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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)


Family Engagement Brochure

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) and the Colorado Department of Education are pleased to share a new family-school partnership brochure.  This resource includes family partnership research, an explanation of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, and practical tips for how families, educators, and community members can collaborate for student success.  The brochure is available in English and Spanish for anyone interested to copy and distribute.

As October 2014 has been declared Family and School Partnership in Education Month by Governor John Hickenlooper, an insert for the brochure has been developed to cite the Proclamation and share suggestions for celebrating the occasion. This insert is also available for anyone to copy and distribute. 

Another idea is that districts, schools, classrooms, or organizations may develop an individualized insert specific to their needs and thus highlight local family-school programs or actions, within the general information brochure.

Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kickoff Event Recap

The October 2014 Family and School Partnership in Education Month kick-off event was held October 1, 2014 in the Colorado Department of Education lobby from 11:30—noon. Colorado Commissioner of Education, Robert Hammond, chaired the event and Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia was an honored guest, closing the event with his summative remarks. Other speakers and topics included the following:

  • Dr. Cathy Lines, SACPIE Chair, read the Proclamation in English
  • Tomas Mejia, CDE’s Migrant Education Program State Director, read the Proclamation in Spanish and gave an update about family-school partnership work across Colorado
  • Stacey Zis, SACPIE Vice Chair, shared the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Approximately 60 people were in attendance, including numerous elected officials, CDE leaders, stakeholder organization representatives, families, educators, and SACPIE members. SACPIE and CDE provided the Proclamation, brochure, and other materials. Event photographs can be found on the CDE Facebook page.

October 2014 Governor's Proclamation of Family and School Partnership in Education Month in English and Spanish

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) is pleased to announce that Governor John Hickenlooper has designated October 2014 as Family and School Partnership in Education Month. The goal of this special month is to actively share information and support families and educators working together to ensure learning success for every student, from pre-school to post-secondary and workforce readiness. Colorado is celebrating this special month for the third year. There will be a kick-off event on October 1st from 11:30 – 12:00 in the CDE lobby at 201 E. Colfax Avenue. More information will be coming soon. To view 2013 October events and resources, see SACPIE Announcements.  

School and District Accountability Committee Trainings 

The Colorado Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) is conducting SAC/DAC training sessions. The training will cover many topics, including basic responsibilities of SACs and DACs, recruiting and sustaining productive participation, and collaborating with key stakeholders. View details for the trainings and register

SACPIE Presents to the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission (ECSRLC) 

SACPIE was asked to present information regarding family-school partnerships and its legislated responsibilities to the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission (ECSRLC) on July 28, 2014. The ECSRLC is made up of six members of the General Assembly who represent the Human Services and Education committees.  The group is charged with studying issues related to early childhood care and education, such as mental and behavioral health, parental involvement, and school readiness.  The Commission is authorized to recommend legislation for introduction during the 2015 regular session. View more information on the Commission and the material that was shared by SACPIE

U.S. Department of Education Releases a New Guidance Document - Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

 A recent guidance document from the U.S. Department of Education stresses the importance of educating and empowering both families and educators in together building effective partnerships. Over 50 years of research findings were reviewed in creating the framework. During its development, feedback was solicited from stakeholders across the country and SACPIE was able to provide input. To view the framework in its entirety with explanations and examples, please see SACPIE Resources, Articles.

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.


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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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