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Parent, Family & Student Communication and Engagement

Communication and Engagement Overview


Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) Rules defines "Engagement" as:

"...the collaboration of families, schools, and communities as active partners in improving learner, classroom, school, district, and state outcomes.” [12.01(14)]


Communication is the key toward building a gifted program plan that engages the student and the family throughout the process of identification, development of programming services defined in an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), progress monitoring achievement and growth and participation in systems of affective support. All stakeholders have access to information in a variety of formats to ensure equity and participation.

The Administrative Unit’s (AU) Comprehensive Program Plan describes procedures and practices to promote parent, family and student communication and engagement.

View AU Comprehensive Program Plans

Key Indicators for Implementation:

  • Parents are informed about access to identification procedures;
  • The AU educates parents and families about giftedness and parenting gifted children;
  • Information is provided about progress monitoring of ALP goals;
  • Programming options are available to match students' strengths and challenges;
  • Families and students are provided information about concurrent enrollment, ways to be involved with college and career planning and resources in the school community; and
  • Communication is available in the primary languages of the AU.

Links to resources for Communication and Engagement:

Communication and Engagement Guidance Document

Additional Communication and Engagement Resources

Note: If you are not able to access the resources or need additional support, please contact the Office of Gifted Education Gifted Program Administrator.