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Family Engagement Toolkit

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5 Fa m i l y En g a g e m e n t To o l k i t TOOLKIT OVERVIEW Toolkit Overview This toolkit is organized into several sections that are briefly introduced immediately below. Each one includes key questions for a district family engagement team consider, along with equity questions to help the team apply an equity lens, to dig deeper and strengthen the engagement of all of the diverse groups of families in the district. In addition, each section includes tools to support the work of the district team. An example of each tool filled out with data from a fictitious district is included in appendix C. The tools themselves are available as editable Word versions in the companion document, Family Engagement Tools: Editable Templates; they can be revised as needed to meet the needs of a district. Because context, strengths, and challenges are unique in each district and can change over time, be sure to use current information from your own district in completing the tools. Effective Family Engagement This section includes a description of the two critical dimensions of family engagement: building trusting relationships and connecting to student learning. It describes what educators and families will know and be able to do if these dimensions are strong, and it includes a matrix showing how districts can strengthen activities on these critical dimensions. Laying The Foundation This section addresses the importance of establishing a district-level family engagement team, creating a district vision statement for family engagement, discussing core beliefs, and ensuring that the vision statement and implementation plans for family engagement are reflected in district and school policies and plans. The family engagement coordinator works closely with the team to plan, implement, and evaluate the family engagement work in the district. Even if your district cannot establish this team right away, you can still use the suggestions and tools in the subsequent sections of the toolkit. The toolkit includes icons to identify the critical dimen- sions and important elements in each section: Trusting relationships Connect to learning Key questions Equity questions Tools

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