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.

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DATE: Friday, September 26  

LOCATION: Stanford University



We are proud to announce the release of Inequality Matters, a report by our Faculty Director Prudence Carter and Professor Sean Reardon. Produced in collaboration with the William T. Grant Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the report reviews more than 40 years of research on inequality. The authors identify 4 gaps in the research to date and urge scholars to focus more on the consequences of inequality and strategies to reduce it.


A new Gardner Center literature review, undertaken with support from the College Access Foundation of California, addresses a puzzling phenomenon. Wide gaps in college enrollment and persistence remain for many Black and Latino boys who reach the end of high school academically prepared for post-secondary education. Our review moves beyond issues of academic preparation to other factors that appear to mediate college access and success for boys and young men of color.


Researchers Monika Sanchez & Laurel Sipes on our collaboration with the Mission Promise Neighborhood Initiative.

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