Parent Involvement is a requirement of NCLB Title 1 Part A
Subpart 1 SEC 1111-1118. Districts are required to have a district parent involvement policy, a school parent involvement policy and a school/parent compact. Other requirements are to have an Annual Parent Meeting, annually review these policies and to involve parents in decision of the use of the parent involvement set aside funds for Parent Involvement Activities.
Parent Involvement Policy Samples
ISBE Family Engagement Framework Guide
ISBE has designed a Family Engagement Framework Guide which is a tool for 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. More specifically, the guide helps districts, schools and communities with: developing common language for family engagement; improving coordination within systems, communities, districts, and schools; and strengthening capacity to leverage resources and partnerships.
ISBE Introduces Family Engagement Webinar Series
The Illinois State Board of Education's Division of Innovation and Improvement conducted a series of 60 minute Family Engagement Webinars as part of a statewide family engagement initiative. Each webinar in the 2012 series features practitioners from the 2011 Regional Summits. The practitioners share their experiences in the successful implementation of evidence-based family engagement strategies in their schools or districts. These Webinars are good tools for district staff, school staff, parent facilitators, and parents. The following list of 2012 Webinars can be accessed at
Improving High School Family Engagement through Parent Support Centers - January 26, 2012 Improving High School Family Engagement through Social and Emotional Learning - February 23, 2012 How to get Families Engaged in an Early Childhood Setting - March 2, 2012 Parent Involvement in High Poverty Schools - March 22, 2012 Very Important Parents (VIP): Utilizing Parents during the School Day as a Resource to Improve Reading Outcomes for Students - April 26, 2012 Involving at Risk Families in RtI supports with an ELL Focus - May 10, 2012
Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement webinar series
An opportunity for stakeholders representing national, regional, and local organizations to learn about family, school, and community engagement research, best practices from the field, and new innovations that are making a difference in school improvement and student learning. Leading practitioners, researchers, and policymakers will share real-life examples from the field about what it takes to effectively engage family and community with schools.
Resources & Tools
ISBE Family Engagement website
A variety of family engagement research and resources are available on numerous topics in English and Spanish. Here are the current research Spotlights:
Understanding and Accepting Differences: Why Can't Maria Walk? (tip sheet)
Illinois Early Learning Project
All children can benefit when those with special needs are included in classrooms/activities. Teachers and parents can use these suggestions to foster understanding between children who have disabilities and those who do not. (also available in Polish & Spanish)
Video: Effective Strategies for Parent-Teacher Communication
National Center for Learning Disabilities Editorial Team
In this brief video, "special education teacher and learning disabilities expert Meg Randall explains effective strategies parents of children with learning disabilities can use when communicating with teachers." Links to other resources are available.
Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents
Harvard Family Research Project, Jamie Ferrel
This guide to research and best practices will help parents and special educators establish a comfortable and effective partnership in service of promoting successful outcomes for children with disabilities.
A Policy Guide for Socially Inclusive Schools
Special Olympics Project UNIFY®
This guide serves as "a call to action and a roadmap for federal, state, and local policymakers to encourage, support, and reward social inclusiveness in schools."
Increasing the Effectiveness of Homework for All Learners in the Inclusive Classroom
Carr, Nicole Schrat
This essay provides a summary of educational research on homework, discusses the elements of effective homework, and suggests practical classroom applications for teachers.
Parent Empowerment: Connecting With Preservice Special Education Teachers
Murray, Mary M.; Handyside, Lisa M.; Straka, Leslie A.; Arton-Titus, Tabatha V.
This phenomenological study seeks to understand the experience of 71 parents of children with disabilities who participated with pre-service teachers in a 16-week special education course.
Academic Development Institute
Academic Development Institute (ADI) has been working with families, schools and communities since 1984. ADI has many tools and resources for school district and family to use. They have had contracts with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and have worked with other states assisting families, schools and communities.
Evidence-based Practices in the Field
- Seattle Public Schools - Family University
Seattle Public Schools was recently awarded the honor of the 2013 National John Hopkins University Award for Family and Community Engagement. Their Family University, in partnership with North Seattle Community College is a ten week Parent Leadership Education class offered to district parents at no cost. View the Seattle Public Schools District Newsletter highlighting Family University to learn more about their curriculum.
The Handbook on Family and Community Engagement
This resource was created with funding and support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to the Academic Development Institute and the Center on Innovation & Improvement. The handbook provides educators, community leaders, and parents with a survey of the best research and practice related to engaging families and communities in student’s learning and academic, social, and emotional development. It is a guide to research-based and high-quality programming. Visit the
School Community Network website for more information.
- 2009 Parent Involvement Workshop
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