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Upcoming Online Courses: Spring 2015

Family, School, and Community Partnering (FSCP)

Instructors: Cathy Lines and Cindy Dascher
Please review this informational flyer for all three courses to determine the best option for you.

  • Syllabus: FSCP High Impact Strategies: Communicating and Designing Homework "Two-Way" (registration has closed)
  • Syllabus: Multi-Tiered Family, School, and Community Partnering* (registration has closed)
  • Syllabus: Family-School Partnering at the Secondary Level* (registration has closed)

*You may only select one of these two courses; course credit cannot be earned for both courses.

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conference

PEP Conferences are family-centered events designed to offer support, information and education to both parents and professionals who work with children with disabilities across Colorado. PEP promotes the partnerships between parents and professionals that are essential in supporting and including children with disabilities in schools and communities.

Other Recent Resources

The What, Why, and How of Family, School, and Community Partnering

Why do we value FSCP?

When families, schools, and communities work together, children are more successful in school and schools improve.

What is Multi-Tiered Family, School, and Community Partnering Across the Tiers?

Effective partnerships include parents, families, students, community members, and educators. Indicators of an effective partnership include 1) sharing information, 2) problem-solving, and 3) celebrating student successes. Central to effective partnership is the recognition of shared responsibility and shared ownership of student challenges and successes.

In forming partnerships, it is important to nurture the collaborative process. To develop true collaboration, parents and families must be fundamentally involved in the entire educational experience. Families should be recognized as having important information and expertise that they can contribute to the partnership. It is important for school personnel to provide the families with information and empower them as equal partners in supporting their children’s learning.

At Tier I, family involvement in school decision making leads to an improved positive school climate. Parents and families are seen as key partners in all aspects of RtI and MTSS, but their role may shift at each level of support. In particular, at the targeted (Tier II) and intensive (Tier III) levels, family expertise regarding the individual student is vital. At these tiers, members of the student’s family may provide information about the student and strategies that will lead to improved student outcomes.

Collaboration is more than simply working together and more than just linkage; it is agreeing to formally work together to achieve mutually desired outcomes. If one is to believe the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” then the community has a vested interest in supporting a positive school climate, which research has shown leads to better academic results. It is critical that schools recognize that cultural understanding requires more than just awareness. Understanding and respect for cultural differences is vital when attempting to engage families and foster community support.

For more information on Family, School, and Community Partnering, please contact Cindy Dascher.

Multi-Tiered Family, School, and Community Partnering Webinar Recordings

These archived webinars are divided into segments or chapters for easier access and viewing. The recordings are designed to be viewed with accompanying downloadable resources so that the information can be studied and applied. All tools/resources referenced in recording segments are available for download in the archived webinars. It is strongly recommended that the tools be downloaded before beginning the content segments so that the materials can be studied with the appropriate prompt in the presentation. All materials are provided with the intention that they can be adapted to a specific site or situation, applying research to practice. One possible use for these recordings is for a school team to view the content together and to discuss the information, thinking about potential application(s) to the school’s implementation of family, school, and community partnering.

For more instructional tips related to the purpose and process of viewing these segments, please view the brief tutorial video prior to viewing the content segments.

Tutorial Video (2 mins., 51 secs.)

"The What, Why, and How for Administrators"

    1. The Introduction (same for all educators : 16 mins., 16 secs.)
    2. “The What” for Administrators (10 mins., 45 secs.)
    3. “The Why” for Administrators (14 mins., 5 secs.)
    4. “The How” for Administrators (23 mins., 55 secs.)

"The What, Why, and How for Teachers"

    1. The Introduction (same for all educators: 16 mins., 16 secs.)
    2. “The What” for Teachers (10 mins., 9 secs.)
    3. “The Why” for Teachers (18 mins., 58 secs.)
    4. “The How” for Teachers (26 mins., 26 secs.)

Also included above under Recent Resources section is this recording, which is "The What, Why, and How for Families and Others":

FSCP Archive: "On the Team and At the Table" Highlights for Families and Others Webinar Recording, June 2014

*If you have questions or would like to request FSCP support, please contact Kim Watchorn or Cindy Dascher.

Family, School, and Community Partnering (FSCP) Support Network

The Office of Learning Supports is pleased to offer a family, school, and community partnering (FSCP) network to support stakeholders who have participated in a CDE face-to-face or online training or stakeholders who have expressed an interest in partnering. The goal is to provide updated resources and information through a periodic electronic mailing and request "two-way" sharing of successes, stories, and solutions.

Former issues of the FSCP Support Network Bulletin are posted here; the most-current edition is found at the top of this page. Please contact Cindy Dascher for more information.

Stakeholder Training and Toolkit Materials:

Some of these resources can be found in adaptable Word versions in the Family and Community Partnering: "On the Team and At the Table" Toolkit.

  • Multi-Tiered Family, School, and Community Partnering (2012-2013 Training Materials)
    • Stakeholder Training PowerPoint (PDF) (PowerPoint)
    • Activities
      • Cover (PDF) (Word)
      • Activity Slides with Notes (PDF)
      • Activity 01 - Partnering Definition (PDF) (Word)
      • Activity 03 - Planning Team Feedback (PDF)
      • Activity 05 and 06 - Challenges and Solutions (PDF)
      • Activity 07 - Supports Checklist (PDF) (Word)
      • Activity 09 - Sample Job Descriptions (PDF)
      • Activity 11 - Sample Completed Templates (PDF)
      • Activity 12 - Tiered Templates (PDF)

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