Search Tips

Pressed for time? Search for the information you want when you need it fast. Doing a search on is easy. Here are some basic tips to help you maximize the effectiveness of your search:

How to Conduct a Search

Simply type one or more search terms (the words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find) into the search box and click on 'go'. A list of search results related to your search terms will then display, with the most relevant results appearing first.

How to Choose the Right Search Terms

Choosing the right search terms is the key to finding the information you need. Start with the obvious. For example, if you're looking for information on involvement, try involvement.

For more specific results, use multiple search terms. For example, use a specific phrase like parent involvement, rather than the individual terms parents or involvement.

Using specific words to describe exactly what you're looking for will produce better search results, while using more general terms will yield a larger number of results. For example, use ice cream social instead of back to school ideas. To restrict a search further, just include additional specific terms.

How to Find an Exact Phrase

Sometimes you'll only want results that include an exact phrase. In this case, simply put quotation marks around your search terms. Phrase searches are particularly effective if you're searching for a proper name ("Tim Sullivan"), a specific quote ("Twas the night before kindergarten"), or a well-known phrase in the parent group circuit ("parent group of the year"). All words in a phrase are displayed in the search results; for example, "school family nights".

There is no need to include the word "and" between terms. If common words, such as “and”, “to”, “the”, “how” or the like are essential to getting the results you want, you can include such words by putting a "+" sign in front of it. Be sure to include a space before and after the "+" sign. For example: how + to + “get parents involved”.