Schools developing and supporting meaningful family engagement is critical for the academic, social and well -being of children and youth as they move through their school career. Both families and districts can enhance learning for students by actively partnering together. There are many recommended models and frameworks to assist in partnering with families.
Joyce Epstein’s Model for Parent Involvement provides a general framework that includes six (6) areas:
-Parenting: Assist families with parenting skills, family support, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions to support learning at each age and grade level.
-Communicating: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress. Create two -way communication channels between home and school.
-Volunteering: Improve recruitment, training, activities and schedules to involve families as volunteers and as audiences at the school or in other locations.
-Learning at Home: Involve families with their children in academic learning at home, including homework, goal setting, and other curriculum related activities.
-Decision Making: Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy activities through school councils or improvement teams, committees, and parent organizations.
-Collaborating with the Community: Coordinate resources and services for families, students and the school with community groups, including business, agencies, cultural and civic organizations, and colleges or universities.