Toolkit: Best Practices for Educators

Developing School, Family, and Community Partnerships

Examples of Goal Setting

Dr. Joyce Epstein’s Six Types of Parent Involvement: parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, collaborating with community

Nine Characteristics of High-performing Schools: a clear and shared focus; high standards and expectations for all students; effective school leadership; high levels of collaboration and communication; curriculum, instruction, and assessments aligned with state standards; frequent monitoring of learning and teaching; focused professional development; supportive learning environment; and high levels of family and community interest

School Improvement Goal (SIG) Example: An elementary school improvement goal focusing on reading. Its goal is to increase the percentage of students in grades K-3rd reading scores and assessments.

School Action Team for Family Engagement Goal Examples: The School Action Team chooses to focus on one characteristic of high-performing schools – A Supportive Learning Environment. The School Action Team examples include strategies that involve both school staff and parents. A SMART goal is written, based on one type of parent involvement.

A Supportive Learning Environment

Parenting: Workshop for parents on various ways to read aloud with elementary age children and opportunities for families to give feedback to each other on progress and challenges around this learning.

Communicating: School provides bi-weekly reading goals for their students and uses several communicating strategies to share with parents. Hard copy in Wednesday mail packet, phone calls, and web information.

Volunteering: Parents are invited as guest readers during the school day and at various annual literacy events during the school year.

Learning at Home: Parents are asked to participate in a ‘Family Reading Night’ project at home. Parents keep a record of material being read with or to their children.

Decision-Making: A literacy advisory group is formed via the PTA/PTO to develop a ‘Family Reading Room’ and its functions at school.

Collaborating with Community: Community partners are asked to assist with providing multicultural literary resources at school.