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Enhancing Family and Community Engagement

Research has repeatedly shown that students whose families are engaged with them and with their school tend to perform better in every area: achievement, attendance, and social skills. Engaged and supportive families and communities also help children cope better with today’s challenges such as bullying. Additionally, family and community engagement help lower drop out rates. The U.S. Department of Education website sums up the issue: “Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility."
A Collection By Freda Farmer
  • 5 Collection Items
  • 5 Collection Items
  • Discussion
Enhancing Family and Community Engagement
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This page on the national PTA website is a clearinghouse of information for parents and educators alike. The six topics are: PTA National Standards for Family-School Relationships, (2) Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit, (3) Male Engagement, (4) Military Families, (5) Urban Families, and (6) the Smart Talk tool kit. Each of these topics has clickable links to other web pages, videos, checklists, presentation slides, etc. This information would be excellent on any PTA or school staff meeting agenda.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This 8-minute YouTube uses video clips from one school in Atlanta (Sheltering Arms) to explain and illustrate the innumerable benefits of parental involvement. The school implements programs like “Legacy Moms”, where mothers meet to discuss their mutual problems. As the commentator notes, parents who are engaged are able to share their stress and parent far better than parents who are isolated. “Parent Café” is another program where parents come for dinner, bonding activities, and group talk.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This tab on the HeadStart website has seven subsections. Each one is relevant, including topics such as “Interactive Homeless Lessons”, which trains staff to work with homeless families. Also right on target and highly informative are the articles, blog posts, and posters on father engagement (two of which are available in Spanish).
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This webpage from the USDE presents three sets of tools and support: (1) Parents and Families, (2) Schools and Educators, and (3) Communities. I love the detail provided for Parents and Families and for Schools and Educators in particular. Both are referred to the websites for other relevant programs. For parents, there are two lists: how to keep students healthy and how to help them succeed.
  • Family Engagement

    Website
    dropoutprevention.org
    dropoutprevention.org
    Freda Farmer says:
    This page on the National Dropout Prevention Center website presents a brief overview of the importance of family engagement. This web page has two links. The Family Engagement Link displays 33 other resources (NDPC Materials; Publications; and Websites). Included are articles like “Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships”. The second link (Related Webcasts) presents six webcasts related to the issue.