Engaging Families

Research has shown that engaging families in education increases student achievement and decreases dropout rates. Effective family engagement is a set of day-to-day practices, attitudes, beliefs and interactions that support learning at home, at school, after school, and during the summer. Educators should promote engagement that is systemic, sustained, and integrated into school improvement efforts.

Educators who engage parents as full partners in education and address each of the six types of parent engagement will improve student outcomes. Schools committed to family engagement provide ongoing, embedded professional development for staff.

Communicating – Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful.
Parenting – Parenting skills are promoted, taught, and supported.
Student Learning – Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning.
Volunteering – Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought.
School Decision-Making and Advocacy – Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families.
Collaborating with Community – Community resources are used to strengthen schools, families, and student learning.

Note: Schools and districts will benefit most if they begin with the resource section of Module 1. This first module is designed to help you develop systems and strategies to improve family engagement efforts and build community partnerships. Get started on your own framework using the PowerPoint and the Family Engagement Framework Guidance available in Module 1.
  •  - 9/14/18
    Learn about the statutes and laws that mandate family engagement.
  •  - 8/20/18