Role-playing can be used as a strategy to unpack and re-imagine powered relationships between teachers and marginalized families. This brief shares examples from the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as guidance and recommended resources for other districts.
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 …
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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.”
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 …
Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement
“This challenge paper starts with a brief overview of what we have learned over the past 50 years of family engagement research, practice, and policy, and a look at how this work has guided the challenge we have laid out. We go on to suggest key design principles and processes for building next generation family …
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Summer Learning Recruitment Guide
Use the Summer Learning Recruitment Guide from the Wallace Foundation to learn from five school districts how to launch a summer learning recruitment effort, develop a recruitment planning timeline, and create your recruitment game plan.
NIET: Summer Learning Planning Guide
The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) has a Summer Learning Planning Guide that helps educators prepare to work with students and families/caregivers. See page 9 for a breakdown of communications considerations by stakeholder groups (i.e., teachers, families, students).
Comprehensive Guide to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Review the Comprehensive Guide to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to learn about how districts are using MTSS to ensure that all students have the resources and support needed to succeed. Under What is MTSS, see how schools are using the “inverted pyramid” to serve all students, small groups in need of additional interventions, and individual students who …
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Core IGNITE Resources, Implementation Booklet and Mentor Training Manual
Download the IGNITE Peer Mentoring Guide and see pages 2-5 to learn about a model for supporting first-year students and developing leadership and empathy skills for older youth.
Every Day Count Family Engagement Attendance Presentation
Creating a culture that values good attendance is important and consistency is a key part of that. Communication about this important issue must be ongoing. This presentation shares both a sample family event calendar and communication calendar on pages 16-17 with suggestions for each month to help you map out your year of attendance outreach.