ETAC Region Community of Practice Updates
Implementing Effective Family Engagement Using the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships
The Family Engagement Community of Practice (FE CoP) will focus on Harvard University’s Dr. Karen Mapp’s Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships to help build the capacity of schools to implement effective family engagement. We have two upcoming webinars that will focus on implementation of the Framework (December 5 and January 23, both at 12 noon) and at minimum two additional virtual meetings a year. Participants will hear from teams implementing the framework and review tools to assess effectiveness.
Research demonstrates repeatedly that family engagement is the strongest predictor for success in school. The study Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons Learned from Chicago found that there were 5 ingredients that were essential to the struggling Chicago public schools that were able to successfully transform themselves over the past 15 years: strong leadership, professional capacity, instructional support, and a positive, child-centered school climate. The fifth ingredient was strong family engagement. Students in schools with this ingredient, regardless of anything else, even if the other ingredients were not present, were 4 times more likely to improve in reading, and 10 times more likely to improve in math*. Other studies demonstrate the same results.
*Anthony S. Bryk, Penny Bender Sebring, Elaine Allensworth, Stuart Luppescu, and John Q. Easton, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons Learned from Chicago (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2010).