Top Six Resources for Engaging Families and Community

In an equitable, multi-level system of supports, families and communities are active partners and key collaborators in achieving success for every learner. 


Defining elements of family and community engagement:

  • Create a welcoming environment
  • Be respectful of families’ home cultures, values, and languages
  • Recognize families as first teachers of, and foremost experts on, their child
  • Include families as meaningful participants in school-level decision making
  • Seek out family perspectives through two-way communication, especially from underserved populations
  • Authentically partner to find solutions and make decisions that impact the child’s learning
  • Empower families through respectful relationships, information and resources, and by connecting families with community assets
  • Beyond the limits of the school day and school year, collaborate with community agencies to create more comprehensive and accessible supports for learners and families
  • Build cultural and linguistic bridges between families and the system


Six resources for engaging with families and your community:

  1. Webpage: Wisconsin RtI Center Family Engagement
  2. Carnegie Report: Engaging Families to Transform Education
  3. Windshield Survey: Know the Communities
  4. How To (for parents): Rock Your Parent-Teacher Conference
  5. PDF: Aligning and Integrating Family Engagement in PBIS
  6. Videos: Department of Public Instruction: Family and Community Engagement



Encouraging Family Engagement in Secondary Schools

"When a school makes the decision to actively engage its diverse community of families, the benefits far outweigh the effort." Check out these Eight Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools.  



School Success Story Snapshot: Northside Elementary

See how Northside Elementary, Sun Prairie School District, engages all learners by validating, affirming, building, and bridging home-school-community connections via their success story snapshot.



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