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The National Education Association and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund convened a group of community based organizations to pool knowledge about best practices in engaging minority parents and communities, including those which are native American, South Asian, Latino/Hispanic, and African American. They identified barriers, such as school officials failing to acknowledge how their assumptions and negative experiences impact interaction with each other; lack of training for parents/families and school staff. In addition, they identified successful strategies such as building a genuine sense of community, improving two-way communication, focusing time and attention on family engagement and providing training to develop parents’ leadership skills.
The Dual Capacity Building framework can be used by states, districts and schools to guide their efforts in creating and sustaining family-school-community partnerships to improve student outcomes. (U.S. Department of Education)
This tool, designed by Family Support, LI, is a research-based tool which can be used by key stakeholders to self-assess how well they’re engaging families and communities. For more information on the tool, contact AZimmerman@Molloy.edu
A tipsheet developed by the National AfterSchool Association on ways to engage families in Out-of-School Time.