Toolkit: Partnerships
Resources Related to National Network of Partnership Schools (Dr. Joyce Epstein)

Joyce Epstein's Six Types of Involvement: Keys to Successful Partnerships: Parenting, Communicating, Volunteering, Learning at Home, Decision Making and Collaboration with Community. See the graphic on the NNPS website.

Resources From the Harvard Family Research Project

Webinar: Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement. Watch the webinar on YouTube OR watch the webinar via Adobe Connect. See the webinar archive on the National Parental Information and Resource Center website.

Webinar: A New Day: Family, School, and Community Engagement in Education Reform. Watch the webinar on YouTube OR watch the webinar via Adobe Connect. See the webinar archive on the National Parental Information and Resource Center website.

Goal-Building Ideas for School and Family Partnerships

  • Establish an action team for school, family, and community partnerships if your school does not have one. Seek out a diverse group of people, representative of your school, to serve on the team. (See resources for “how to” suggestions.)
  • Commit as a team, and then follow through to meet regularly during the year to refine, sustain and evaluate the plan.
  • As a team, write at least three SMART goals and plans related to school, family, and community partnerships, ensure the plans are carried out, and evaluate their success at the end of the year. Make sure the goals and plans align to school improvement goals.
  • Develop and/or share resources, and/or provide training for parents on parenting skills.
  • Provide regular, clear communication regarding home to school and school to home expectations.
  • Develop consistent and regular opportunities for parents to volunteer in meaningful ways.
  • Provide regular information and resources for parents on how they can help with out-of-school learning and homework.
  • Provide information on, and assist parents in ways they can be active decision-makers in their child’s education.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities for parents.
  • Develop and disseminate lists of other community resources which can support students and families in their education and well-being.
  • Other ideas your team may generate related to putting teams together, formalizing structure and systems around parent and school partnerships, and raising the level of awareness of partnership plans between school, family, and community.

School Action Team Group Activity

  1. Identify one successful family or community involvement activity currently practiced by your school.
  2. Name at least one challenge or obstacle in implementing the activity.
  3. Think of potential solutions to your identified challenge(s).
  4. Considering the challenge(s) and potential solution(s), what steps toward improvement can you take?