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Resource Library: Family Engagement

2018 SPDG Family Engagement Resources

 

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Building Partnerships and Shared Leadership

Creating Collaborative Action Teams: Working Together for Student Success | SEDL http://www.sedl.org/pubs/fam18/

The Collaborative Action Team process is a set of concepts, activities, and resources that individuals, school districts and other organizations can use to develop a partnership between home, school, community, and students at the local level. These teams identify pressing issues in the school community and take action to address those issues with the purpose of promoting student success.


Minority Parent and Community Engagement: Best Practices and Policy Recommendations for Closing the Gaps in Student Achievement | MALDEF

http://www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/MCO_MALDEF%20Report_final.pdf

Improving Ethnic Minority Parent and Community Engagement for Closing Gaps in Student Achievement, provides best practices for engaging ethnic minority parents, identi es dynamics that hinder parental engagement and successful strate- gies that strengthen parental engagement, and provides recommendations for improving state and national parental engagement policies.


OSEP-funded Parent Centers Serving Families of Children with Disabilities | Parent Center Hub

www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

The Center for Parent Information and Resources maintains a list of the OSEP-funded Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resources Centers serving families of children with disabilities in every state and U.S. territory.


Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community | SEDL

http://www.sedl.org/pubs/catalog/items/family126.html

SEDL’s Working Systemically approach is a process for school improvement—and, ultimately, increased student achievement—that focuses on key components and competencies at all levels of the local educational system.



 

Models for Family and Community Engagement Top

Dual Capacity-Building Framework | SEDL

https://www2.ed.gov/documents/family-community/partners-education.pdf

The Dual Capacity-Building Framework helps schools, districts and states to develop a comprehensive family engagement strategy that includes building the capacity of both school personnel and families to partner with one another to promote student success.


Enhancing Parent Engagement: Indicator 8 Training Module Series | PATTAN

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/Instructional%20Materials/Browse/Single/?id=4f8c22e08b0332b02f0000e3

The training module toolkit contains six, independent modules of study which are framed by the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships developed by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The modules are based on research in the area of family engagement. Throughout each module, school staff will examine current practices and school procedures and reflect on ways to strengthen and enhance their family engagement efforts.


Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community | SEDL

http://www.sedl.org/pubs/catalog/items/family126.html

SEDL’s Working Systemically approach is a process for school improvement—and, ultimately, increased student achievement—that focuses on key components and competencies at all levels of the local educational system.


PTA National Standards for Family School Partnerships: Implementation Guide | PTA

https://www.pta.org/docs/default-source/files/runyourpta/national-standards/national_standards_implementation_guide.pdf

This guide will help local school communities implement programs, practices, and policies that encourage partnerships between families, schools, and communities and promote student success. Use the guide and the supporting resources at PTA.org/partnerships to educate your community about the importance of family involvement, and to direct the development of effective partnerships.

Enhancing Parent Involvement: A Practical Guide for Pennsylvania's Schools Supporting Students with Disabilities | PATTAN

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/PaTTAN%20Publications/Browse/Single/?id=4dc09560cd69f9ac7fa10000

This guide offers ideas on how schools and districts can address parent engagement as a means to ensure strong results for students. This publication was written for school and district personnel as a practical tool to advise and guide practices supporting effective parent involvement at the local level. (2015)



 

Research & Best PracticesTop

THE IMPACT OF FAMILY INVOLVEMENT ON THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN AGES 3 TO 8 | Frances L. Van Voorhis, Michelle F. Maier, Joyce L. Epstein, Chrishana M. Lloyd

October 2013 https://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/The_Impact_of_Family_Involvement_FR.pdf

The studies reviewed in this report represent the most rigorous work conducted over the past decade on the nature and effects of family involvement on young children’s literacy, math, and social-emotional skills. (2013)


Seven Research-Based Ways That Families Promote Early Literacy | Margaret Caspe and M. Elena Lopez | September 2017

https://globalfrp.org/Articles/Seven-Research-Based-Ways-Families-Promote-Early-Literacy

This infographic from the Global Family Research Project depicts the ways that families engage in supporting early literacy.


Top Five Reasons Schools Need to Engage Parents | PATTAN

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/PaTTAN%20Publications/Browse/Single/?id=4dc09560cd69f9ac7fa00000

This fact sheet offers ideas on how schools and districts can address parent engagement as a means to ensure strong results for students.


A New Wave of Evidence | SEDL

http://www.sedl.org/pubs/catalog/items/fam33.html

This research synthesis is the second in a series that will examine key issues in the field of family and community connections with schools. It is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement and effective strategies to connect schools, families and community. (2002)


Research on Parent Involvement with Diverse Families | PACER Center

http://www.pacer.org/cultural-diversity/research-literature.asp

This page includes a representative list of recent research literature on multicultural parent involvement and engagement, particularly those which address the interests and needs of educators.


Enhancing Parent Engagement: Indicator 8 Training Module Series | PATTAN

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/Instructional%20Materials/Browse/Single/?id=4f8c22e08b0332b02f0000e3

The training module toolkit contains six, independent modules of study which are framed by the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships developed by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The modules are based on research in the area of family engagement. Throughout each module, school staff will examine current practices and school procedures and reflect on ways to strengthen and enhance their family engagement efforts.


School Resource Network | Resources for Schools | Academic Development Institute

http://www.schoolcommunitynetwork.org/RFS.aspx

Resources for Schools to help in their work with families. Search the databases by age group, topic or key word for activities, articles and resources on: parent education, communication, professional development, early childhood, special education and English language learners.



 

Assessments for Planning, Evaluation and Continuous ImprovementTop

Regional State Support Team (SST) Family and Community Engagement Self Assessment Planning Tool. | Boone, B., (2014)

https://u.osu.edu/familyschoolpartnerships/ohiofce/

This self-assessment tool is designed to provide regional support systems for family engagement with a means of reflecting on their work for supporting family and community engagement and to set priorities for strengthening and expanding this work in the future.


Beyond the Bake Sale | Checklist | How Well Does Your School Support Parents as Advocates | Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, Davies

http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/Supporting%20Families%20as%20Advocates.pdf

As a leadership team, review and rate your school/district programs and practices, then complete the reflection questions at the end of the survey to help you design a plan for improving ways to support families as advocates.


Beyond the Bake Sale | Checklist | How Well is Your School Bridging Racial, Class and Cultural Differences | Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, Davies

http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/Racial%20Class%20&%20Cultural%20Differences.pdf

Use this checklist to review and rate school policies and practices, then complete the reflection questions at the end of the survey to help you design a plan for bridging racial, class and cultural differences.


Family Engagement with PBIS | OSU, Center for Education and Training For Employment

http://u.osu.edu/familyschoolpartnerships/pbis/

The tools featured on this website of The Ohio State University include rubrics for school PBIS teams to assess their level of famiy engagement through PBIS at Tiers I, II and III. Additional tools for communicating about PBIS to families are also available.


Enhancing Parent Engagement: Indicator 8 Training Module Series | PATTAN

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/Instructional%20Materials/Browse/Single/?id=4f8c22e08b0332b02f0000e3

The training module toolkit contains six, independent modules of study which are framed by the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships developed by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The modules are based on research in the area of family engagement. Throughout each module, school staff will examine current practices and school procedures and reflect on ways to strengthen and enhance their family engagement efforts.


PTA National Standards for Family School Partnerships: Implementation Guide | PTA

https://www.pta.org/docs/default-source/files/runyourpta/national-standards/national_standards_implementation_guide.pdf

This guide will help local school communities implement programs, practices, and policies that encourage partnerships between families, schools, and communities and promote student success. Use the guide and the supporting resources at PTA.org/partnerships to educate your community about the importance of family involvement, and to direct the development of effective partnerships.



 

Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse FamiliesTop


SIGnetwork Webinar on working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds | Rose Quintero, PACER &Loraine Jensen, MN Department of Education

http://signetwork.org/event_calendar/events/1445

Families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face unique circumstances which may make it difficult for them to effectively engage in their child’s education. This session will focus on the resources and tools that PACER staff developed, with MN school district partners, under our SPDG grant, to help promote meaningful parent engagement with these families. We will highlight the resources available on our webpage for school professionals and parents. We will also talk about the lessons learned, efforts to disseminate this information, and our new SPDG grant, which focuses on family engagement for African American and American Indian transition age youth.


Beyond the Bake Sale | Checklist | How Well is Your School Bridging Racial, Class and Cultural Differences | Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, Davies

http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/Racial%20Class%20&%20Cultural%20Differences.pdf

Use this checklist to review and rate school policies and practices, then complete the reflection questions at the end of the survey to help you design a plan for bridging racial, class and cultural differences.


Minority Parent and Community Engagement: Best Practices and Policy Recommendations for Closing the Gaps in Student Achievement | MALDEF

http://www.maldef.org/assets/pdf/MCO_MALDEF%20Report_final.pdf

Improving Ethnic Minority Parent and Community Engagement for Closing Gaps in Student Achievement, provides best practices for engaging ethnic minority parents, identi es dynamics that hinder parental engagement and successful strate- gies that strengthen parental engagement, and provides recommendations for improving state and national parental engagement policies.


Research on Parent Involvement with Diverse Families | PACER Center

http://www.pacer.org/cultural-diversity/research-literature.asp

This page includes a representative list of recent research literature on multicultural parent involvement and engagement, particularly those which address the interests and needs of educators.


Enhancing Parent Involvement: A Practical Guide for Pennsylvania's Schools Supporting Students with Disabilities | PATTAN

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/PaTTAN%20Publications/Browse/Single/?id=4dc09560cd69f9ac7fa10000

This guide offers ideas on how schools and districts can address parent engagement as a means to ensure strong results for students. This publication was written for school and district personnel as a practical tool to advise and guide practices supporting effective parent involvement at the local level. (2015)



 

Engagement Linked to Learning ModelsTop

Family Engagement with PBIS | OSU, Center for Education and Training For Employment

http://u.osu.edu/familyschoolpartnerships/pbis/

The tools featured on this website of The Ohio State University include rubrics for school PBIS teams to assess their level of famiy engagement through PBIS at Tiers I, II and III. Additional tools for communicating about PBIS to families are also available.


Enhancing Parent Involvement: A Practical Guide for Pennsylvania's Schools Supporting Students with Disabilities | PATTAN

http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/PaTTAN%20Publications/Browse/Single/?id=4dc09560cd69f9ac7fa10000

This guide offers ideas on how schools and districts can address parent engagement as a means to ensure strong results for students. This publication was written for school and district personnel as a practical tool to advise and guide practices supporting effective parent involvement at the local level. (2015)


“Partnering with Families for Early Language and Literacy Development: Research-based Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers” | Boone, B.J., Wellman, M.E., & Schenker, V. (2017).

https://u.osu.edu/familyschoolpartnerships/files/2016/12/LanguageLiteracy-Strategies-for-Teachers-12.12.17-2j291t8.pdf

This document was created for teachers, pre-K through 3rd grade, looking to improve their strategies for partnering with families for children’s language and literacy development. Research demonstrates that family support for language

and literacy activities at school and at home is positively related to children’s outcomes, including reading acquisition, language, vocabulary learning, conceptual development, and literacy achievement (Dearing, Kreider, Simpkins, & Weiss, 2006; Rowe & Fain, 2013; Senechal, 2006). The following eight strategies drawn from the research literature offer opportunities for teachers to build stronger partnerships with families to support children’s language and literacy development.


Tips for Administrators, Teachers, and Families: How to Share Data Effectively | Global Family Research Project

https://globalfrp.org/Articles/Tips-for-Administrators-Teachers-and-Families-How-to-Share-Data-Effectively

Parents not only need access to data, but they need to know how to act on what the data might be telling them. These Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets provide key strategies that both parents and teachers can use to support students both in and out of the classroom. A tip sheet aimed at school principals also outlines how school administrators can support parents and teachers to that end. (English and Spanish)


Ohio Parent Teacher Partnership Model | Ohio SPDG

https://u.osu.edu/familyschoolpartnerships/ptp/

The Parent-Teacher Partnership Model brings together a small group of family members and school staff a few times per year to discuss such topics as respect, communication, equality, and supporting student learning using a set of 8 suggested modules. Families and schools implement this model for an opportunity for honest and open, two-way communication towards school improvement and family well-being. Parents and teachers co-facilitate meetings, to model to the group that families are equal partners. While the modules are designed to go in order, they can be adapted and used to meet your local needs. The modules are available in English and Spanish. Within each module you will find everything you need to facilitate the session, such as slides, handouts, video clips, and feedback forms.