Category: News

  • Wisconsin Education Forum, presented by Families & Schools Together

    Catch up on the webinar recording of the Wisconsin Education Forum, presented by Families & Schools Together on Feb. 9, 2021, featuring One City Schools Founder/CEO Kaleem Caire, Omega School Executive Director Oscar Mireles, Latino Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jessica Cavazos, former UW System Associate Vice President – Federal Relations Kristine Andrews, and Madison College […] READ MORE →

  • COVID-19 Update

    To our FAST community: Families & Schools Together (FAST) is diligently monitoring the rapidly changing conditions of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from our international office in Madison, WI. We value the health, safety, and well-being of our children, families, partners, staff, and community, and we understand that many of our partner organizations are […] READ MORE →

  • Families & Schools Together welcomes new Executive Director

    Families & Schools Together, Inc. is extremely pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Toni K. Rivera Joachin. Toni K. Rivera Joachin has over 24 years of non-profit management experience and expertise working with underserved populations, including children and families, and advocating for social justice and self-sufficiency across a variety of non-profit sectors. As a […] READ MORE →

  • Center for the Study of Social Policy: Making the Link (with the Strengthening Families framework)

    The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) featured the FAST® Program in their Making the Link series, connecting the program to the Strengthening Families™ framework. Strengthening Families is a “research-informed approach” that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families by building five protective factors: Parental resilience Social connections Knowledge of parenting […] READ MORE →

  • Principals share parent engagement insights (survey results)

    In the Fall of 2016, Families & Schools Together, Inc. surveyed education leaders—principals and administrators—to learn more about parent engagement efforts at their schools. More than 1,400 principals, vice principals and head teachers completed our survey. All too often, practical tools, knowledge, funding, and best practices about effective partnership with families are difficult to come […] READ MORE →

  • Kansas Reading Roadmap: A statewide initiative to help children succeed by becoming proficient readers partners with FAST

    According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, third grade reading proficiency is crucial for continued academic success and to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The Kansas Reading Roadmap is a statewide project of the Kansas Department for Children and Families working in partnership with the Kansas Department of Education to improve third grade reading scores. The […] READ MORE →

  • Investing in Innovation (i3): $15-million grant project uses FAST as an innovative, targeted strategy for removing key barriers to school turnaround.

    Funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s 2012 Investing in Innovation grant competition, also known as i3, the Investing in Family Engagement Project is part of a national initiative to provide funding to school districts and non-profit organizations to develop new approaches to longstanding challenges in education. Of more than 700 applicants from across the […] READ MORE →