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News Flash – We need you to engage


Why is it important to maintain, build and support family engagement?

Research shows that engaging the family engages the child and positively affects our schools and our communities.


What is the overall goal for family engagement?

The overall goal for supporting families, with all of their complexity and diversity, is to maximize the capacity, strengths, and unique abilities so they can best support, nurture, and love and facilitate opportunities for the achievement of self-determination, interdependence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of community life for their family members.

We need you to engage

Engagement is a two-way interaction where schools and families activity work together creating partnerships of shared responsibility for the success of all students.


How do we strengthen the family engagement initiatives in schools?

One way is to create a welcoming environment where all families feel welcomed, included, valued, and empowered. When this happens, we will begin to see the value of everyone’s contribution.


To be an engaged parent will cost you time, effort, and energy. The children are worth the investment. Therefore, evaluating how you can rearrange time, resources, and energy to strengthen the family engagement activities in your child’s school is important.


Parents, share your “gifts” (your experiences, talents, and wisdom) with your child’s school. Participate when your school has career day, story time, or community activities that involve the students.



Schools, share community resources to help support their families. Interactive workshops are a great way to educate and empower parents.



Steps to building a stronger community

·         Shared Leadership

·         Goals and Rules

·         Policies and Practices

·         Communication

·         Education

·         Connections

·         Continuous Improvement




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