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Family Engagement Toolkit

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13 Fa m i l y En g a g e m e n t To o l k i t LAYING THE FOUNDATION y Review the current district vision statement for family engagement if there is one (see section below on reviewing district and school parent involvement or family engagement policies). y Engage in a facilitated discussion about a new vision statement. Key questions to consider in discussing a vision statement: y When our district has outstanding family engagement that promotes student achievement, what will it look like? y For each stakeholder group (i.e., families, teachers, administrators, students, staff, and community groups), what will they know or be able to do, how will they feel, and what will they be doing? Equity questions to consider in discussing a vision statement: y Will this vision statement resonate with families of all student groups? y Does this vision statement include a potential role for all stakeholders? y Will this vision statement serve as an inspiration for all stakeholders? Tool 2 provides a process for considering the questions above and creating a district vision statement for family engagement. An example of tool 2 that has been filled out using data from a fictitious district is available in appendix C, and the tool itself is available in the companion Word document, Family Engagement Tools: Editable Templates. Review District and School Family Engagement Policies Wrien district and school family engagement policies "establish the agency's expectations and objectives for meaningful parent and family involvement" (ESSA, Section 1116[2]). The policies also describe the way those expectations will be carried out. In other words, policies describe the planned course of action for the district and schools to engage families as partners. These publicly available policies are required for districts and schools receiving Title I funds, and they must address specific components of family engagement. In districts and schools receiving Title I funding, parents of Title I students or other family members must be involved in the development and annual evaluation/revision of the policies. A district may wish to involve the family engagement team in the fulfillment of these responsibilities. Importantly, the team should be familiar with the policies and, in its ongoing work, ensure that the vision statement and plans for family engagement are aligned with, and outlined in, these policies.

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