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What We Believe Helps Families and Children Succeed. Title I Summit June 19, 2014. Familieslearning.org. Do Y ou Believe?. Effective family engagement begins with a set of beliefs: All parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them

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do y ou believe
Do You Believe?
  • Effective family engagement begins with a set of beliefs:
    • All parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them
    • All parents have the capacity to support their children’s learning
    • Parents and school staff should be equal partners
    • The responsibility for building partnerships between school and home rests primarily with school staff, especially school leaders.
  • Organizations serving families must build trust and mutual understanding

(Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, and Davies, 2007)

we believe
We believe…

all parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them.

  • Family unit is the building block of society
  • Convergence around intergenerational learning in response to:
    • American students ranked 36th in overall academic achievement (PISA, 2012)
    • Many adults fail to reach their full potential compared to other countries (Perez-Pena, 2013)
we believe1
We believe…

all parents have the capacity to support their children’s learning.

  • Focus on building executive function, self-regulation, and other college and career readiness skills for young people and their caregivers depends on effective family engagement practices
  • This results in generational (unlimited) change
building family capacity
Building Family Capacity

(Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, and Davies, 2007 ; Epstein, 2001; PTA, 2009)

Varying family capacity should not be recognized through a deficit lens, but rather as unrealized potential.

we believe2
We believe…

parents and school staff should be equal partners.

  • Creating a partnership with family members
  • Focusing on student achievement
partnering with families
Partnering with Families

(Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, & Davies, 2007; Epstein, 2001; PTA, 2009)

There are more opportunities to engage in family learning in both online and offline environments today than ever before.

we believe3
We believe…

the responsibility for building partnerships between school and home rests primarily with school staff, especially school leaders.

Think of strategies you have used to engage family members.

Which of these positively impacted your students’ learning? Why?

family workshops
Family Workshops
  • What is my purpose and topic?
  • What are my goals?
    • For parents?
    • For students?
  • What resources, materials and supplies do I need?
we believe4
We believe…

organizations serving families must build trust and mutual understanding.

  • Increased student achievement
  • Improved self-efficacy
  • Increased graduation rates
  • Low income and minority students benefit disproportionately from family engagement
  • More efficient use of teacher time in the classroom
effective family engagement in action
Effective Family Engagement in Action

Springdale Public Schools, Springdale, Arkansas

Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida

springdale public schools
Springdale Public Schools
  • District of 21,000 students
  • Major family engagement efforts:
    • Toyota Family Literacy Program grant in 2008
    • $26 million SPS Race to the Top District Grant 2013
    • Focus on “developing parents as partners in the educational process”
sps strategies
SPS: Strategies

Four component family literacy programs in 18 sites

Student-led conferencing

Parent information nights

College and career readiness seminars for families

Parent leadership opportunities

sps outcomes
SPS: Outcomes

Percentage of ELL students proficient in English increased

Increased self-efficacy among parents

Increased parent attendance at parent events

Increased adult literacy rates

Percentage of parents reading to their children 4 times a week increased by 39%, 5 times a week increased by 42%

orange county and city year
Orange County and City Year
  • Orange County Public Schools is a district of over 175,000 students
  • Major family engagement efforts:
    • Public/private partnership with City Year Orlando
    • Fight the national dropout crisis
    • Emphasis on building trust with families
orange county strategies
Orange County: Strategies

Phone calls home to families to celebrate success AND to share challenges (attendance, behavior, academics)

Active participation in parent teacher conferences

Purposeful relationship-building activities with students during the school day

Participation in school advisory committees

Participation in family engagement nights

orange county outcomes
Orange County: Outcomes

Early anecdotal evidence of success included numerous parent and teacher testimonials

One mother reported that her children have improved their grades from D’s to B’s this year as a result of the project

Positive phone calls home and constant communications with parents were often cited as the primary reasons for success

OCPS and City Year look forward to more quantitative success as the year continues

we believe5
We believe…

Indiana educators have the knowledge, skills, and resources to engage families so that all children succeed.


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Henderson, A. T., Mapp, K. L., Johnson, V. R., & Davies, D. (2007). Beyond the bake sale: The essential guide to family-school partnerships. New York: The New Press.

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OECD. (2013). PISA 2012 results in focus: What 15-year-olds know and what they can do with what they know. Retrieved from: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012results-overview.pdf

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PTA. (2009). PTA national standards for family-school partnerships: An implementation guide.Retrieved from http://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?itemnumber=1804.

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