Bringing Transformative Family Engagement to Scale: Implementation Lessons from Federal i3 Grants

2016, NO.44

What lessons can we learn from i3 grants about how to build the right conditions for family engagement initiatives to flourish? The authors in this issue – program directors and coordinators, district administrators, evaluators, and youth leaders, representing rural and urban communities across the country – draw on their own experiences to reveal the critical elements of successful, sustainable, and scalable family engagement programs.


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Joanna D. Geller

Lessons learned from implementing i3 family engagement initiatives reveal the critical elements of successful, sustainable, and scalable family engagement programs.

by
Patricia Martinez and Joshua Wizer-Vecchi

Successful implementation of family engagement programs requires buy-in, leadership, and collaboration at all levels – from the superintendent to parents.

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by
Monique Fletcher

Parent engagement coordinators provide the foundation for family engagement by modeling shared leadership, facilitating trust, and creating space to build partnerships with parents and schools.

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by
Maria S. Quezada

School principals can play a key role in family engagement by believing in the leadership capacity of parents and viewing families as partners in their school community.

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by
Aurelio M. Montemayor and Nancy Chavkin

Comunitario projects in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley offer a community-based alternative to the traditional PTA model, fostering the participation and collective leadership of youth.

by
Momoko Hayakawa and Arthur Reynolds

Flexibility, creativity, and collaboration are required to successfully meet the needs of each school when scaling up family engagement programs across a diverse range of communities.

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by
Susan Smetzer-Anderson and Jackie Roessler

Parent focus groups reveal insights about the communication, collaboration, and community buy-in needed for successful family engagement in an under-resourced urban district.

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by
Dan French

Feedback from students and teachers shows performance assessment’s potential for improving teaching and learning and better preparing all students for college, career, and life.