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Anne Henderson

Anne Henderson

Anne’s specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students’ success in school and through life. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities.

Over the past 25 years, Anne has written, by herself and with others, a small library of reader-friendly articles, reports, handouts, and books. Her best-selling book, Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, (NY: The New Press 2007) was written with Karen Mapp, Vivian Johnson, and Don Davies (

Anne has also written the Evidence series, which reviews the research on the effects of parent and community engagement on student achievement. The latest edition, A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement, written with Karen L. Mapp, was published by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in 2002 (

Since 1977, when her daughter was born, Anne has worked with organizations that represent or serve parents and community members. Her clients include the Connecticut Department of Education; the Los Angeles Unified School District; and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC. She is a founder of the new National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement.

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Anne graduated from Oberlin College, and received a Master’s Degree in politics from Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. She has worked in Civil Rights and Anti-Poverty programs for the federal government and the New Jersey Department of Education. She left New Jersey to help start the National Committee for Citizens in Education, a group that aimed to put the public back into the public schools. 

Anne is now a senior consultant with the Community Organizing and Engagement Program at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.

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