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Improving Family Engagement

We define family engagement as the collaboration between families and educators that accelerates student learning. A strong body of research shows that students do better in school and in life when parents and schools are equal partners in a child’s education.

Inspiring Effective Philanthropy

We are paving the way for innovation in strategic philanthropy. We partner with committed people in government, business, foundations, and nonprofits to increase effective giving to education and results-driven philanthropy.

Promoting Great Teaching

We listen to and learn from committed teachers with a focus on improving reading by third grade, and partner with promising schools to understand how they support teaching reading. We identify great teachers, replicate their work, and celebrate great teaching success.

News & Announcements


From Our Blog

April 16, 2018

Flamboyan Hires Patience Peabody as Senior Managing Director of Communications

Flamboyan Foundation has hired Patience Peabody as senior managing director of communications.

March 22, 2018

Flamboyan Foundation Seeks School Applicants for Family Engagement Partnership

Flamboyan Foundation is accepting applications from DCPS and DC Charter elementary, middle, and education campus schools for the Family Engagement Partnership.

January 31, 2018

Flamboyan Funds Parent Teacher Home Visit Study that Ties Home Visits to Reduced Implicit Bias

A new study funded in part by Flamboyan Foundation, commissioned by the Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV), and led by RTI International, suggests home visits decrease implicit bias among educators.

January 25, 2018

Five Teams Join the Second National Family Engagement Fellowship

In March, Flamboyan Foundation will launch the second cohort of the National Family Engagement Fellowship. With five teams from across the country, fellows are representing Atlanta, Dallas, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Utah.

November 15, 2017

Flamboyan Foundation Response to Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million U.S. citizens, is in the midst of the greatest humanitarian crisis the island has ever experienced. As one of the worst storms in the U.S. history, Hurricane Maria’s financial toll is approaching $100 billion. But the personal cost for the island’s people defies measurement.

November 7, 2017

Flamboyan Foundation Hires Managing Director of Relief Efforts

Flamboyan Foundation has hired Jaime Farrant as managing director of hurricane relief efforts effective November 2017.

November 1, 2017

Flamboyan Announces Search for Second Cohort of the National Family Engagement Fellowship

Flamboyan Foundation invites diverse and collaborative teams to apply for the second cohort of the National Family Engagement Fellowship. Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, December 15th, 2017.

October 31, 2017

Flamboyan Foundation Hires New Talent and Equity Leader

Flamboyan Foundation has hired Alicia Robinson as senior managing director of talent and equity effective January 1, 2018.

July 6, 2017

Flamboyan Leads a Presentation on Family Listening Sessions at the 8th Annual DC Data Summit

On July 13, Flamboyan Foundation will thought-partner with over 200 participants and experts at the 8th Annual DC Data Summit hosted by Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS).

June 21, 2017

Flamboyan Unveils Learnings from the National Fellowship at National Family and Community Engagement Conference in San Francisco

Flamboyan Foundation will join more than 1200 top-level leaders and experts at the Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) National Family and Community Engagement Conference this week.

June 1, 2017

Flamboyan Names Six D.C. Middle Schools as New Partners in the Middle School Family Engagement Partnership

Flamboyan Foundation is kicking off the end of the school year alongside Kramer Middle School, Sousa Middle School, Takoma Education Campus, KIPP DC Northeast Academy, KIPP DC Valor, and DC Scholars, the six secondary schools joining the Middle School Family Engagement Partnership (MSFEP).

February 13, 2017

FEP Schools, Leaders, and Teachers Named Standing Ovation Winners

Eight schools in the Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) are represented in the 2017 Standing Ovation Awards for their dedication and excellence.

December 20, 2016

Nuevo perfil de organizaciones comunitarias en Puerto Rico

Descubre aquí lo que reveló un análisis de la labor que realizan alrededor de 4,500 organizaciones comunitarias de impacto social y económico (OCISE). El estudio que preparó la Fundación Estudios Técnicos incluye respuestas a las siguientes preguntas…

November 15, 2016

National Family Engagement Fellows Present In-Depth Landscape Assessments at Denver Convening

Flamboyan Foundation’s inaugural National Family Engagement Fellowship participants have been working in five jurisdictions across the country to identify the evolving barriers that hinder effective family engagement practices. Over the past two months, they conducted landscape assessments to deeply understand the context that will inform the design of the unique family engagement intervention that each cohort will pilot.

October 26, 2016

Charter Schools in Flamboyan’s Family Engagement Partnership Named ‘Top-performing’ by the D.C. Public Charter School Board

Out of 13 public charter schools that Flamboyan supports, more than half were ranked ‘Tier 1’ and named ‘top-performing’ by the D.C. Public Charter School Board. Flamboyan joins in congratulating these Tier 1 schools, and recognizes the commitment they’ve made to partner with families and impact student academic achievement.

September 13, 2016

Flamboyan Launches Inaugural National Family Engagement Fellowship

During Flamboyan Foundation’s inaugural National Family Engagement Fellowship convening this month, a cohort of 19 newly announced Fellows from Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Tennessee will come together in a learning community to build knowledge and skills, particularly around family engagement planning.

February 8, 2016

We're Recruiting Flamboyan Trainers!

Flamboyan Foundation is excited to announce we are recruiting Flamboyan trainers! In the role of “Flamboyan trainer,” teachers share their family engagement experiences and facilitate family engagement trainings.

October 5, 2015

New Study Links Flamboyan’s Family Engagement With Improved Reading Comprehension and Attendance

The study, by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, covered 12 D.C. public elementary schools and more than 4,000 students in the 2013-2014 school year. It found that students whose families received a home visit, one of the core strategies in the FEP, had 24 percent fewer absences and were more likely to read at or above grade level compared to similar students who did not receive a home visit.

April 19, 2018

Five Ways to Master Family Engagement this Spring

Like any season in the school year, Spring is an interesting time for teachers to reflect on their family engagement strategies.

September 18, 2017

Educators from Korea Learn How Family Engagement Impacts Students and Families in Washington, D.C.

Bancroft Elementary School recently welcomed a delegation of educators from Korea exploring family engagement practices taking place in Washington, D.C.

August 21, 2017

Starting the School Year With High Expectations

Welcome back to school! At Flamboyan, we believe it is important to start with the end in mind.

July 6, 2017

Most Families Say Ongoing Communication Supports Student Learning

It’s not a surprise that families say that ongoing, consistent communication with them is key to supporting student success.

April 27, 2017

An Open Letter to Special Education Teachers About the Transformational Power of Family Engagement

Special education students have unique needs and authentic parent-teacher partnerships ensure they have positive learning experiences.

April 12, 2017

Engaging Families of Children with Autism: Here’s How One Team Allows Parent Voice to Guide Them

Anne Beers Elementary School has been in the Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) since 2012 and practices effective family engagement strategies that provide opportunities for families and teachers to partner so special education students have positive and effective learning experiences.

April 4, 2017

School Partnerships Coach and Former SpEd Teacher Offers Six Insights for Educators Engaging Families of Special Education Students

With a solid background in special education, this Autism Awareness Month John LaRue, School Partnerships Coach, explores six effective ways special education teachers can better engage families and support students to meet goals outlined in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

March 23, 2017

DC Bilingual Extends Opportunities for Families Through Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTCs)

This week, we’ll take a look at how our partner school DC Bilingual is innovating around one of the most well-known family engagement practices in schools: Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTCs).

March 16, 2017

PRIDE in SLCs: Behind the Scenes with Jefferson Academy in D.C.

With this photo essay, we go behind the scenes at Jefferson Academy to share the impact of Student-Led Conferences (SLCs).

March 10, 2017

Up Close: Supporting the Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT) Model

This week, we’ll begin to dive into the way our family engagement framework actually lives out in the work we do across the academic continuum, and specifically how we support the implementation of the Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT) meeting model in our Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) schools.

March 3, 2017

In the News: 2/27-3/3

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

March 2, 2017

Setting the Stage for Effective Family Engagement

Flamboyan defines effective family engagement as the partnership between educators and families that improves student outcomes.

February 24, 2017

In the News: 2/20-2/24

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

February 17, 2017

In the News: 2/13-2/17

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

February 10, 2017

In the News: 2/6-2/10

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

February 7, 2017

Aspiring Principals Learn from FEP School Leaders Who Validate the Importance of Family Engagement

Principals from three of our Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) schools led a panel discussion exploring the benefits and impact of implementing effective family engagement strategies in their school community and culture.

February 3, 2017

In the News: 1/30-2/3

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

January 27, 2017

In the News: 1/23-1/27

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

January 13, 2017

In the News: 1/9-1/13

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

January 6, 2017

In the News: 1/2-1/6

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

December 20, 2016

Highlights of Flamboyan’s ‘BIG WINS’ in 2016

With a number of family engagement successes to date, here is a snapshot of the top ten achievements we are proud of from 2016.

December 19, 2016

In-Depth Family Interviews Shed Light on Effective Family Engagement

In this post, the Data and Evaluation team gives an overview of the findings and shares how authentic responses from families give us the foundation we need to ensure our family engagement practices efficiently benefit student learning and success.

December 16, 2016

In the News: 12/12-12/16

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

December 9, 2016

In the News: 12/5-12/9

Here’s a snapshot of this week’s family engagement news.

December 5, 2016

In-Depth Family Interviews Shed Light on Effective Family Engagement

In this two-part blog series, we invite you to go “Behind the Scenes” with the Flamboyan Data and Evaluation Team to learn about the process and surface-level findings of in-depth interviews with families that shed light on effective family engagement.

November 30, 2016

A Teacher Opens Up About the Power of Goal-Setting Parent Teacher Conferences

In this guest blog post, Rebecca Oppenheim, Special Education Teacher at C.W. Harris Elementary School, sheds light on the power of goal-setting Parent Teacher Conferences.

November 23, 2016

Families Play Age-Appropriate Roles as Students Navigate Elementary, Middle, and High School

As the nation celebrates Thanksgiving, we thank schools, school leaders, and educators for their commitment to family engagement and for supporting families to play age-appropriate roles.

November 21, 2016

Denver Fellow Reflects on Second Convening and Power of Community Involvement

Landon Mascareñaz, a participant in the National Family Engagement Fellowship, recaps the Denver convening and shares how the Fellowship provides a learning experience for all participants to further the scope of family engagement work in their communities.

October 24, 2016

National Principals Month: FEP School Leader Talks Effective Family Engagement

During National Principals Month, Flamboyan Foundation is taking a moment to acknowledge some of the principals and school leaders who have partnered with us to lead the charge in family engagement.

September 26, 2016

Collaborative Opportunities Inspire Family Engagement Fellows to Move Work Forward

After bringing together five states leading the charge in family engagement across the country, participants of Flamboyan Foundation’s inaugural National Family Engagement Fellowship look forward to having an opportunity to collaborate and come together in a space where they will thought-partner about lessons learned and high-impact strategies.

March 15, 2016

Putting a Spin on Parent Teacher Conferences — Spotlight on KIPP DC: Grow Academy Teachers

A group of participants in our Charter Teacher Family Engagement PLC found an innovative way to engage families by putting a different spin on the typical Parent Teacher Conference.

March 3, 2016

Read Principal Hairston's Standing Ovation Acceptance Speech

C.W. Harris Elementary School Principal, Heather Hairston, accepts the Excellence in Family Engagement Award on behalf of her school at the 2016 Standing Ovation Awards Ceremony.

March 1, 2016

Family Engagement Finds a Place in Existing School Structures

Kelly Miller Middle School has chosen to incorporate family engagement into their grade level meetings — a simple strategy that is having a big impact.

December 11, 2015

Flamboyan Congratulates Standing Ovation Winners

Flamboyan Foundation proudly congratulates the partner schools and educators that will be honored with Standing Ovation awards for their tireless contributions to quality education in D.C. Public Schools.

November 12, 2015

Celebrating A Home Visit Milestone

All kids are worthy. That’s what the teachers of Truesdell Education Campus in Washington, D.C. decided in the summer of 2015. Unwilling to deny one student a home visit, they set their sights on a goal of 100%. On November 5, 2015, Truesdell Education Campus met its mark: 100% of its student body received a home visit.

October 3, 2015

Flamboyan Releases New JHU Evaluation of Family Engagement Partnership

A new study links improvements in the performance of D.C. public elementary school students with Flamboyan Foundation’s Family Engagement Partnership, or FEP, where teachers and school leaders are trained and supported to build trusting relationships with the families of their students and to partner with families to support their children’s academic success.

September 18, 2015

Flamboyan Awarded SOAR Grant to Support Family Engagement Work

Flamboyan Foundation has been awarded a new grant to support its family engagement work in seven D.C. public charter schools.