Strong family engagement creates strong academics.
Research continues to show that schools with intentional family engagement programs have stronger academic and attendance results, as well as better job satisfaction for educators. In addition, creating a family-teacher partnership allows the school and community connection to thrive.
Below you will find resources for educators focused on Family Engagement best practices. Topics are divided by general grade levels, with an overall focus on supporting children and their families, from “cradle to career.”
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Esta guía se hizo para ayudar a las familias a comprender los estándares académicos de Kentucky y para mostrar el aprendizaje que los niños alcanzarán al terminar el jardín de niños. https://education.ky.gov/curriculum/standards/kyacadstand/Documents/Kindergarten_KAS_Family_Guide_Spanish.pdf
The Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) is a continuum of engagement and leadership development for families, schools and communities to increase academic success of Kentucky students and progress of Kentucky’s public schools. Powerful partnerships are achieved, when active champions for education honor and recognize the connection between families and schools, as a core strategy for improving student academic achievement. Find more information about how to become engaged here: http://groundswell.prichardcommittee.org/cipl-fellowship/
The Prichard Committee studies educational issues and engages citizens, business leaders, families, students and policy makers about best practices in education. The are committed to equity for students of all backgrounds to ensure that students in the groups that have had less opportunity to excel catch up with their peers. https://www.prichardcommittee.org/mission-vision-values/
https://www.commonsense.org/education/spanish-resourcesTo ensure that all your students have the opportunity to build critical 21st-century skills, check out the Spanish resources available from Common Sense Education. Find Spanish-language videos, lesson activities, family tips, and more to use in the classroom or send home.
A research based framework for how to engage families and encourage school/family partnerships.https://www.dualcapacity.org/
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development/family-engagement