Teachers & Other School Staff

To support classroom instruction, effective family and community involvement programs should be carefully designed to do the following1:

  • Link with student achievement goals and school standards
  • Engage families in activities that focus directly on issues related to student learning
  • Use a variety of communication strategies to keep family members informed on what is happening in the classroom and what is needed to support student learning
  • Build a school culture that is inclusive and supportive of family and community involvement

One of the critical roles that teachers and counselors play is that of sharing information about student learning. Student data that is shared need to be personalized to the student’s context so parents have a meaningful, actionable assessment of their student’s growth and needs. It needs to include more than the results of a one-time test. Educators can describe student’s strengths and weaknesses that lead to a particular score.

“Providing access to data is not enough. Families need to be able to understand the data and know what to do with it. They need to grasp what the data suggests in terms of their child’s short- and long-term development and academic progress.”2


1 National Center for Family & Community Connections With Schools Southwest Educational Development Laboratory ©2005 p. 86

2 HFRP, Breaking New Ground: Data Systems Transform Family Engagement in Education

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