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Family Engagement Plan

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Family Engagement Plan


Texas Administrative Code §102.1003 defines family engagement as “The mutual responsibility of families, schools, and communities to build relationships to support student learning and achievement, support family well-being, and the continuous learning and development of children, families, and educators.  Family engagement is fully integrated in the child’s educational experience and is both culturally and linguistically appropriate.”


As recipients of the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant, Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires each school district or an open-enrollment charter school to develop, implement, and make available on the district, charter, or campus website a family engagement plan to assist the district in achieving and maintaining high levels of family involvement and positive family attitudes toward education. An effective family engagement plan creates a foundation for the collaboration of mutual partners, embraces the individuality and uniqueness of families, and promotes a culture of learning that is child centered, age appropriate, and family driven.


TEA has defined six family engagement categories that must be supported within the local family engagement plan. The following pages outline the six family engagement categories and the activities (strategies in action) Klein ISD implements throughout the school year to support each category.



1. Facilitate family-to-family Support


Examples of Strategies


Klein ISD: Strategies in Action



Create a safe and respectful environment where families can learn from each other as individuals and in groups;


Invite former program participants, including families and community volunteers, to share their education and career experiences with current families;


Ensure opportunities for continuous participation in events designed for families by families such as training on family leadership.


Campus Parent Center


Open House


Campus Carnivals / Festivals


Campus Family Nights


Prekindergarten Round Up Activities


Parent Teacher Organizations


Volunteer Opportunities


Parent Support Organizations


2. Establish a network of community resources


Examples of Strategies



Klein ISD: Strategies in Action


 

Build strategic partnerships;

 

Leverage community resources;

Monitor and evaluate policies and practices to stimulate innovation and create learning pathways;

Establish and maintain partnerships with businesses, faith-based organizations, and community agencies;

Identify support from various agencies, including mental and physical health providers;

Partner with local community-based organizations to create a family-friendly transition plan for students arriving from early childhood settings;

Provide and facilitate referrals to family support or educational groups based on family interests and needs;

Communicate short- and long-term program goals to all stakeholders;

Identify partners to provide translators and culturally relevant resources reflective of home language.

 


Peachjar on the district’s website


District Health Fair


Campus 5K Walk / Run Activities


Children’s Museum of Houston Free Thursday Family Nights


Children’s Learning Institute


Reading Express Bus


Lakeshore Learning Free Saturday Events


3. Increase family participation in decision making


Examples of Strategies



Klein ISD: Strategies in Action


 

Develop and support a family advisory council;

 

Develop, adopt, and implement identified goals within the annual campus/school improvement plan targeting family engagement;

Develop and support leadership skills for family members and providing opportunities for families to advocate for their children/families;

Collaborate with families to develop strategies to solve problems and serve as problem solvers;

Engage families in shaping program activities and cultivating the expectation that information must flow in both directions to reflect two-way communication;

Develop, in collaboration with families, clearly defined goals, outcomes, timelines, and strategies for assessing progress;

Provide each family with an opportunity to review and provide input on program practices, policies, communications, and events in order to ensure the program is responsive to the needs of families;

Use appropriate tools such as surveys or focus groups to gather family feedback on the family engagement plan.



District Strategic Planning Committee Survey


Campus Improvement Plans


District Parent Satisfaction Survey


District Social Media Opportunities


Campus Weekly Communication Folders


4. Equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning


Examples of Strategies



Klein ISD: Strategies in Action


 

Design or implementing existing home educational resources to support learning at home while strengthening the family/school partnership;

 

Provide families with information and/or training on creating a home learning environment connected to formal learning opportunities;

Equip families with resources and skills to support their children through the transition to school and offering opportunities for families and children to visit the school in advance of the prekindergarten school year;

Provide complementary home learning activities for families to engage in at home with children through information presented in newsletters, online technology, social media, parent/family-teacher conferences, or other school- or center-related events;

Provide families with information, best practices, and training related to age-appropriate developmental expectations;

Emphasize benefits of positive family practices such as attachment and nurturing that complement the stages of children's development;

Collaborate with families to appropriately respond to children's behavior in a non-punitive, positive, and supportive way;

Encourage families to reflect on family experiences and practices in helping children;

Assist families to implement best practices that will help achieve the goals and objectives identified to meet the needs of the child and family.



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Children’s Learning Institute family activities and student progress monitoring data


Campus Family Learning Nights


District Family Engagement Nights


Parent Portal Access on Skyward


Summer Prekindergarten Backpacks


Report Cards and Progress Reports


Campus Open House


Parent-Teacher Conferences


Prekindergarten Round Up Activities


Weekly Parent Communication


District Automated Phone Calls for District and Campus Events


Recommendations of Free Educational Apps and Websites


Campus Activities such as Donuts for Dad, Muffins for Mom, and Pastries for

Parents and Providers


Character Education


College Career Awareness


Campus Make and Take Parent Sessions


5. Develop staff skills in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their children's learning benchmarks


Examples of Strategies


Klein ISD: Strategies in Action


Provide essential professional development for educators in understanding communication and engagement with families, including training on communicating with families in crisis;

 

Promote and developing family engagement as a core strategy to improve teaching and learning among all educators and staff;

Develop staff skills to support and use culturally diverse, culturally relevant, and culturally responsive family engagement strategies.


CIRCLE Assessment Training


Title I Part A Parent Engagement Activities


Ongoing Professional Development  


Counseling and Guidance Support

6. Evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement


Examples of Strategies



Klein ISD: Strategies in Action

 

Conduct goal-oriented home visits to identify strengths, interests, and needs;

Develop data collection systems to monitor family engagement and focusing on engagement of families from specific populations to narrow the achievement gap;

Use data to ensure alignment between family engagement activities and district/school teaching and learning goals and to promote continuous family engagement;

Ensure an evaluation plan is an initial component that guides action;

Use a cyclical process to ensure evaluation results are used for continuous improvement and adjustment;

Ensure teachers play a role in the family engagement evaluation process.



District Strategic Planning Committee Survey


Family Engagement Night Survey


Program Evaluation Survey for Continuous Improvement


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