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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

The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University shares family engagement strategies, focused specifically on younger children.

  • Actively involving parents in decisions regarding their child encourages family engagement. Home visits and regular communication help 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 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.
  • Resources

    Below are additional examples, research, and professional development. These resources are possible representations of this strategy, not endorsements.

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