Toolkit: Best Practices for Educators
Harvard Family Research Project

Webinar: The Teacher-Parent Relationship: Using Professional Development to Improve Family and Community Engagement. View the webinar on YouTube.

PowerPoint: Research and Best Practices: Implementing Family Engagement Strategies, by Karen Mapp.

PowerPoint: The Teacher-Parent Relationship: Using Professional Development to Improve Family and Community Engagement. Download the presentation from the National Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) website.

U.S. Department of Education

Webinar: Transforming Schools Through Family, School, and Community Engagement. View the webinar on the National PIRC website

Goal-Building Ideas for Educators

  • Commit to having teachers contact every parent at the beginning of the school year by phone, email or home visit.
  • Create communication tools for parents and teacher: examples, a communication notebook, planner or email, or use a parent portal in the student information system.
  • Have teachers include communication regular reading, math, or other content area tools and skills for parents to implement at home. 
  • Have parents and community members be participants in providing learning in the classroom.
  • Always notify details to parents on upcoming tests and special projects.
  • Create opportunities for feedback from parents on the needs, concerns and specific suggestions to enhance learning for their students.
  • Be creative in providing learning experiences including project based learning, online learning, community collaborative learning.
  • Ensure post-secondary planning and current status is discussed at parent teacher conferences each time.
  • Look for expertise from your parents to add to your curriculum.
  • Consider non-traditional ways to draw parents in to schools – varied conference times, student/parent math and reading nights, academic program nights, etc.
  • Have staff review and discuss the Washoe County Family Engagement Rubric.
  • Have staff review the “Ready, Willing, Able” publication along with its recommendations to begin planning strategies.