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    Equitable family engagement will embrace diversity, identify and break down systemic barriers, act as a bridge between the school and families, have a positive impact on student achievement and behavior. Family Engagement will empower families to know how to support their child’s education, and for schools to learn from the expertise families have about their child. Academic and whole child success is dependent on family engagement.

    • Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround This resource from the Reform Support Network summarizes the key lessons learned and takeaways from the family and community engagement efforts of eleven states and districts across the country in 2013
    • Partnering with Families and Communities Published in the Educational Leadership journal, outlines how school leaders can support the development of a school learning community that includes parents and family members. This resource provides many examples from the field organized by different types of engagement strategies.
    • District Leaders-Emphasizing Equity and Access through Two Way Communication Designed for district leaders to reflect on the current structures that are in place to ensure all families are effectively reached and supported by the school community.
    • Teachers-Families’ Strengths-PowerPoint Presentation a self-paced guide for teachers to use for deepening their knowledge and understanding of each family’s culture. This resource ultimately supports teachers building relationships with families during the formative assessment process, leading to more equitable teaching practices.
    • Partners in education: A dual capacity-building framework for family–school partnerships This resource, which was collaboratively developed by the U.S. Department of Education and SEDL, outlines a framework for family engagement initiatives that can build capacity among educators and families and support partnerships for student success. This resource is designed to help scaffold for the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs.