Family Engagement Toolkit

What is Family Engagement?

"Family Engagement" refers to school/family partnerships. It is the collaborative interaction between educators and families in activities that promote student learning and positive child and youth development at home, in school, and in the community, including but not limited to:

  • Regular, two-way and meaningful communication between parents and school personnel
  • Outreach to our diverse families
  • Parent education
  • Staff professional development
  • Volunteering
  • Families participating in school decision making
  • Promoting advocacy for students and families

Family Engagement is a shared responsibility between families and schools. It is a continuous relationship from preschool through high school graduation and reinforces learning in all settings. Years of research show when families are engaged in their student’s education, the student will be more successful academically, socially, emotionally and have less behavioral problems. Family Engagement is a winning strategy for students, families and schools!

Family Engagement Toolkit

Notes from the Backpack is a National PTA sponsored podcast designed for parents. Through the unique combination of experts, parents and educators, each episode features engaging conversations that offer real-life advice and ideas on how to support children's learning and development - all in parent-friendly language.

Click here to listen to the Notes from the Backpack podcast

Notas de la Mochila es un podcast de PTA diseñado para millones de padres y los sobre los que ellos ejercen su influencia. A través de una combinación excepcional de invitados expertos, padres y educadores, cada episodio trae charlas atrapantes que ofrecen ideas y consejos de la vido real para respaldar el aprendizaje y el desarrollo infantil. Todo en un idioma apto para padres.

Click here to listen to Notas de la Mochila broadcast

PAVE  Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment provides resources and information for families of students with disabilities or special care needs.

Zero to Three - General parenting topics and age based information from birth to 36 months.