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Principals, Partnerships & Data . Title I Network May 8, 2013. Today:. Changing nature of family-school-community partnerships Ideas for how principals can structure partnerships How schools can share data with families. . New Definition of Family Engagement.

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principals partnerships data

Principals, Partnerships & Data

Title I Network May 8, 2013

  • Changing nature of family-school-community partnerships
  • Ideas for how principals can structure partnerships
  • How schools can share data with families.
new definition of family engagement
New Definition of Family Engagement

Family engagement is a shared responsibility of families, schools, and communities for student learning and achievement;

It is continuous from birth to young adulthood; and

It occurs across multiple settings where children learn.

From “Beyond Random Acts” Report;

the change to systemic family engagement
The Change to Systemic Family Engagement

Old Way

New Way

  • Individual responsibility for student learning
  • Deficit-based interactions
  • Add-on programs
  • One-shot projects
  • Compliance-driven engagement

From “Beyond Random Acts” report

  • Shared responsibility for student learning
  • Strength-based interactions
  • Integrated programs
  • Sustained efforts
  • Shared ownership for continuous improvement
principals the bridge between teachers and families
Principals: the bridge between teachers and families

Schools with effective partnerships have principals who prioritize family engagement:

  • Create a structure for family engagement
  • Enact school policy encouraging engagement
  • Practice effective family engagement by
    • Giving teachers time and training to plan and work with families
    • Giving families many opportunities to support children’s learning and connect with school
    • Frequently communicate the importance of family engagement

Fege, 2006:

structuring family engagement into school life
Structuring family engagement into school life
  • Need is clear
  • Desire is there
  • Benefits are clear
  • Difficult to do

Goal of family engagement philosophy:

  • Build capacity of both school and families for partnership
  • Increase connections
  • Boost confidence
  • Improve results for students

Goal-Oriented Partnership Program


writes or approves

School Improvement Plan with Specific Goals

Action Team for

Partnerships Using the Six Types

Goal 1 Academic

Goal 3


Goal 2 Academic

Goal 4 Partnership Climate

Family & Community Involvement Activities





Family & Community Involvement Activities





Family & Community Involvement Activities





Family & Community Involvement Activities





taking the plunge the partnership action team
Taking the Plunge:The Partnership Action Team

Easy because

  • Research-based, proven
  • Parents and teachers have

equal voices

  • Authentic decision making

and review process

Not-so-Easy because

  • Time-consuming
  • Difficult to find parents
  • Staff buy-in required
alternatives to the action team the sprinkler method
Alternatives to the Action Team: The Sprinkler Method

Charge each staff committee with

engaging families

  • Every staff committee must devote meeting time to developing activities that communicate, support, or engage families and the community
  • Spreads effective practices throughout staff and school
  • Piecemeal approach? Who’s in charge of coordinating? Implementing?
  • Staff buy-in required.
alternatives to action team the toe dip
Alternatives to Action Team:The “Toe-Dip”

One Staff Committee with

targeted parent feedback

  • Assign partnerships to one

new or existing committee

  • Requires significant effort to obtain the parent voice
  • Committee’s effort must be communicated/connected to other school efforts
  • Too little impact on too few families?
  • Staff buy-in required.
how can my school get parent feedback
How Can My School Get Parent Feedback?

At Events and Activities:

  • Parent Surveys on-line, at-event,

and telephone

  • Family Night Evaluations
  • Coffee with the Principal
  • School Walk-throughs
  • Neighborhood Walk-throughs
  • Parent group meetings
  • Suggestion Boxes
connecting with families many new tech possibilities
Connecting with Families: Many New Tech Possibilities
  • Webstreamhome-school meetings live from community locations:
  • Twitter parents: school event reminders, good news about child, weekly “PTchat” question
  • Poll Everywhere: instant response from families
  • Skype parent-teacher conferences and student performances for distant family members
  • Online administrator blogs
  • Online school newsletters
  • Teacher websites and Moodle

how can groups at my school get parent feedback
How Can Groups at My School Get Parent Feedback?

With Groups that invite parents:

  • Focus Groups
  • Study circles
  • Book clubs
  • ELL task forces
  • Learning communities
  • PBIS/RtI committees
  • Ad hoc to SIP
  • Title I parent advisory committees
  • Community planning task force
parent leadership roles
Parent Leadership Roles
  • Mentor for Other Parents
  • Co-Trainer
  • Event Organizer
  • Participant in Focus Groups
  • Member of Hiring Committees
  • Participant at Conferences and Working Meetings
  • Participant in Quality Improvement / Evaluation Activities
  • Grant reviewer
  • Contributor to Written and Audiovisual Materials
  • Advocate for Individuals, Families and / or Programs
  • Translator of materials or interpreter for families
  • Task Force, Advisory Board, or Steering Committee Member
parent teacher action research
Parent-Teacher Action Research

Investigates a question important to school community (p 196, Beyond the Bake Sale):

  • Form a team and choose a facilitator
  • Determine parents’ priorities and interests by conducting surveys, interviews
  • Decide on plan of action for further study
  • Compile and communicate results
  • Decide on next steps for school, community

See: How Can Elementary Teachers Collaborate More Effectively with Parents to Support Literacy Learning?

whatever family engagement structure a school decides to use
Whatever family engagement structure a school decides to use

Principals, plan to

  • Know your families: demographics,

funds of knowledge, challenges

  • Aim for staff ownership and buy-in by providing the tools for family engagement
  • Know your school’s learning strengths and gaps
  • Be prepared to share student/school data with families.
know your families
Know Your Families!

Public Agenda study of Kansas City parents found:

  • 31% are Potential Transformers willing to play a bigger role, comfortable taking action, but waiting to be invited.
  • 27% are School Helpers willing to do more to volunteer, help child’s school. They trust staff, but are less drawn to policy or politics.
  • 20% are Help Seekers, worried about their child’s learning, more critical of and more disconnected from schools.

next steps for kansas city lessons for all
Next Steps for Kansas CityLessons for All
  • Parents want to know how be more involved at home in children’s learning
  • Parents want workshops on how to improve students’ habits and schoolwork
  • African American and Hispanic parents preferred face-to-face meetings over e-mails
  • Address parents’ top concerns first: school safety, bullying, quality education opportunities for all children, extra help for those who need it
  • Make schools, staff more welcoming to Help Seekers
why share data with families
Why Share Data with Families?

“Without data, you are just another person with an opinion.” -- The Education Trust

“When the teacher and parent look at a child's work together, the parent is …… learning, analyzing, and seeing the rationale behind the teacher's instructional decisions.”

Sharing Data with Families at Parent-Teacher Conferences

create a data sharing culture in school
Create a Data Sharing Culture in School

Principals can impact staff:

  • Emphasize the importance of sharing data
  • Help staff understand effective data-sharing practices
  • Encourage teachers to share data with families in many ways and keep it updated
  • Allow staff time to share challenges.

Principals can impact families:

  • Orient families to understanding and using data
  • Designate computers at school and in community for parents to use
  • Survey parents about usefulness of data.
wisconsin s data tools
Wisconsin’s Data Tools
  • School Report Cards
  • PALS-K screener
  • MAPS scores
  • WKCE Scores
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • PLAN Test
  • AP results
  • WINSS, soon WISEdash
sharing student data what families want to know
Sharing Student Data:what Families want to know
  • #1: How is my child doing?
  • #2: How can I help my child improve?
  • #3: How is my child’s school doing?
  • Why sharing data is important and valuable
  • Education terms: differential instruction, benchmark, formative, MAPS, Lexile, PALS, etc.
  • Learning benchmarks and goals
  • What reading/math instruction looks like in child’s classroom
  • Specific activities parents can do to meet goals
  • Online resources they can use
  • Who to contact how with concerns
how are parent portals used
How are Parent Portals used?

One study found parents :

  • used the portal to check child’s grades, but not assignment completion or attendance
  • Used the portal more than any other form of home-school communication
  • Felt more engaged when they used the portal
  • Felt it encouraged them to communicate more with child’s teacher
  • Did not understand how to access detailed grade information on the portal
how schools can help families understand school data
How Schools Can Help Families Understand School Data
  • Hold data workshops to explain how data are used to improve achievement
  • Send home rubrics for class projects
  • Display high-quality student work in school and on website to exemplify high standards
  • Include family learning activities in newsletters and hold family literacy/family math nights;
  • Use student achievement data to help families focus on specific grade-level academic goals;
  • Include families on school improvement teams and grade-level planning meetings.
start 2013 13 with a learning goals for families workshop
Start 2013-13 with a Learning Goals for Families Workshop
  • Review your School Report Card
  • Identify School Goals
  • Identify school-wide efforts to achieve goals
  • What are teachers doing to meet goals in classrooms/subject areas?
  • How will child’s progress be communicated to parents?
  • How will school invite feedback from parents about progress and needs?
  • How can parents support child’s learning?
  • How can parents support the school?
examples of effective family school data sharing practices
Examples of Effective family-School Data-Sharing Practices
  • Parent-Teacher Academic Teams Wisconsin RtI Activity:
  • College Readiness Tracker System:
  • Nevada PIRC’s “Parent Basics of Elementary & Secondary” and Road to College courses:
  • “Dust off” School-Parent Compacts (CT):
  • Ohio’s Welcoming Walk-Through Toolkit
new dpi resources for families
New DPI Resources for Families
  • Agenda 2017 Overview, Fact Sheets, and video:
  • School Report Cards and Parent Guide:
  • Common Core State Standards families page:
  • WKCE scoring changes:
  • PALS-K for parents:
  • Family and Community Engagement Toolkit:

resources for implementing a system of family engagement
Resources for Implementing A System of Family Engagement
  • SEDL’s Working Systemically in Action Guide:
  • Beyond Random Acts: Family, School & Community Engagement as an Integral Part of Education Reform:
  • Handbook on Family and Community Engagement:
  • National Network of Partnership Schools website:
data sharing resources
Data-Sharing Resources

Working with Families

Staff Training Resources

  • Tips for Administrators, Teachers, and Families: How to Share Data Effectively:
  • Data Sharing through Parent Portals:
  • Sharing Data with Families at Parent-Teacher Conferences:
  • NEA Power of Family School Community Partnerships:
  • Making Data Work: A Parent and Community Guide