- “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 – 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: An Implementation Guide (pdf)
- One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships
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
- 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.
- Academic Progress Monitoring tool chart – National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research. This tool chart presents information about academic progress monitoring tools.
- 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
- PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships: An Implementation Guide (pdf)
- Ten ways to get men more involved
- 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.