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Engaging Families and Communities Through Partnerships

Effective educational leaders engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. Suggested resources for this element are contributed by Renee Nelson, Teacher & Leader Support Program Advisor at the Arkansas Department of Education. This collection was made in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
A Collection By Sandra Hurst
  • 7 Collection Items
  • 7 Collection Items
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Engaging Families and Communities Through Partnerships
  • nea.org
    nea.org

    Parent, Family, Community Involvement in Education

    20 minute read
    Sandra Hurst says:
    Many community leaders, parents, and policy-makers still think it is solely the school's responsibility for student learning. Educators realize their professional responsibilities but they know they must have help from the family and community. There are specific ways in which schools can increase parent and community engagement. These ways are described.
  • Sandra Hurst says:
    School principals are tapping into community resources more and more in an effort to build capacity, run schools more efficiently and effectively, and to help foster positive student outcomes. Research shows there are many factors which influence the development of children. Some of these factors are family and community support and an engaging safe environment.
  • Sandra Hurst says:
    To build school and community partnerships, it is important that students have a voice and there is collaboration among students, families and community. There must be a shared vision with buy-in from all stakeholders. The right community leaders must be involved and committed to a common vision. School and community staff should be blended to utilize all resources.
  • Sandra Hurst says:
    A series of videos identify innovative approaches for improving family engagement that increases positive outcomes for both parents and their children. These include supporting parents and children during transition times, engaging fathers, collaborative goal-setting, and building community.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    Involvement or Engagement?

    8 minute read
    Sandra Hurst says:
    Engagement is the act of gaining partners by listening to what parents think and not just telling parents what they can do to contribute. One effective way of building relationships with families is making home visits. Parents are given an opportunity to share their concerns and needs. Schools must consider their methods of communication with parents. The more conversations that take place, the more opportunities for improving family and school relationships.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools

    10 minute read
    Sandra Hurst says:
    A survey done shows that parent engagement has increased but is still a challenge for many schools.Through community partnerships, two districts were able to improve student programs, facilities, community housing, and test scores. Steps are shared in how to begin community partnerships.
  • Sandra Hurst says:
    The Dual Capacity Framework for family and school partnerships is outlined. The components of the Framework are listed and described. Case studies identify how individual districts implemented the Framework and what resulted of the implementation.