Educator Toolkit for Family Engagement
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Our Educator Toolkit for Family Engagement is designed for anyone who engages in educating children or promoting family engagement. Whether you work in a school building, a district office, a community organization, or serve on a committee that supports the education of children, there are resources in this toolkit to support and inspire you.
Resources are organized by topic, indicated on the tabs below. Each resource has a color code indicating which staff level it most applies to.
teachers, paras, etc.
principals, staff trainers, etc.
district-wide decision makers
Current, research-based frameworks on effective family engagement models.
This framework model applies research-based guiding concepts for effective family engagement.
Presents the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 2)
Equity focused family engagement framework and resources (Carnegie Corporation-commissioned report, June 2021).
Strengthening Partnerships: A Framework for Prenatal through Young Adulthood Family Engagement in Massachusetts (by Massachusetts SFEC)
Applicable to school systems in other U.S. states.
Reframing Family, School, and Community Engagement-A communications toolkit (by The FrameWorks Institute and NAFSCE)
Resources to change the public narrative around family, school, and community engagement.
Guiding questions and activities to rebuild trust in light of Covid-19 and social unrest.
Research-based strategies and action plans for implementing a family engagement framework/plan.
Action plan providing starting point for school leaders who want to strengthen their family engagement efforts.
Family Engagement Digital Playbook (by Kentucky Collaborative for Families and School-The Prichard Committee)
Interactive playbook/action plan with: grab and go templates, online training, and more. Relevant to schools in the U.S.
Collaborating to transform and improve education systems: a playbook for family-school engagement. (by Brookings Institute)
Complete action plan/playbook that provides evidence-based strategies and hands-on tools to improve family engagement. Applicable for school system leaders, teacher organizations, community partners.
Enhancing Family School Collaboration with Diverse Families (by Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
Provides key strategies for promoting equity in family-school partnerships. Written for school leaders.
Planning for Family Engagement in the Charter School Life Cycle: A Toolkit for School Leaders (by National Charter School Resource Center)
Applicable to any school. This report details how family engagement strategies can influence the core work of charter schools.
Strategy Finder to improve family engagement and transform education systems (by Brookings Institute)
This interactive database features more than 60 actionable strategies to use for family engagement.
The School Leader Tool: Building Your School Wide Approach to Family Engagement (by Flamboyan Foundation).
Outcomes-focused approach for family engagement and rubric.
Resources to enhance family-school and teacher-family communication.
Document which provides best practices in family-school communication.
Free communication and translation app for teachers to build capacity in families in under-resourced, multilingual communities.
Family Engagement Digital Playbook-Communications section (by Kentucky Collaborative for Families and School-The Prichard Committee)
Multiple resources to enhance family-school and family-teacher communication.
FASTalk is a family engagement text messaging tool with built-in translation into 100+ languages.
Resources for building positive family-school and/or teacher-family relationships.
Actionable steps and checklists for administrators (and teachers) applicable to back to school.
Articles and resources for building positive relationships with families. Special focus on partnering with culturally diverse families.
Articles, training videos, parent interviews that address building relationships with culturally diverse families.
Companion guide checklist for supporting teachers in their REAL family engagement partnerships.
Best practices, tips, and tools for teachers to maximize academic partnering.
Ready to use Items for personal or group professional development.
Multiple recorded professional development workshops in slideshow format.
Series of free professional learning modules in video format which use the Dual Capacity framework of family engagement.
Series of free professional learning modules in video and podcast formats.
Grab & Go
These items are quick and easy to use right away.
Tool for school leaders to access what they are doing well and what needs to be improved.
Classroom project for students to share with families.
Can be used during in-school or distance learning.
Conference tips that enhance family engagement. Can be downloaded or ordered.
Multiple 5-7 minute videos that present actionable steps in topics of self-care.
A fun game to foster staff conversations about family engagement. Free, downloadable, 15 minute game play.
Applicable to regular ed and special ed.
Hands-on, translated items teachers can use with families from diverse cultures to foster family engagement.
Use these items to search and filter for the precise family engagement resources you want to find.
NAFSCE Searchable Resource Library (from National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement).
Searchable library of over 700 resources compiled by NAFSCE.
Searchable articles by NCFL and other authors/publishers.
Interactive toolkit with hundreds of resources.
We acknowledge the Minnesota educators who gave valuable input during this toolkit’s development.