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Family, School, and Community Partnerships
Families, early-childhood programs, schools, and communities actively partnering to develop, implement, and evaluate effective and equitable practices to improve educational outcomes for children and youth.
Consideration to Desired Outcomes
Family, school, and community partnerships (FSCP) positively impact academic and behavioral student outcomes (earn higher grades or test scores, graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education, develop self-confidence and motivation in the classroom, have better social skills and classroom behavior).
District Expected Use in Practice
3.1: The COMTSS District Implementation Team guides FSCP implementation by completing the FSCP Self-Assessment Rubric User’s Guide and includes high impact FSCP strategies in the district’s Unified Improvement Plan or strategic plan.
- 3.2: The COMTSS District Implementation Team provides guidance to schools about resources for high-quality professional learning in effective FSCP practices.
- 3.3: The COMTSS district decision-making teams utilize multiple means for two-way communication with families to create an inclusive culture.
- 3.4: The COMTSS District Implementation Team designs capacity-building opportunities for families to lead and participate in district planning, school improvement strategies, academic, social, and community events to inform the district’s family engagement policy.
- 3.5: The COMTSS District Implementation Team has a process to inform learners and families about assessments and their purposes, frequencies, dates, and outcomes, and how to interpret results.
School Expected Use in Practice
- 3.1: The COMTSS School Implementation Team includes high impact FSCP strategies in the school’s Unified Improvement Plan or strategic plan.
- 3.2: The COMTSS School Implementation Team provides dedicated time and resources for high-quality professional learning in effective FSCP practices.
- 3.3: The COMTSS school decision-making teams practice high impact strategies for staff to build trusting relationships with learners and families and embed family voice and shared leadership throughout the system.
- 3.4: The COMTSS School Implementation Team designates a family engagement lead that provides capacity-building opportunities for families to be active partners in school.
- 3.5: The COMTSS School Implementation Team prioritizes shared responsibility with families in data-based problem-solving and decision-making at all levels.
Resources and Information
Documents and Webinars:
- FSCP Guidance Article (PDF in English); Spanish version (PDF); Arabic version (PDF)
- FSCP Practice Profile
- SACPIE Higher Education FSCP Considerations (10-minute video recording)
- Reference list for Higher Education Resources for FSCP (Word)
- Family - Professional Partnerships Tutorial Video for Higher Education,from University of Northern Colorado Professor, Dr. Tracy Mueller
- April 2018 CSEAC Power of Partnerships Webinar Archive (80 minutes)
- Family & School Partnership in Education Oct. 2018 Proclamation-English version (PDF)
- Asociación educativa de la familia y la escuela-Spanish version of Oct. 2018 Proclamation (PDF)
- CDE Research Briefs and FSCP Keys
- Promising Partnership Practices (2015-2018)
- Teachers Involving Students in Homework (TIPS) - CDE materials
- CDE Parent and Family Resources page
- Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)
- State Advisory Council on Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE)
- Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee (CSEAC)
- Global Family Research Project
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
- National Parent Teacher Association
- School Community Network - Just Connect