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Parent/Family Member

Family engagement means the process of engaging families in meaningful ways and assisting them to actively support their children’s learning and development.  Family engagement is a shared responsibility of families, schools and community-based organizations.  This shared responsibility is continuous from birth through young adulthood and reinforces learning that takes place in the home, school, and community.

Community Schools Toolkit: Resources for Parents, Community Organizations and Policymakers about Making Community Schools a Reality in Your Neighborhood, School District, or State
By Opportunity to Learn Campaign
This toolkit highlights particular programs and services that have been included in community schools, and consolidates some policy and outreach resources that can be helpful in advancing a community schools agenda. It is a resource for parents, organizations, and policy makers who want to get started to make Sustainable Community Schools a reality in their communities.

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
By National PTA
What parents, schools, and communities can do together to support student success. One of the critical questions that parents should understand have been highlighted in Speaking Up for Every Child. Families should be empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

Community School Transformation: A Guide for Schools, Districts, Parents, and Community Members
By Illinois Federation of Community Schools
All parents want the best for their children. A successful community school operates with this in mind, and recognizes that, like their children, parents come with a variety of capacities and challenges. Parents are the strongest community school advocates if the community school is deliberate and principled about creating opportunities for partnership with families. This report (pg.24) provides a an overview of how parents can be critical agents of student success.

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