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School-Wide Family Engagement Rubric

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A robust body of evidence shows that students do better in school and in life when their parents are engaged in their education.  It also shows that schools improve faster when families are engaged.  Furthermore, the largest predictor of whether families are involved at home and at school are the specific school and teacher programs and practices that encourage and guide families’ engagement. Though it is important, family engagement is not always an easy or clear task. Across the country, both principals and teachers rate the biggest challenge of their work – above maintaining discipline, getting sufficient resources, and preparing students for testing – as communicating with and involving parents[1].  But what, exactly, does this communication and involvement look like when it is done effectively?

To help address this challenge, Flamboyan Foundation is offering this School-Wide Family Engagement Rubric.  The purpose of this tool is to:

  • Illustrate what effective family engagement looks like and provide examples in stages of development
  • Help schools focus and prioritize their family engagement efforts
  • Help schools learn and generate new ideas and strategies for family engagement
  • Guide Flamboyan Foundation’s technical assistance and professional development support for schools and school staff

This tool is divided into three main strategy areas that work together to help students and schools be successful.  Within each strategy area are a set of objectives for family engagement, progressing through four stages of development.  Promising practices and strategy ideas are included as examples in various stages of each objective. In addition, Appendix A describes some key levers that schools can use to move through the stages of this rubric. The areas are:

  1. Creating a welcoming and engaging climate with strong relationships and communication between families and school staff
  2. Partnering with families to support student achievement
  3. Investing families in school success

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