Schools and children can benefit when educators support families’ involvement in school governance and other ways to influence school practices.

Click on a grade level below to find resources on how to encourage family engagement in shared decision-making and help parents advocate for their children and schools.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Articles

Videos / webinars

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
  • 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)
  • 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 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)

Modules

  • Communication for Collaboration
    This multimedia CONNECT module uses a problem-based approach to communication between early childhood professionals and families. Specific practices are described and recommended for particular situations, including active listening, seeking, and verifying.
    Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
  • Family-Professional Partnerships
    This multimedia CONNECT Module takes a problem-based approach to helping early childhood professionals learn effective practices for building relationships with families.
    Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
  • 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

  • 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

Podcasts

Websites

  • 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)
  • 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 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)

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

  • 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

Podcasts

Websites

  • 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)
  • 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 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)

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

  • 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

Podcasts

Websites

  • 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)
  • 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 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)

Modules

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