2016 Family Engagement Institute
In August, principals, teachers, parent leaders, community partners and other key district staff came together for the Road Map Project Family Engagement Institute from August 16-18 in SeaTac. Attendees were part of action-driven teams from the seven school districts with the Road Map Project region.
The Institute was just the beginning of the development of multiple phases of year-round capacity-building supports for the region’s districts and community-based organizations. The Institute is being planned by a consultant team from the Institute for Educational Leadership with significant contributions from local planning teams that include parents, representatives from all seven Road Map region school districts and several partner organizations. The Institute is also supported by significant contributions from College Spark Washington and Social Venture Partners Seattle.
There were four objectives for the summer institute. By the end of the institute participants:
- Came away with a clear understanding of what authentic family engagement is based on the dual capacity-building framework
- Left with tangible tools to move their teams to immediate action
- Learned how to utilize culturally responsive family engagement to drive equity and transform systems
- Built trust and relationships across boundaries they formally held
Due to space constraints, registration was only available to invitees. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Carlina Brown-Banks email@example.com.
Resources related to the Institute:
- ED-HHS Joint Statement on Family Engagement
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued a policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades. ED and HHS have established the Early Learning Interagency Policy Board (IPB) to develop policy recommendations and improve program coordination and quality across federally funded early learning and development programs serving children from birth through age eight. Previously, ED and HHS have released policy statements on Expulsion and Suspension Polices in Early Childhood Settings and Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs based on public comments received.
- U.S. Department of Education
Partners in Education: The Dual Capacity-Building Framework
This paper presents a new framework for designing family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success. Based in existing research and best practices, the “Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships” is designed to act as a scaffold for the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs. This is not a blueprint for engagement initiatives, which must be designed to fit the particular contexts in which they are carried out.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework and Standards
The Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework is a road map for progress. It is a research-based approach to program change designed to help Head Start programs achieve outcomes that lead to positive and enduring change for children and families.
- John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities at Stanford University
Early Childhood Community School Linkages: Advancing a Theory of Change
IEL’s capacity building work in the birth to 3rd grade space offered important lessons which led us to advance a theory of change for the field, co-authored with the Gardner Center. Getting the results we want requires an integrated approach with changes on three levels: children and families; in school/community settings; and at the systemic level.
- Harvard Family Research Project
Michele Brooks Blog: Five Lessons about District Leadership for Family Engagement
- Introduction to Family Engagement in Education
Learn about successful collaborations between families and educators and why they lead to improved outcomes for students and schools. In this education course, you will learn what family engagement is and why it matters to the success of students and schools. We will explore the research linking family engagement to better educational outcomes and speak directly with researchers, educators, students, and families about promising practices in the field.