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ERIC Number: ED550096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 55
Abstractor: ERIC
Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education. Part I: Building an Understanding of Family and Community Engagement
Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific
This toolkit is designed to guide school staff in strengthening partnerships with families and community members to support student learning. This toolkit offers an integrated approach to family and community engagement, bringing together research, promising practices, and a wide range of useful tools and resources with explanations and directions for using them. The toolkit is presented in four parts, which includes information and tools that reflect these activities. Each tool is introduced with a cover sheet that includes the purpose of the tool; the intended outcome of using the tool, the materials and time needed to use the tool; whether the tool is best used with individuals, small groups, or large groups; the tool type, and the audience for the tool. Brief descriptions of the four parts of the Toolkit follow: (1) Building an Understanding of Family and Community Engagement: Includes tools that help school staff build awareness of how their beliefs and assumptions about family and community engagement influence their interactions with families and how the demographic characteristics of the families served by Guam schools can provide information about what might support or hinder family engagement with schools; (2) Building a Cultural Bridge: Focus on tapping into the strengths of families and community members and helping families to establish active roles within the school community in support of student learning; (3) Building Trusting Relationships with Families and Community through Effective Communication: Focus on cross-cultural and two-way communication as ways to enhance family and community engagement; and (4) Engaging all in Data Conversations: Help school staff understand what data is important to share with families and community members and how to share such data. The following are appended: (1) Tool Selection; and (2) Tool Types.
Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific. Available from: McREL International, 1003 Bishop Street, Pauahi Tower Suite 777, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Tel: 877-768-9222; Tel: 808-692-0500; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific (ED); McREL International
Identifiers - Location: Guam
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED-IES-C-12-0010