This Teachers Involve Parents in
Schoolwork (TIPS) Interactive Homework CD assists educators in developing
and adapting high quality TIPS Interactive Homework assignments that
involve families in their children’s learning.
Because the TIPS process is not a “canned” program, we
encourage teachers to use their creativity in generating interactive
homework assignments that are linked to their curricula.
All TIPS activities should be informative and interesting to
teachers, students, and families.
The original prototype TIPS
activities were developed by Joyce Epstein, Karen Salinas, Frances Van
Voorhis, and educators in the Baltimore and Washington DC areas.
In conducting workshops and trainings with teachers nationwide, we
learned that teachers wanted to be able to easily adapt existing TIPS
prototypes to meet the curriculum standards in their own districts and
CD addresses the teachers’ request.
All prototype TIPS activities were entered in the computer, edited,
and formatted with computer graphics.
This CD includes over 500 prototype activities for students in:
a complete list of TIPS Prototype Activities
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All activities on this CD are
presented in two ways: Microsoft
Word 2000 and ADOBE Acrobat.
To VIEW or PRINT the activities, use
the ADOBE print file. NOTE:
If you do not have a copy of the ADOBE reader, you can download a
copy of it from the CD.
ADAPT and REVISE the activities, use the WORD version of the
may print all TIPS activities as they are designed to appear by clicking
on the “ADOBE” version of the files.
Click here if
you want TIPS ordering information for paper copies of
the activities, TIPS manuals, or other TIPS materials.
The files on this CD are
“read-only.” This means
that you cannot change the content of the information stored on the CD.
To adapt activities, you may simply add or delete information in
the Microsoft Word file. To
save a revised activity, you must save the document to your computer or a
Some adaptations we suggest
include the following:
Adapt the assignment for particular classes of students
(i.e., Add questions or extra credit questions for advanced students.
Add helpful steps or remove sections for slower students.).
- Add point values for questions (i.e., Make each assignment
worth 10 or 100 points and indicate point values next to each question or
- Translate the letter to parents and the home-to-school
communication section for families who read different languages.
We strongly suggest that the
following components of the TIPS activities remain unchanged:
Keep the section headings of the TIPS assignments
in the activity (i.e., the Letter to parents, Home-to-School Communication
section, Look This Over, Practice Section, Let’s Find Out, Procedure,
the length of the assignment to 2 sides of a page.
Restricting the length to 2 sides keeps paper requirements down and
keeps the length of the activity to about 15-30 minutes.
In rare cases, you may decide an extra page is warranted, but make
this the exception rather than the rule.
- If you adapt the assignment in the ways that we recommend, you may
alter the tagline to read:
The tagline printed at the bottom
of the last page of the activity. Adapted by names of authors and date.
If Ima Teacher and Shesan Educator adapted a middle grades math
activity by including a Spanish translation of the letter and
home-to-school communication section, the tagline would
Epstein, J. L., Salinas, K. C., & Van Voorhis, F. L.
Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) Math Prototype Activities for the
Middle Grades. Baltimore, MD: Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Johns
Hopkins University. Adapted
by Teacher, I., & Educator, S. (September 2003).
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The National Network of
Partnership Schools would like you to share the best TIPS activities you
develop (according to feedback from students and families) with educators
nationwide. To find out how
you can submit your TOP TIPS activities to our collection each year, click
that you find this to be a useful teaching resource in creating meaningful
L. Van Voorhis, Ph.D.
Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D.
Content Designer Director
Network of Partnership Schools
on School, Family and Community Partnerships
Together for Student Success
to Monique Queen for her technical assistance in creating this CD, and
Beth Simon for her contributions to the web design of many of the
sections. Thanks are also
due Catherine Batza and Wynter Towns for their work on the design and
formatting of the revised prototype activities.
This work is supported by grants from
Disney Learning Partnership and the U.S. Department of Education, Office
of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).
The opinions and approaches are the authors’ and do not
necessarily reflect the positions or policies of either funding source.