This section presents research and regulations policies that support shared responsibility for students learning, active participation of both family members and educators in charting the course for student success. Note that the way family members are involved changes over time moving from a concern about social and emotional well-being to conquering basic academic challenges to preparing for career accomplishments.
Family engagement is a shared responsibility of families, schools and communities for student learning and achievement; it is continuous from birth to young adulthood; and it occurs across multiple settings where children learn. Although family involvement in education is not an original idea, a systemic and integrated approach to family engagement represents an innovative strategy in education reform.
National Policy Forum for Family, School & Community, Beyond Random Acts: Family, School, and Community Engagement as an Integral Part of Education Reform, Heather B. Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Heidi Rosenberg, Harvard Family Research Project. December 2010.