“This project began with a forthright question. Amidst racism, historical trauma, poverty, unstable neighborhoods, and systemic inequities in education, what will it take for nondominant students, families, and their communities to thrive? he Family Leadership Design Collaborative (FLDC) is a national network of scholars, practitioners, and family and community leaders who seek to center racial …
In this ethnographic case study, Ann M. Ishimaru examines how a collaboration emerged and evolved between a low-income Latino parent organizing group and the leadership of a rapidly changing school district. Using civic capacity and community organizing theories, Ishimaru seeks to understand the role of parents, goals, strategies, and change processes that characterize a school …
Students do better in school and in life when their families are engaged. A strong body of evidence is clear that family engagement, from birth through adolescence, contributes to a range of positive student outcomes.
This tool is to spark a conversation about how our assumptions can influence our actions. Use it to examine ways in which we can question ourselves or others when biased or negative beliefs about families emerge.
Equitable family engagement focuses on meaningful engagement activities and systems between schools and families that do not characterize or treat specific parent groups as deficient in their level of engagement or approach to education (Day, 2013). This includes specific practices or approaches that reflect the values of a general group of families, as well as …
This toolkit was designed by youth leaders in New Orleans, LA, to present actionable strategies for organizations to elevate youth voices. The toolkit includes an organizational assessment tool, scorecard, and action template for organizations and districts to understand their own progress toward elevating youth voices and make a plan to improve.
Curated lists of resources for a variety of essential areas. Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids A Racial Justice Guide to the Winter Holiday Season for Educators and Families
Resources that include classroom-appropriate lesson plans, guides on how to have tough conversations with peers and students, and more.
A video of educator Dena Simmons on engaging in antiracist work in the classroom.
Provides the research base and rationale for culturally responsive teaching (CRT) and describes what it looks like, how to put it into practice, and ways to make family connections more culturally responsive, including a family survey in English and Spanish.