Family and Community Engagement

“Family and community engagement comprises parents (broadly defined to refer to a child’s or youth’s primary caregiver) and youth-service providers, school staff, and community members working together to actively support and improve the academic achievement, social and behavioral development, and health of children, adolescents, and young adults.” (

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Plan SEL Foundational Learning for your School District

This tool can help SEL leaders prepare a broad plan to provide learning experiences for all stakeholders in the school district community, and access resources to support foundational learning about SEL.


TAGS teacher training professional learning family and community engagement



Our Children Are Leaders

To provide interactive resources, CASEL and The Allstate Foundation launched this site to support parents and caregivers of PreK-12 students, to encourage the development of social and emotional competencies for leaders of today and tomorrow.


TAGS parenting family partnerships reading lists - parents parent leadership building buy-in for SEL family and community engagement

Sample Schoolwide SEL 101 Presentation (Spanish)

Slides and presenter notes are in Spanish -- This presentation can be adapted and used to introduce SEL to staff, families, and community partners.


TAGS spanish language resources family and community engagement

Practices of Promise: Selecting Evidence-Based Programs Through Meaningful Partnerships

Peek into El Paso Independent School District's process for engaging staff, families, and communities in examining and selecting evidence-based SEL programs that align with their school communities’ needs and districtwide vision.


TAGS evidence-based programs family and community engagement

Developing Effective Social and Emotional Learning Communication Strategies for your District

This guide from Collaborative Communications will help an SEL team plan a multi-media, 4 step communications outreach plan.

SOURCE: Collaborative Communications

TAGS toolkit media relations communications community relations planning family and community engagement

Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: 5 Strategies for System Leaders to Take Action

The Aspen Education & Society Program's recommended strategies for pursuing social, emotional, and academic development through a racial equity lens.

SOURCE: The Aspen Institute

TAGS cultural competence school board anti-bias board policies equity integrate with district priorities district SEL expertise SEL leadership family and community engagement youth voice

Portrait of a Graduate – Framing a Vision for your School System

Battelle for Kids has built out a 4 phase design process with examples and supporting materials for bringing together stakeholders to co-create a Portrait of a Graduate, i.e. the community's goals for its students. Free tools include a Getting Started Guide for superintendents and system leaders and a My Sketch tool, which helps the community prioritize competencies and create a visual representation.

SOURCE: Battelle for Kids

TAGS building buy-in for SEL family and community engagement

SEL Discussion Series for Parents and Caregivers

10 facilitated discussions to support schools to engage families in conversations about the social and emotional growth of their families. Each session encourages participants to engage in their own growth while supporting their children to practice SEL. Also available in Spanish.


TAGS parenting SEL partnerships toolkit parent leadership culturally responsive family and community engagement

CASEL’s SEL for Parents (English)

Video describes SEL for a parent audience and provides strategies to bring SEL into the home, aligned with the 5 SEL competencies. Features schools in Chicago and includes interviews with parents and caregivers.


TAGS videos social awareness self awareness self management relationship skills responsible decision making SEL competence SEL overview out of school family and community engagement

School Climate Survey for Families

Sacramento City Unified School District used this 2 page survey to gather family members' perspectives about school culture, equity, and the quality of interactions with school staff. It has been translated into 5 other languages at

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS family partnerships community relations culture and climate family and community engagement

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