Creating and maintaining a family engagement system can present significant challenges for school personnel.

Click on a grade level below to find resources for creating and maintaining a family engagement system, including examples of promising practices schools use around the country.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Articles

Videos / webinars

  • Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement
    This collection of videos from the Office of Head Start covers a range of topics related to program/family relationships in the early years.
    Office of Head Start
  • Effective Community Engagement: The Vision Ahead
    This Webinar addresses ways to develop dynamic and effective collaborative plans with community partners from a foundation of strengths-based attitudes and relationship-based practices.
    (2015) Office of Head Start
  • Family Engagement Webinar for School and Districts
    This Webinar from the Illinois State Board of Education is intended to build a common understanding of what is needed for family engagement that promotes student learning and healthy development.
    (2016) ISBE
  • School Community: Connection
    These professional development video clips focus on strategies that enhance relationships within a school community, including activities that bring families together.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • Technology for Family Engagement in Early Learning Settings
    Drawing from research on the technology habits of millennial parents, this webinar presents a framework for engaging families through tools such as social media, and discusses what is known about families’ use of technologies with young children.
    (2016) Harvard Family Research Project
  • The Role of Leadership – Strategies for Implementing and Sustaining Change
    This Webinar discusses ways that early childhood program leadership can create opportunities for parent, family, and community engagement practices that promote positive family outcomes and children’s school readiness.
    (2015) Office of Head Start
  • Working Together: School, Family & Community Partnerships A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities
    This set of videos/webinars/handouts supports school, family, and community partnerships. Topics include Improving Communication, Promoting Positive Parenting, Enhancing Student Learning, Increasing Volunteerism, Supporting Decision Making & Advocacy, and Collaborating with the Community.
    (2006) New Mexico Dept. of Education

Podcasts

Websites

  • Building Capacity for Family Engagement in the Early Education Field
    This Web page provides links to issues of the Harvard Family Research Project’s FINE Newsletter that address engaging families as decision-makers for their children’s education.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Family Engagement in Illinois
    This ISBE Web site has links to the Illinois Family Engagement Framework Guide and related resources for educators and administrators.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Family Involvement
    This Web page features links to research-based resources on a variety of topics relevant to promoting family involvement in children’s education.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
    This Website provides resources relevant to family-school engagement, as well as links to materials on other sites.
    (2014) National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
  • National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
    This Website is a portal to a wide range of information about family and community involvement in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
    Office of Head Start
  • National PTA Family Engagement Tools
    This Web page has links to multiple NPTA resources that can assist school personnel in engaging families, including resources about military families and urban families.
    National PTA (NPTA)
  • National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
    Hispanics represent the largest and one of the fastest-growing minority population subgroups in the U.S. To help programs and policies better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates, together with university partners, launched the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families.
    (2017) U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Facilitator Guide
    This is a facilitator guide that provides a basic framework to implement five workshops of Family Creative Learning. This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.
    (2014) PBS KIDS

Modules

  • Refugee and Immigrant Family Engagement in the Schools
    Using the National PTA Standards for family involvement as a framework, this training module covers key issues in and optimal practices for engaging refugee and immigrant families with their children’s schools.
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
  • School Community Network Family Engagement Tool
    This web-based tool can assist school teams in assessing all aspects of their family engagement programs and practices.
    (2012) Academic Development Institute
Elementary School

Articles

Videos / webinars

  • Family Engagement Webinar for School and Districts
    This Webinar from the Illinois State Board of Education is intended to build a common understanding of what is needed for family engagement that promotes student learning and healthy development.
    (2016) ISBE
  • School Community: Connection
    These professional development video clips focus on strategies that enhance relationships within a school community, including activities that bring families together.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • Working Together: School, Family & Community Partnerships A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities
    This set of videos/webinars/handouts supports school, family, and community partnerships. Topics include Improving Communication, Promoting Positive Parenting, Enhancing Student Learning, Increasing Volunteerism, Supporting Decision Making & Advocacy, and Collaborating with the Community.
    (2006) New Mexico Dept. of Education

Podcasts

Websites

  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Family Engagement in Illinois
    This ISBE Web site has links to the Illinois Family Engagement Framework Guide and related resources for educators and administrators.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Family Involvement
    This Web page features links to research-based resources on a variety of topics relevant to promoting family involvement in children’s education.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents Family Engagement
    The Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents Family Engagement website provides a wealth of resources, including a wide range of training materials for improving family engagement in school settings.
    (2017)
  • National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
    This Website provides resources relevant to family-school engagement, as well as links to materials on other sites.
    (2014) National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
  • National PTA Family Engagement Tools
    This Web page has links to multiple NPTA resources that can assist school personnel in engaging families, including resources about military families and urban families.
    National PTA (NPTA)
  • National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
    Hispanics represent the largest and one of the fastest-growing minority population subgroups in the U.S. To help programs and policies better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates, together with university partners, launched the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families.
    (2017) U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Facilitator Guide
    This is a facilitator guide that provides a basic framework to implement five workshops of Family Creative Learning. This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.
    (2014) PBS KIDS

Modules

  • Refugee and Immigrant Family Engagement in the Schools
    Using the National PTA Standards for family involvement as a framework, this training module covers key issues in and optimal practices for engaging refugee and immigrant families with their children’s schools.
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
  • School Community Network Family Engagement Tool
    This web-based tool can assist school teams in assessing all aspects of their family engagement programs and practices.
    (2012) Academic Development Institute
Middle School

Articles

Videos / webinars

  • Family Engagement Webinar for School and Districts
    This Webinar from the Illinois State Board of Education is intended to build a common understanding of what is needed for family engagement that promotes student learning and healthy development.
    (2016) ISBE
  • School Community: Connection
    These professional development video clips focus on strategies that enhance relationships within a school community, including activities that bring families together.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • Working Together: School, Family & Community Partnerships A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities
    This set of videos/webinars/handouts supports school, family, and community partnerships. Topics include Improving Communication, Promoting Positive Parenting, Enhancing Student Learning, Increasing Volunteerism, Supporting Decision Making & Advocacy, and Collaborating with the Community.
    (2006) New Mexico Dept. of Education

Podcasts

Websites

  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Family Engagement in Illinois
    This ISBE Web site has links to the Illinois Family Engagement Framework Guide and related resources for educators and administrators.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Family Involvement
    This Web page features links to research-based resources on a variety of topics relevant to promoting family involvement in children’s education.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents Family Engagement
    The Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents Family Engagement website provides a wealth of resources, including a wide range of training materials for improving family engagement in school settings.
    (2017)
  • National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
    This Website provides resources relevant to family-school engagement, as well as links to materials on other sites.
    (2014) National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
  • National PTA Family Engagement Tools
    This Web page has links to multiple NPTA resources that can assist school personnel in engaging families, including resources about military families and urban families.
    National PTA (NPTA)
  • National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
    Hispanics represent the largest and one of the fastest-growing minority population subgroups in the U.S. To help programs and policies better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates, together with university partners, launched the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families.
    (2017) U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Facilitator Guide
    This is a facilitator guide that provides a basic framework to implement five workshops of Family Creative Learning. This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.
    (2014) PBS KIDS

Modules

  • Refugee and Immigrant Family Engagement in the Schools
    Using the National PTA Standards for family involvement as a framework, this training module covers key issues in and optimal practices for engaging refugee and immigrant families with their children’s schools.
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
  • School Community Network Family Engagement Tool
    This web-based tool can assist school teams in assessing all aspects of their family engagement programs and practices.
    (2012) Academic Development Institute
High School

Articles

Videos / webinars

  • Family Engagement Webinar for School and Districts
    This Webinar from the Illinois State Board of Education is intended to build a common understanding of what is needed for family engagement that promotes student learning and healthy development.
    (2016) ISBE
  • School Community: Connection
    These professional development video clips focus on strategies that enhance relationships within a school community, including activities that bring families together.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • Working Together: School, Family & Community Partnerships A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities
    This set of videos/webinars/handouts supports school, family, and community partnerships. Topics include Improving Communication, Promoting Positive Parenting, Enhancing Student Learning, Increasing Volunteerism, Supporting Decision Making & Advocacy, and Collaborating with the Community.
    (2006) New Mexico Dept. of Education

Podcasts

Websites

  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Family Engagement in Illinois
    This ISBE Web site has links to the Illinois Family Engagement Framework Guide and related resources for educators and administrators.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Family Involvement
    This Web page features links to research-based resources on a variety of topics relevant to promoting family involvement in children’s education.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents Family Engagement
    The Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents Family Engagement website provides a wealth of resources, including a wide range of training materials for improving family engagement in school settings.
    (2017)
  • National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
    This Website provides resources relevant to family-school engagement, as well as links to materials on other sites.
    (2014) National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
  • National PTA Family Engagement Tools
    This Web page has links to multiple NPTA resources that can assist school personnel in engaging families, including resources about military families and urban families.
    National PTA (NPTA)
  • National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
    Hispanics represent the largest and one of the fastest-growing minority population subgroups in the U.S. To help programs and policies better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, Child Trends and Abt Associates, together with university partners, launched the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families.
    (2017) U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Modules

  • Refugee and Immigrant Family Engagement in the Schools
    Using the National PTA Standards for family involvement as a framework, this training module covers key issues in and optimal practices for engaging refugee and immigrant families with their children’s schools.
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
  • School Community Network Family Engagement Tool
    This web-based tool can assist school teams in assessing all aspects of their family engagement programs and practices.
    (2012) Academic Development Institute

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