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DPI Family, School, and Community Partnerships Web Page

This web page contains information on family engagement research, best practices, assessment tools, and strategies to engage families. Links to other websites as well as presentation materials can be found here. This is home to the Wisconsin E-Brief for Partnership Schools.



National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools

Advancing research and improving education is the goal of the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools. Housed at SEDL, this national center disseminates research-based information and resources to foster connections among families, communities, and schools that support school improvement and student learning. Available products include toolkits, an online database of resources, research syntheses and briefs, and webinars.


SEDL: Family and Community

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) has a mission to strengthen the connections among research, policy, and practice in order to improve outcomes for all learners. They are a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization. They offer professional development and technical assistance to support schools, districts, and agencies in engaging families and the community as a school improvement strategy. Visit their site to view online modules, archived webinars, and other resources. 


SEDL: Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community

SEDL’s Working Systemically approach is a process for school improvement—and, ultimately, increased student achievement—that focuses on key components and competencies at all levels of the local educational system. Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community provides best practices, an overview of the Working Systemically approach to school improvement, actions and tools for involving families and community in all phases of the Working Systemically process, examples of how to incorporate family and community engagement into a systemic approach, and research on family and community engagement.  This guide is written for educators, but anyone who supports effective family and community engagement will find it useful.  


The Harvard Family Research Project on Family Involvement

They are committed to meeting the growing demand for information on effective ways to support family involvement in children’s learning and development through research and resources. Learn about the research offered to policymakers and advocates to develop effective policies promoting family engagement and sign up for the Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) newsletter to receive the newest and best family involvement research and resources from the Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. 


360-Degrees of Family Engagement Series

Georgia Department of Education

Based on sound research and collaborative teaming, Georgia developed the 360‐Degrees process to help schools and districts embed family and community engagement activities into their school improvement processes and to capture engagement data as they work to increase success for all students.

Year Published: 2013

Website:  https://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Documents/360%20Handout.pdf

Curriculum Guide:  https://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Documents/360-Degrees%20of%20Family%20Engagement%20Overview.pdf

Measuring Your Family-School-Community Partnerships

This assessment serves as a tool to help schools identify areas of strength and improvement-needed in how they reach out to families.


Classroom Family Engagement Rubric – Flamboyan Foundation

The Classroom Family Engagement Rubric provides teachers with a clear picture of what effective family engagement looks like in the classroom through concrete descriptions of how teachers demonstrate strong family engagement through their conversations and daily practice. From the Flamboyan Foundation and Harvard Family Research Project.


Project Appleseed: National Campaign for Public School Improvement

Project Appleseed provides resources for parents who want to be engaged in their children’s schools and for schools who seek their involvement. They are a nonprofit resource, advocate, and voice for families, in the pursuit of life liberty and happiness, by means of a quality education in America’s public schools. Project Appleseed has three purposes—improvement in learning, wellness, and school facilities.


Parent Friendly Schools – Starting the Conversation

From the Iowa Parent Information Resource Center (www.iowaparents.org).  This resource features five brief checklists for school improvement teams to gauge how their school creates a welcoming climate, links parents to student learning, bridges cultures, supports parents as advocates, and involves parents in decision making.   To help you understand if you are moving toward best practice in parent engagement.  From the book, Beyond the Bake Sale, by Anne Henderson et al. 


Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL) – Family & Community Involvement

This educational site provides information and resources on research, tools, and strategies.  Webinars are available as well as checklists, and guides.  Topics include family and community involvement, attendance, safe schools, common core and much more. 


US Department of Education: Parent and Family Engagement Page:

At this site,  websites, links, and resources are available that will assist in building capacity for parents, families, and communities to fulfill the vision that every parent be a partner in learning and share in the responsibility of their child's education.