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Six types of family and community involvement*

 

Volunteering ->
How do educators use families and community members as resources for the classroom?

 

 

How can I promote classroom involvement?

  • Know family goals, values, culture, communication style
  • Promote a range of communication channels
  • Involve family and community in students' learning in school and at home
  • Help parents establish home environments that support students as learners

 

What is happening school-wide?

  • How do we get to know families and communicate with them?
  • Do we have a plan for family and community involvement in student learning?
  • How do we help parents establish home environments that support learning?
  • How do we include parents in school decisions, governance and advocacy regarding attendance, behavior, achievement and equity?
  • How do we collaborate with the community to address school-wide issues and connect families with support programs?

 

<- Learning at Home How do educators help families become involved in their children's learning at home?

 

 

Communicating ->
How do educators get to know families and develop a range of ways to communicate with them?

 

 

<- Decision Making
How do educators include parents in school decisions, governance and advocacy?

 

Parenting ->
How do educators help families establish home environments to support children’s learning?

<- Collaborating with the community
How do educators engage community members as resources for addressing school and family needs?

*Epstein, J.L. (1995). School/family/community partnerships: Caring for the children we share. Phi Delta Kappan, May, 701-712.