The U.S. Government Is Focused on Family Engagement: Is Your School?

Exciting news: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the upcoming release of the U.S. Department of Education’s Family and Community Engagement Framework.

“The new framework supports families, schools, districts, and states in building capacity for  student achievement and school improvement,” Duncan notes. “When parents are involved in the educational process of their children, students are more likely to attend school regularly, to take more rigorous courses, earn higher grades, and graduate and go on to both college and careers,” he says.

Increase School Communication ~~> Increase Student Achievement

If increased parent engagement is linked to increased student achievement and increased parent-teacher communication links to increased parent engagement then tools like MemberHub can be linked to student achievement! And that’s exactly what we’re trying to do here. We need to prove that effective school communication can help us raise achievers! We’re on it! Want to join us?

So, What is This Framework?

The Dual Capacity-Building Framework, a process used to teach school and district staff to effectively engage parents, and for parents to work successfully with the schools to increase student achievement, provides a model that schools and districts can use to build the type of effective community engagement that will make schools the center of our communities.

The government says that staff prepared to engage in partnerships with families can:

  • Honor and recognize families’ existing knowledge, skill, and forms of engagement
  • Create and sustain school and district cultures that welcome, invite, and promote family engagement and development
  • Develop and connect all family engagement initiatives to student learning

And families, regardless of their race/ethnicity, educational background, gender, disability or socioeconomic status, who are prepared to engage in partnerships with school and districts can engage in such diverse roles as:

  • Supporters of their children’s learning and development
  • Encouragers of an achievement identity, a positive self-image, and a “can do” spirit in their children
  • Monitors of their children’s time, behavior, boundaries and resources
  • Models of lifelong learning and enthusiasm for education
  • Advocates/activists for improved learning opportunities for their children and at their schools
  • Decision-makers/choosers of educational options for their children, the school, and community
  • Collaborators with school staff and members of the community on issues of school improvement and reform

Great stuff all around! Glad to hear the federal government recognizes just how important parent engagement is to the education of our kids.

Check out the info on the government’s new engagement initiative (it’s kind of confusing if you ask me), and stay tuned here for more details as the program unfolds.

Also, click here to download your copy of our exclusive free eBook, 9 Effective Strategies for Parent Engagement at Your School.