Administrators often find that teachers want additional information or professional development to help them engage families more effectively.

Click on a grade level below for resources to help educators get families more engaged in their children’s education.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Articles

  • Building Parent Leadership
    This manual for school personnel addresses benefits of parent leadership, a variety of potential leadership roles for parents, and effective ways to engage parents in leadership positions.
    (2013) Georgia Department of Education
  • Connecting with Parents in the Early Years
    This book covers a broad range of issues and related research regarding interactions between early childhood programs and the families they serve, including the role of relational trust and the need for a variety of ways of communicating with families.
    (2003) Early Childhood & Parenting Collaborative
  • Family Engagement and Ongoing Child Assessment
    This article discusses the principles and effective practices involved in sharing information from assessment with families.
    (2011) Office of Head Start
  • How Can High-Poverty Schools Engage Families and the Community?
    The authors discuss a range of issues related to high-poverty schools and family/community engagement, and describe some promising practices for enhancing how such schools engage families and their communities.
    (2016) Edutopia
  • How Can Teachers Support Young Children in Military Families?
    This FAQ article provides practical advice on issues of concern to teachers and caregivers who work with preschoolers in military families; the suggestions may also apply in settings with older children.
    (2011) Illinois Early Learning Project
  • How Districts Can Lay the Groundwork for Lasting Family Engagement
    This newsletter discusses 6 “insights” from research into family engagement and suggests approaches districts can take to specific related issues.
    (2014) SEDL
  • Illinois Family Engagement Framework Guide
    This guide is meant to be a resource for Illinois school and district leaders, as well as families, to use in planning, implementing, and evaluating family engagement practices.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Illinois Family Engagement Standards for Effective Practice
    The four main standards for effective family engagement practice are linked here to more detailed descriptions to assist with planning and implementation.
    (2015) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Improving Family and Community Engagement Through Sharing Data
    This briefing paper focuses on general strategies and approaches to improve the sharing of data with family and community to foster improved engagement, with some specific suggestions for ways to disseminate information to families and other stakeholders.
    (2012) Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC)
  • Looking Before They Leap: How ESSA Can Help Students Transition
    This blog describes resources that ESSA provides to help families and students with the transition to elementary school.
    (2017) New America

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)
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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 Connections Training Modules
    These four modules focus on ways that early childhood program staff can support mental health while engaging families in their programs.
    Office of Head Start
  • 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
  • Head Start’s “Interactive Homelessness Lessons”
    These six interactive lessons for educators define homelessness and address such topics as outreach to homeless families, using cases of specific families as examples.
    (2014) Office of Head Start
  • Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners
    This “toolkit” describes recommended practices for educators, and includes detailed suggestions for 5 literacy-related family workshops, handouts in English and Spanish to give families, and lists of recommended children’s books.
    (2012) Colorin Colorado
  • 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

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)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners
    This “toolkit” describes recommended practices for educators, and includes detailed suggestions for 5 literacy-related family workshops, handouts in English and Spanish to give families, and lists of recommended children’s books.
    (2012) Colorin Colorado
  • 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

  • Building Parent Leadership
    This manual for school personnel addresses benefits of parent leadership, a variety of potential leadership roles for parents, and effective ways to engage parents in leadership positions.
    (2013) Georgia Department of Education
  • How Can High-Poverty Schools Engage Families and the Community?
    The authors discuss a range of issues related to high-poverty schools and family/community engagement, and describe some promising practices for enhancing how such schools engage families and their communities.
    (2016) Edutopia
  • How Districts Can Lay the Groundwork for Lasting Family Engagement
    This newsletter discusses 6 “insights” from research into family engagement and suggests approaches districts can take to specific related issues.
    (2014) SEDL
  • Illinois Family Engagement Framework Guide
    This guide is meant to be a resource for Illinois school and district leaders, as well as families, to use in planning, implementing, and evaluating family engagement practices.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Illinois Family Engagement Standards for Effective Practice
    The four main standards for effective family engagement practice are linked here to more detailed descriptions to assist with planning and implementation.
    (2015) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Improving Family and Community Engagement Through Sharing Data
    This briefing paper focuses on general strategies and approaches to improve the sharing of data with family and community to foster improved engagement, with some specific suggestions for ways to disseminate information to families and other stakeholders.
    (2012) Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC)

Videos / webinars

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)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Building Parent Leadership
    This manual for school personnel addresses benefits of parent leadership, a variety of potential leadership roles for parents, and effective ways to engage parents in leadership positions.
    (2013) Georgia Department of Education
  • How Can High-Poverty Schools Engage Families and the Community?
    The authors discuss a range of issues related to high-poverty schools and family/community engagement, and describe some promising practices for enhancing how such schools engage families and their communities.
    (2016) Edutopia
  • How Districts Can Lay the Groundwork for Lasting Family Engagement
    This newsletter discusses 6 “insights” from research into family engagement and suggests approaches districts can take to specific related issues.
    (2014) SEDL
  • Illinois Family Engagement Framework Guide
    This guide is meant to be a resource for Illinois school and district leaders, as well as families, to use in planning, implementing, and evaluating family engagement practices.
    (2016) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Illinois Family Engagement Standards for Effective Practice
    The four main standards for effective family engagement practice are linked here to more detailed descriptions to assist with planning and implementation.
    (2015) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • Improving Family and Community Engagement Through Sharing Data
    This briefing paper focuses on general strategies and approaches to improve the sharing of data with family and community to foster improved engagement, with some specific suggestions for ways to disseminate information to families and other stakeholders.
    (2012) Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC)

Videos / webinars

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)
  • 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)

Modules

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