We need to shift the way we partner with families to help students learn: from parent involvement to family engagement. To empower families to help schools close gaps and increase student achievement, schools need to:
- Build trust with students' families at every grade level, pre-kindergarten through high school;
- Connect families to information and tools that help them support their students' learning;
- Support educators with time and skill building to help them engage families effectively; and
- Collaborate consistently with families and community partners to ensure every student is career and college ready.
Effective Family Engagement Could Look Like This
To help build a common understanding of family engagement among staff and administrators, use the tools on the Building a Common Understanding of Family Engagement page.