School-Family-Community Partnerships

Related Resources

How Welcoming is Your School?  The Connecticut Welcoming Schools Initiative. Educators understand more than ever that the key to engaging parents is to make their schools feel “like family.” Schools that extend a genuine welcome to parents have stronger partners in the education process. The CT Welcoming Schools Initiative was created to improve family involvement in schools and after-school programs.

The Welcoming Schools tool is designed to allow schools to assess their “family friendly” practices. This tool gives school leaders the opportunity to evaluate how inviting their school appears to the parents and community of the school.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education developed by the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Pacific (REL Pacific). The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education is designed to guide school staff in strengthening partnerships with families and community members to support student learning. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

Video for School Secretaries - Building Strong Partnerships with Families

This short video was created by parent leaders from Highline Public Schools (WA) as a training tool for school-based secretaries. It covers the importance of welcoming and greeting parents, making eye contact, and providing language access. In this video, real parents talk about how the welcoming climate in their children's school affects their decision whether to visit and be engaged.

Free Family Engagement Survey Tool

The Family-School Relationships Survey was developed to provide schools with a clear picture of family attitudes about an array of topics. The free K-12 survey tool covers topics like parent engagement, parent support, school climate, and parent efficacy. It was developed by Harvard Graduate School of Education in partnerships with Panorama Ed and is available in 11 languages. Districts may use Panorama's platform to administer the survey and interpret results.