Parent Involvement

How to Find Community-Based Organizations: Start with the End Goal in Mind

The first two blog posts of this seven-part series – Connecting Families and Resources: The Important Role of Community Partners on the FAST Team and Partnering with Local Community-Based Organizations is Key to FAST Implementations, discussed how a relationship with a community…


Measuring the Effectiveness of Parent Engagement Initiatives

It’s the start of a new year, and many of us are in the mindset of evaluating where we are and setting goals to work toward. As you consider your school’s parent engagement initiatives, you may also be thinking about…


How to Capture the Effects of Parent Engagement for Funders

One of the most important parts of a grant proposal is the outcomes section. The outcomes you outline in a proposal must be specific, measurable and attainable. That being said, talking about the effects of parent engagement can be difficult,…


It Takes a Village: Parent Engagement in Non-School Settings

Most conversations about parent engagement focus on schools, but there’s recognition that schools can only do so much. Family involvement in non-school settings, such as early childhood programs, after school activities and within communities, increase a child’s chance at success.…


Locating Quality Research about Parent Engagement

Type “parent engagement” in an internet search engine and you’ll receive more than 3.6 million results. The amount of information on the topic is overwhelming and you might find some recommendations that are not based on best practices. How do…


Expanding Parent Engagement to Include Culturally Diverse Families

Reflecting the changing demographics of the United States, students in our schools are more diverse than ever. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, from 1993-2003, minorities increased as a percentage of total public school enrollment, from…


Building Relationships with Families through Home Visits

Communicating with families can be challenging, because both educators and parents are juggling multiple priorities and demands on their time. As a result, home-school communication is often limited to messages about what’s being taught in the classroom or maybe a…