Anne T. Henderson’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 L. Mapp, Vivian Johnson, and Don Davies.
In the Evidence series, Anne has reviewed 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. Anne and Karen are working on the fifth edition, to be published by Scholastic in 2021.
Anne’s most recent report is Capturing the Ripple Effect: Developing a Theory of Change for Evaluating Parent Leadership Initiatives
Anne is a founder and senior consultant with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE). She also serves as Vice-Chair of the NAFSCE board. She has two grandchildren who attend public school in Brooklyn, NY, and she lives in Washington, DC.