We need to shift the way we partner with families to help students learn: from parent involvement to family engagement.
What does this really mean?
Effective Family Engagement Could Look Like This
So that families have power to help schools close gaps and increase student achievement, schools need to:
- Build Trust with families - whatever their students' grade level, pre-kindergarten through high school;
- Connect Families to knowledge, information, and tools that support academic learning at home and in the community;
- Support Educators with time and skills to connect more, and more effectively, with families; and
- Collaborate Consistently with families and community partners — across programs, grade levels, and buildings — to ensure every student is career and college ready.
What does this look like in practice?
See the video above for specific ideas, or explore our visualizations of this shift, plus strategies districts can use to get there, on a two-page handout on our communications tools page.