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.”

ASCD Podcast: How One Ohio District is Centering Student Engagement

From ASCD:  “In this podcast: When students are engaged in learning that is meaningful and relevant, they are more likely to enjoy school and experience success. In this special episode of ASCD Connect developed by the Ohio Whole Child Network, education leaders in Columbiana County, Ohio, discuss their efforts to coordinate school and community partnerships …

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 …


Building Your School-wide Approach to Family Engagement When family engagement gets REAL, educators and families become true allies in educational excellence, schools foster a sense of belonging for everyone, and students succeed in schools and beyond. Though it is essential to student success, family engagement is not always an easy or clear task. The School …

Family-School Relationships Survey

Why Do Family-School Relationships Matter? Schools that effectively engage families find that their students earn higher grades, score higher on test, develop better social skills, and are more likely to graduate. How Can Schools Measure Family-School Relationships? By asking parents and guardians to provide feedback through surveys, schools and districts can gather actionable data and …

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