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Reducing Barriers to Family Engagement

How Your District Can Understand and Address Common Barriers to Engagement with Families

Since the US Department issued the 1994 report on Strong Families, Strong Schools, the body of evidence showing that family engagement impacts learning has continued to grow. Schools that engage families find that their students have higher grades, show faster rates of literacy acquisition, attend school more regularly, and are more likely to graduate. With researchers such as Dr. Karen Mapp further establishing the importance of family-school partnerships (2002; 2006), we know that engaging families is critical for student success in academics and for social and emotional development, as well as for the overall school climate.


  • Family and community collaboration
  • Family and community engagement
  • Relationships
  • Student engagement
  • Two-way communication
  • Guide
  • Survey
  • Community Organization
  • District
  • Educator
  • Intermediary
  • Principal
  • School Leader
  • Family and Community Collaboration