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Family Engagement


Students are more likely to come to school when families feel like a valued part of the community. Research has shown that students can fall behind academically when they miss only two days every month. This strategy also supports the practice of culturally responsive teaching and can be used with other strategies that allow representation of all learners in the curriculum.

Use It in the Classroom

Starting at 1:29, watch as this teacher reflects on a family math night to teach strategies for families to use with their children. With these strategies and open-ended homework questions, families can discuss and talk through challenging math problems. Additionally, they played games during family math, which helped show how math can be fun and used in the home.

  • Actively involving parents in decisions regarding their child encourages family engagement. Regular communication helps teachers and parents build relationships and learn about each others' expectations for school. Collaborative and culturally sensitive communication between teachers and families also fosters a sense of inclusiveness, reducing Stereotype Threat for students and improving Motivation.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how a mobile app, Remind, provides a way for parents, teachers, and students to communicate quickly and easily through a mobile app about student progress, assignments, and other school-related activities.

  • Developers can support this regular communication between teachers and families by making apps that are mobile and multilingual.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy