Related Publications

A Cord of Three Strands A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools
by Soo Hong, Wellesley

How can low-income, non-English-speaking parents become advocates, leaders, and role models in their children’s schools? A Cord of Three Strands offers a close study of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a grassroots organization on the northwest side of Chicago, whose work on parent engagement has drawn national attention.

The author identifies three elements—induction, integration, and investment—that together capture the dynamic and developmental nature of successful parent engagement. Writing with both optimism and urgency, author Soo Hong offers richly detailed portraits of parents’ experiences and addresses the complex and sometime conflicting relationships among school, family, and community.


“Beyond the Bake Sale: A Community-Based Relational Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools,” By Mark Warren, Soo Hong, Carolyn Leung Rubin & Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy. Teachers College Record 111 (9): pp. 2209–2254. (2009) Download PDF and Watch Short Video

Communities and Schools: A New View of Urban Education Reform,” Harvard Educational Review, 75 (Summer): 133-173. (2005)

Teaching Cases

Building Parent Leadership Through Community Organizing: The Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Parent Mentor Program in Chicago
Soo Hong, Mark R. Warren, and Karen L. Mapp
Harvard Education Press

Funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program: Southern Echo and Alliance Building in a Racialized Context
A Case B Case
Mara Casey Tieken, Kenneth Russel, Mark R. Warren, and Karen L. Mapp
Harvard Education Press

Arts and Organizing, Arts as Organizing.” A study of the Art & Technology project at Sistas and Brothas United. By Paul Kuttner
Council of Alumni for Social Enterprise