Equity in Family Engagement Toolkit

“Based on a Parent University collaboration with Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED), Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), stakeholders produced this Equity in Family Engagement Toolkit to support educators as they engage with families toward student learning and achievement. Captured throughout 12 meetings, family voice …

Family Conversation Starter Tools

From the Brookings Institute’s Playbook for Family-School Engagement: “The tools include: A contextualization checklist of the steps for adapting the tools to a specific context and to other actors. A short parent survey that can also be adapted to other stakeholders, such as students. A short teacher survey that can also be adapted to other stakeholders, such as school …

Family, School, and Community Partnerships P-12 Framework: User’s Guide

“The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) rubric about Family, School, and Community Partnership (FSCP) was developed in order to provide schools an image of what effective and high-impact work in this area looks like. Additionally, the rubric is intended to provide a scheme presenting a developmental continuum on which schools and programs can identify their …

Recruitment & Retention Toolkit

“This guide aims to provide useful strategies, tips, and ready-to-print templates that will help your program recruit and retain participants. There are culturally responsive practices included throughout the guide.”

Building Relationships Bridging Cultures: Cultural Brokering in Family Engagement

“Drawing on previous research and a comparative case study, this brief describes cultural brokers—individuals who acts as bridges between families and schools—and three promising strategies they used to engage families, especially those farthest from opportunities, in their children’s education: parent capacity building; culturally-specific relationship building; and systemic capacity building. We offer recommendations for cultural brokering …

Case Study: EdNavigator

This case study from the Brookings Institute’s Playbook for Family-School Engagement describes how EdNavigator, a nonprofit agency based in New Orleans, uses creative strategies to connect families and schools. Strategies include developing “congratulations packets” to build trust between families and schools and using navigators to help parents make decisions for their students.

Family Friendly Website Checklist

“This checklist is designed to aid schools in updating and creating professional school websites to meet student, family and community needs, while addressing ADA accessibly standards.”

Parent Teacher Home Visits: Educator Resources

This online resource library, developed by the grassroots Parent Teacher Home Visits organization, offers tools for educators to lead home visits. Resources include: Home visit logs, checklists, and certificates Home visit interest survey Sample letters to send to caregivers Conversation starters Reflection tools and more!

Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success

This quick 8-page report discusses how 21st Century Community Learning Centers support family and community collaboration with school districts. This article highlights examples of effective school-community partnerships and resources that educators can use to strengthen their own partnerships. This article is an excerpt from the book, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool …

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