How do we implement family engagement as a single school?

Ask Dr. Joni

In January we asked one question and you answered it. The question we asked was: What are your key questions about creating and implementing successful family engagement programs in your school or district? 

I'd like to spend a bit of time in this newsletter addressing issues you're facing in your schools and districts. 

Collectively, we used to be asking each other why would we do this? Now, we're saying, we get why, now show us how to get it done in tight budgets or in complex districts. 

This is where it gets fun and where we'll start answering your questions in a new feature: Ask Dr. Joni.

You Asked: How and where do we begin family engagement if we are a single school and our school district is not involved in this training?

Answer: We often see a number of schools in this situation. A principal, a group or teachers, or individual parents may know how engaging families in learning would help reach all your goals, but the district is focused elsewhere...

The truth is: You don't need your whole district to make a difference in your school.

Here are a few options for you:

  • Karen Mapp's Online Course from Harvard at Karen Mapp link

  • The National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) can also help at NAFSCE

  • And...