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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 alw​ays 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.


 Archived Webinars and Workshops

 Principal 1. Developing a Family Engagement System

​​US Department of Education’s Dual Capacity Framework promotes a systemic, integrated, and sustainable approach to family engagement.

SEDL’s Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community provides tools for involving families and community in all phases of the Working Systemically process as well as examples of how to incorporate family and community engagement into a systemic approach.

Harvard Family Research Project addresses Professional Development in Family Engagement: A Few Often-Overlooked Strategies for Success.​

 Principal 2. Building a Welcoming Environment

​​The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

Search Institute’s framework of Family AssetsPDF Document grows out of a great deal of research on family strengths. The Search Institute has several resources that highlight how different sectors can use Family Assets to strengthen their connections to and support for families.

Academic Development Institute has created a short video clip highlighting strategies that schools have used to welcome new families into their school community. Welcoming New Families.​

 Principal 3. Enhancing Communication

​​Harvard Family Research Project addresses home-school communication and provides power point, trainer’s guide and other workshop resources.

 Principal 4. Involving Parents in Decision Making

​​Georgia Department of Education provides resources for Designing Effective OpportunitiesZip File that make parent input count.
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