and techniques they need to successfully engage parents and access community resources, Turning the Page builds trust between parents, teachers, and community members, thus creating a stronger school community. READ MORE