The Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals Companion Document provides several indicators for building capacity for staff with a focus on professional development. The report includes rubrics for districts to assess their progress in implementing best practices in family and community collaboration.
Use the Flamboyan Foundation Family Engagement Tool to assess your outcomes and practices. Consider this as a starting place for determining where your district should consider adding new practices in conjunction with other practitioners.
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 …
“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.”
“Research shows that when schools successfully engage families, students earn higher grades, score higher on tests, develop better social skills, and are more likely to graduate. The Family-School Relationships Survey was developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to provide schools with a clear picture of family attitudes about several key topics.”
“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.”
Oakland Unified School District shared this presentation in Fall 2022 to train caregivers and community members on how to engage with district planning and activities. The presentation, “Basic Information about the LCAP and the LCAP Parent & Student Advisory Committee” can offer inspiration and examples for district staff in how to design clear, effective training materials …
This form from Washington DC Public Schools (DCPS) offers an example of a home visit consent form. This can serve as an example for other districts and schools to start and/or formalize home visiting programs that strengthen family partnerships.
Download this template from You for Youth to assess family satisfaction with engagement activities. While this survey focuses on family-school partnerships related to 21st Century Community Learning Centers, it offers a great template for creating surveys about family and community collaboration more broadly.
Download this checklist from You 4 Youth as a template for tracking and evaluating family engagement activities. The template is a great starting point for district administrators and educators, and can be adapted to fit your needs.