Kendra Fehrer, PhD

In practice, family engagement encompasses a wide range of activities and initiatives, from parental participation in school governance to at-home learning activities to classroom volunteering. At the Gardner Center, I've worked on several projects exploring the impact of family engagement on student and community outcomes. Each has caused me to reflect deeply on what family engagement really is and why it matters.


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The John Gardner Center partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research, and effect change to improve the lives of youth.

This curriculum is available for free download to anyone interested in training and engaging youth as partners and leaders within their communities.


More students than ever are enrolling in college after high school, but many are not college-ready. Indicator systems that identify students in need of support are an integral piece of the college-readiness puzzle. The CRIS Initiative takes an innovative tri-level approach which provides data at the student, school, and district levels, enabling districts to take a more comprehensive approach to supporting college readiness.


Fifty years ago this year, John W. Gardner published Self-Renewal, the Individual and the Innovative Society. To commemorate our namesake's milestone achievement in writing about self-renewal as well as his unshaken belief in the power and potential of youth, our staff generated a reading list. Here you'll find fiction and nonfiction titles by writers whose words have contributed to our own continuous learning and self-renewal, and energize us in our work with youth and communities.

Gardner Center's Prudence Carter speaking at TEDxStanford 2014.

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