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.” (youth.gov)

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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 www.scusd.edu/post/2019-school-climate-survey-families.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

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

Teacher Interview: How do Families Respond to SEL? (video)

A 5th grade teacher from Anchorage speaks about how she introduces SEL to families, has students share their learning with their families, and hears feedback from families about how they see the impact of SEL at home.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS videos SEL partnerships teacher training communications building buy-in for SEL family and community engagement

Growth Mindset Workshop for Parents

Presentation slides, handout, and facilitator's guide to lead a parent workshop about the Growth Mindset, from Transforming Education. Also available in Spanish.

SOURCE: Transforming Education

TAGS reading lists - parents videos parents/parenting SEL partnerships SEL competence family and community engagement

IDRA’s Family and Community Engagement Survey

This survey can be used to assess a school's effectiveness in partnering with families and communities around student achievement, access & equity, organizational support, and quality of interactions. Also available in Spanish.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

TAGS assessment community relations family and community engagement

Austin ISD: A District Embracing SEL (Video)

This video from Austin shows SEL lessons taking place in a range of elementary classrooms and shares the perspectives of students, teachers, administrators, and district staff on the benefits of SEL.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS videos SEL overview model SEL schools elementary school grades communications family and community engagement

Emotional Intelligence: A Factor in Student Success (Video in Spanish)

Univison segment featuring preschool students and their families in a Sacramento school, and how SEL has supported their transition.

SOURCE: Sacramento City Unified School District

TAGS mental health videos spanish language resources communications family and community engagement

Austin ISD SEL Twitter

Austin's SEL team uses Twitter to share news, announcements, and build awareness of SEL, as well as retweet posts from schools around the district doing great SEL work.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS parents/parenting media relations model SEL schools communications community relations family and community engagement

Austin ISD SEL Facebook

Austin's SEL team uses a Facebook page to share timely articles, new research, local news, shout-outs, and videos.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS reading lists - parents media relations reading lists - staff model SEL schools communications community relations family and community engagement

Austin ISD SEL Pinterest

Austin's Pinterest boards include favorite SEL themed books and videos, ideas for SEL integration, community-building practices, and more.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS reading lists - parents videos media relations reading lists - staff model SEL schools communications community relations instructional practices family and community engagement

SEL Department Home Page: Austin

Austin's community-facing SEL webpage invites viewers to take a tour of model campuses and learn more about implementation in the district.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS SEL partnerships model SEL schools communications community relations family and community engagement

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