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State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE)

SACPIE was established in 2009 and is the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education. The Colorado General Assembly found that it was in the best interests of the state to create a state advisory council for parent involvement in education that will review best practices and recommend to policy makers and educators strategies to increase parent involvement in public education, thereby helping improve the quality of public education and raise the level of students’ academic achievement throughout the state. (C.R.S. § 22-7-301(2), 2012)


Promising Partnership Practices—Call for Submissions

The State Advisory Council on Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) and the Colorado Department of Education are hoping to share existing promising partnership practices from Colorado classrooms, schools, and districts during the upcoming Promising Practices Trainings. These practices can be from pre-school through K-12 and inclusive of postsecondary education. Promising practices are defined as “strategic family-school-community partnering actions or programs that are effective for a specific site or situation in supporting student success and hold promise for other sites.” These Standards were developed from research and are intended to guide families and educators as they work together in supporting student achievement.

SACPIE Presents 2013 Annual Report at the Colorado Commission on Higher Education

On April 11, 2014, SACPIE representatives presented its 2013 Annual Report to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and shared information on the work of the Higher Education Committee. 

Family Engagement Promising Practices Training Materials Available Online

SACPIE recently collaborated with CDE to conduct Family Engagement Promising Practices Trainings across Colorado. The purpose of the trainings was to help schools and districts implement comprehensive, sustainable partnership structures for student success. The four components of this structure are:

  1. The Framework of the National Family-School Partnership Standards
  2. Distributed Leadership
  3. Action Planning
  4. Evaluation

View Materials from the Trainings

Colorado Parent Engagement Legislation and SACPIE are Highlighted in National Center for Children in Poverty Publication

Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers is a summary report, published in September 2013 by the National Center for Children in Poverty. Colorado and SACPIE were honored to be included as an “Exemplary State Initiatives”.

Annual Report

SACPIE recently completed its 2013 Annual Report. According to SB 13-193:

On or before December 31, 2013, and on or before December 31 each year thereafter, the Council shall report to the State Board, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the Education Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, or any successor committees, the council’s progress in promoting parent engagement in the state and in fulfilling the duties specified in this section.

For more information, please contact Dr. Darcy Hutchins,, 303-866-5921.

Family and School Partnership in Education Month

October 2013 was proclaimed Family and School Partnership in Education Month by Governor John W. Hickenlooper!


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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this webpage are those of the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Colorado Department of Education or the Colorado State Board of Education.

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