Published on March 13, 2014
Connecting the Dots with the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships March 13, 2014
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National PTA’s Definition of Effective Family Engagement National PTA worked with the leading researchers to develop a formal definition of effective family engagement. There are three components.
National PTA’s Definition of Effective Family Engagement A Shared Responsibility in which: • Schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to engaging families in meaningful and culturally respectful ways, and • Families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development.
National PTA’s Definition of Effective Family Engagement Cradle to Career: • Continuous across a child’s life, spanning from Early Head Start programs to college and career.
National PTA’s Definition of Effective Family Engagement Across Contexts: • Carried out everywhere that children learn – o Home o Pre-kindergarten programs o School o After-school programs o Faith-based organizations o Community programs and activities
Key Finding Programs and interventions that engage families in supporting their children’s learning at home are linked to higher student achievement. Family involvement at home appears to have the greatest effect on student achievement. (Mapp and Henderson)
Why is Family Engagement Important? No matter what their family income or background may be, students with involved parents are more likely to: Henderson, A., & Mapp, K. (2002). A new wave of evidence: The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. Have better social skills Have better social skills Pass their classesPass their classes Attend school regularly Attend school regularly Earn higher grades and test scores Earn higher grades and test scores Graduate and go on to postsecondary educationGraduate and go on to postsecondary education
Effective Parent Involvement Improves Achievement New research shows that meaningful family and community engagement is one of five essential ingredients for effective school reform: Bryk, A.S., Sebring, P.B., Allensworth, E., Luppescu, S., & Easton, J.Q. (2010). Organizing schools for improvement: Lessons from Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Instructional guidance Instructional guidance Student centered learning climate Student centered learning climate Professional capacity Professional capacity Parent-school-community ties Parent-school-community ties (Principal) leadership as the driver for change(Principal) leadership as the driver for change
We know that family engagement is important. So, how do we engage all families in their children’s education?
Standard 1 Welcoming All Families
Standard 1: Welcoming All Families Getting Started
Standard 2 Communicating Effectively
Standard 2: Communicating Effectively • Use all communication channels: social media, cable television, newspapers, radio, automated phone systems, text messaging, school and PTA web sites, etc. • Identify parents, community members, organizations and businesses that can help facilitate home-school communication • Communicate in languages and formats that will best inform all families • Sponsor events that encourage interaction between educators and families in a fun, social way • Use all communication channels: social media, cable television, newspapers, radio, automated phone systems, text messaging, school and PTA web sites, etc. • Identify parents, community members, organizations and businesses that can help facilitate home-school communication • Communicate in languages and formats that will best inform all families • Sponsor events that encourage interaction between educators and families in a fun, social way Getting StartedGetting Started
Standard 3 Supporting Student Success
Standard 3: Supporting Student Success Link all events to student learning, including activities focused on making all families feel welcome. For example: Work with school leadership to conduct workshops on interpreting standardized test data Collaborate with teachers to provide fun, family- centered events focused on topics such as literacy, study skills, individual curriculum areas, and college and career planning Getting Started
Standard 4 Speaking Up for Every Child
Standard 4: Speaking Up for Every Child
Standard 5 Sharing Power
• Identify how PTA can support the school improvement plan • Provide opportunities to interact with your elected officials • Conduct an annual family survey or focus groups to get on current and potential school programs and policies • Diversify PTA in membership and leadership • Sponsor a school accountability meeting to inform families about school programs, services, and performance data • Invite parents to share concerns and ideas through a suggestion box in the front office Standard 5: Sharing Power Getting Started
Standard 6 Collaborating with Community
Standard 6: Collaborating with Community • Identify your goals and determine opportunities for community collaboration that will help you to achieve your desired results for family engagement and student learning • Leverage individual community connections and encourage connected individuals to take the lead on forging and sustaining the collaboration on behalf of the PTA/school • Bring partners together around a shared vision • Recognize partners and thank them whenever you can Getting Started
Tools to Help implement the National Standards
Tools to Use: National Standards Implementation Guide An explanation of the National Standards, action steps, and resources to aid PTA leaders, parents, educators, the community, and students in working together for the educational success of all children.
Tools to Use: National Standards Assessment Guide Allows schools to rate themselves on their progress in meeting the Standards. One of PTA’s most popular tools!
National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships Examples of Best Practices • Boston Public Schools Uses the Standards as a Part of their Training for Principals and School Staff • Indiana PIRC Embedded the Standards into their Curriculum for Statewide Parent Leadership Academies • Kansas has Integrated the Standards in their State’s Guidelines for School Improvement Plans • California PTA is using the Standards to develop parent leaders to serve on local school accountability committees, aligned with state funding laws
Programs to Help PTAs Use the National Standards
PTA Programs • PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships • Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle • Take Your Family to School Week Grants • School of Excellence
Where Do We Go Now? Stand up if you already engage every family in your school or school district and you don’t have any work left to do. Sit down if you think this have been the greatest presentation on the PTA National Standards you’ve ever seen! Stand up if you got an idea today you want to take back to your local school Stand up if you learned something new today.
Sherri Wilson Senior Manager Family and Community Engagement National PTA 703-518-1244 email@example.com www.PTA.org @PTAswilson
An overview of the PTA National Standards for Family School Partnerships.
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