Family Engagement Toolkit Overview

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A set of family engagement materials was developed by BUILD. These materials enable schools and teachers to construct, develop and maintain improved and closer communication between teachers and parents of K-3 children covered by the Enhanced Assessment. These documents were developed under a grant from the U. S. Department of Education. However the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department and you should not assume endorsement by the U. S. Federal Government, the North Carolina state government or the North Carolina State Board of Education.

There are four components within the toolkit; Equity and Access, Shared Decision Making, Two-Way Communication, and Sustainability.  The four components breakdown across teachers, district leaders, principals and families. They also provide an understanding of the rationale for the toolkit and an overview of the content.

Introduction and Content Overview

Family Engagement Resources

Equity and Access

Equity and Access

District Leaders

The District Leaders-Emphasizing Equity and Access through Two Way Communication resource is designed for district leaders to reflect on the current structures that are in place to ensure all families are effectively reached and supported by the school community.

Families

The Families-Construct Guidance is designed to provide families with equitable access to activities and resources that will assist them in supporting their child's development.

Families share the power they have in their child's growth and development, to learn more about this read, Families-Your Family has a Voice.

Your Family is Extraordinary and can support your child in the formative assessment process.

Principals

Principals-Engaging All Families in Student Learning is a self-paced guide for principals to use to gain a deeper understanding of what can be done to increase equity and access for families in the formative assessment process.

Teachers

Relationships between teachers and families is an important part of the formative assessment process. Teachers-Families' Strengths-PowerPoint Presentation is a self-paced guide for teachers to use for deepening their knowledge and understanding of each family's culture, leading to more equitable teaching practices.

Shared Decisions

Shared Decisions

District Leaders

The resource, District Leaders-Peer to Peer Family Network, is for district leaders to develop policies that support the implementation of the family engagement strategies. It is to be paired with the Peer to Peer Family Networks PowerPoint presentation. The Peer-to-Peer Family Networks PowerPoint presentation is designed for district leaders to facilitate with principals and for principals to use with teachers to introduce them to the definition and importance of peer social networks. In addition, it introduces relationships as a strategy for increasing family capacity in shared decision-making around the formative assessment process.

Including families in decision-making is a key foundational element of family engagement. The Working with Families on Advisory Bodies resource is designed for district leaders to plan and implement a strategy for creating family advisory teams for the school district.

Families

Conversations between families and teachers are an important component of a child's learning and developmental progress. This template, Conversations Between Families and Teachers, is designed to plan guide families in having positive conversations with teachers about children’s growth and development. Another resource, 10 Terms to Know, is designed for families to gain knowledge about the formative assessment so they can support teachers in making decisions about their child.

Principals

Building Powerful Partnerships between Families and Teachers for Use with Families is an excellent resource designed for principals to facilitate with families to focus on and discuss the concept and practice of shared decision-making

Teachers

Conversations between teachers and families should include data, the resource Conversation to Share Data with Families can be used by teachers to guide discussions that include formative assessment data, set goals, and plan for achieving those goals. To prepare for questions and discussion around the formative assessment process with families the resource, Formative Assessment Talking Points and Frequently Asked Questions, can be used. 

Two-Way Communication

Two-Way Communication

District Leaders

The resource, District-wide Strategies, is designed to assist district leaders in developing equitable policies for communicating with families about the formative assessment process. Another resource, Supporting Two-Way Communication, is a strategy that district leaders can use as they develop policies at the District level, as well as to support efforts to interact directly with families. District leaders can use two-way communication to learn about families’ experiences in being engaged in the process of supporting their child in the formative assessment process and to surface the cultural considerations necessary for effective communication.

Families

All About Me Books can be used by families to communicate their child’s strengths to their child’s teacher.

Principals

Principals often review and reflect on implementing two-way communication with families. The resource, Creating a Culture of Two-Way Communication, includes research-based information, a discussion template, and a self-assessment tool for principals to utilize alone or with colleagues. In order to maintain effective communication with families principals must first learn about their families and the community. This resource is designed for principals to reflect on strategies to engage and learn about families in the school community.

Teachers

This resource is designed for teachers to work with families on developing All About Me Books with their children. The teacher can distribute the graphic to families to fill out with their children, and use the planning section to determine how the information from the books will be used in the classroom.

Communication and language between teachers and families can have an impact. Communication and Language is designed for teachers to read and reflect on how communication and language impact relationships with families.

Home visits can be used to build relationships and trust with families. This resource includes readings, templates, and Questions and Answers that support teachers in planning for home visits.

Sustainability

Sustainability

District Leaders

Social media can be an effective avenue to share information and build ongoing relationships with key stakeholders. This resource provides tips for district leaders on emphasizing the importance of family engagement as districts implement the formative assessment process.

Families

child portfolio is a visual way of celebrating your child’s unique abilities and progress. This resource is for families to implement with their children during the school year and summer break. It provides guidance for implementing activities in order to collect data and document progress to include in a portfolio that can be used as each child progresses to the next grade or transitions to a new school.

Principals

By understanding a teacher’s competency with formative assessment and engaging families in the process, principals can play an important role in designing professional learning opportunities to support teachers’ work with families. This resource can be used by principals to assess teachers’ professional learning needs related to family engagement in the formative assessment process. It can be used as a self-assessment tool, supervision tool, or both.

Teachers

The Teacher Reflection Guide is designed to help teachers reflect in the community on their implementation of the resources in Two-Way Communication, Shared Decision-Making and Equity and Access. Teachers can use this resource to sustain their efforts in engaging families in the formative assessment process.