How can schools partner with families?
- “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child” (George Santayana)
- “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” (Benjamin Franklin)
- “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel” (Carol Buchener)
- “Family Engagement is a strategy, not a program” (Karen Mapp)
Family-School Partnership Resources
- Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnership – This evidenced-based framework identifies the capacities and conditions necessary to develop and sustain effective family-school partnerships that support student learning and school improvement. This is supported by the US Department of Education and aligns with mandated requirements for schools receiving Title 1 funding.
- National Standards for Family-School Partnership: an Implementation Guide – This is a tool for empowering families and schools to work together with an end goal of building sustainable partnership and student success. An explanation of the six standards, their importance and actionable suggestions are provided. Numerous SEA’s and LEA’s are using these standards in family engagement initiatives. To use in conjunction with the Dual Capacity Building Framework.
- National Standards, Goals, and Indicators for Family-School Partnerships (pdf)
- ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) – ACE Study confirms, with scientific evidence, that adversity early in life increases physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. Severe and chronic trauma (such as living with an alcoholic parent, or watching in terror as your mom gets beat up) causes toxic stress in kids. Toxic stress damages kid’s brains. When trauma launches kids into flight, fight or fright mode, they cannot learn. It is physiologically impossible. Children who experience trauma struggle with interpersonal relationships, face cognitive deficits (including memory and language development), and overreact to everyday stress. In school, because traumatized students view the world as dangerous and misread social cues, minor events may trigger defiant, disruptive, or aggressive behavior. Alternately, they may withdraw and seem not to care. We need to change our approach from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what’s happened to you?” What is predictable is preventable!
Standards for Family-School Partnership Webinars
Standards for Family-School Partnership, webinar series facilitated by Lacy Wood, Principal TA Consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR).
- Welcoming All Families (Recording from 10/13/2016)
- Family Engagement Introductory Webinar (PowerPoint)
- Family Engagement Give & Get Chart (Word)
- Communicating Effectively (Recording from 11/17/2016)
- Family Engagement Communicating Effectively (PowerPoint)
- Supporting Student Success (Recording from 2/2/2017)
- Supporting Student Success (PowerPoint)
- Speaking Up for Every Child (2/16/2017)
- Speaking up for Every Child (PowerPoint)
- Sharing Power (Recording from 4/13/2017)
- Sharing Power (PowerPoint)
- Collaborating with Community (Recording from 5/4/2017)
- Collaborating with Community (PowerPoint)
- Data-Based Decision Making (Recording from 5/18/2017)
- Data-Based Decision Making (PowerPoint)
The following examples can be adjusted to meet LEA needs.
- Connecticut State Department of Education. Transforming your old Title 1 School-Parent Compacts in Effective Action Plans
- Example Compact (English Version)
- Example Compact (Spanish Version)
- Georgia Department of Education. Family School Compact designed to meet Title 1 compact requirements.
Family-School Relationship Survey
- Downloadable free Perception Survey tools to help educators gather feedback and engage families in their school. Panorama Education
- Family Engagement– the degree to which families become involved with and interact with their child’s school.
- School Climate– perception of the overall social and learning climate of the school
- Barriers to Engagement– factors that can create challenges for families to interact with or become involved with their child’s school.
- Family Efficacy– how confident families are with regard to key parenting skills
- Learning Behaviors– families’ perception of their child’s learning related behaviors
- Family Support– families’ perception of the amount of academic and social support that they provide their child with outside of school.
- NEW! Collaborating with Families
- Family Friendly Two-page Guides to give to Families regarding academic expectations for K-8th High School English; High School Math
- Goals and Indicators for Family-School Partnerships
- Guidelines for SEA on Engaging Parents
- NEW! Intensive Intervention: An overview for families
- NEW! Intensive Intervention: FAQ
- PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships: An Implementation Guide (pdf)
- What Works Clearinghouse – Institute of Education Sciences in collaboration with National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. This site reviews existing research on different programs, products, practices and policies for educators to make evidence-based decision.