This website is a tool for school districts and schools to use in developing and expanding school-family partnerships to support improved student learning and healthy development outcomes. This resource brings together research, promising practices, and a consolidation of key program requirements to provide districts, schools, and families with tools to assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of family engagement practices.
At the core of the site is the Illinois State Board of Education’s Family Engagement Framework. The framework includes principles that establish a foundation for developing meaningful engagement with families and community leaders including guides that address capacity building, leadership development, resource allocation, progress monitoring, access, and equity.
ISBE recognizes that this type of engagement is a cornerstone of effective schools. In order to strengthen our agency’s capacity to support this work on the ground, we have initiated an intra-agency collaborative team charged with working across divisions to bring more cohesiveness and efficiency to our own efforts. This framework is the product of that collaboration across divisions, with the support and feedback from a variety of education partners.
Thank you for all of the great work you do on behalf of Illinois children and families. If there are ways that we can better support your work in this area, we always welcome your feedback.
Please share the resources in the webpage with school board members, parent involvement coordinators, school administrators, coaches, families, and community partners to strengthen family engagement and build relationships among critical partners in the education of students.