National Policy Forum for Family, School, and Community Engagement

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Authors: U.S. Department of Education, National PIRC Coordination Center, Lacy Wood (editor), Brian Litke (programmer)

Price: Available free online
• Published: 2010   

Available online: multimedia

The U.S. Department of Education convened this forum on November 9, 2010 to provide an opportunity for stakeholders representing families, communities, federal agencies, government, philanthropy, practitioners at all levels of the educational system, and support organizations to develop a policy strategy that fosters systemic, integrated, and sustained family and community engagement that connects to student learning. Effective family and community engagement emphasizes shared responsibility and opportunities to support children’s learning from cradle to career in the home, school, and community. This forum will help inform new directions for policies and identify federal, state, and local strategies that can drive these opportunities.

Our panelists explored family and community research, showcased promising examples, and assessed opportunities to integrate and sustain family and community engagement across education reform priorities by addressing the following questions:

  • What does family and community engagement look like in a new era of education reform?
  • How can federal, state, and local stakeholders leverage existing and emerging legislation and programs to create systemic family engagement?
  • How can educators and other stakeholders use student performance data to connect families and schools in meaningful ways?
  • What are the opportunities for engaging families in transforming low-performing schools?
  • What ideas and strategies will we carry forward to build a national strategy for family, school, and community engagement?

Please review the sample video clips below, or click here for forum highlights and all video clips.

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