National Representative
2012 – 2013
Using PTA’s National Standards for Family School Engagement
Using PTA’s
Standards for
Family School
2012 - 2013
By the end of this workshop you will:
• Have increased your understanding of effective
family engagement.
• Know PTA’s National Standards for Family –
School Partnerships.
• Know about available resources and support to
help you implement your PTA programs using
the Standards.
What is effective family engagement?
There are
components of effective,
sustained, and systematic family and
community engagement…
Effective Family Engagement
Component 1
A Shared Responsibility in which:
• Schools and other community agencies and
organizations are committed to engaging
families in meaningful and culturally respectful
ways, and
• Families are committed to actively supporting
their children’s learning and development.
Effective Family Engagement
Component 2
Cradle to Career:
• Continuous across a child’s life, spanning from
Early Head Start programs to college and
Effective Family Engagement
Component 3
Across Contexts:
• Carried out everywhere that children learn –
o at home
o in pre-kindergarten programs
o in school
o in after-school programs
o in faith-based institutions
o in community programs and activities
Why is Family
Students with Involved Parents
Are More Likely To:
No matter what their family income or background may be,
students with involved parents are more likely to:
Earn higher grades and test scores
Pass their classes
Attend school regularly
Have better social skills
Graduate and go on to postsecondary education
Henderson, A., & Mapp, K. (2002). A new wave of evidence: The impact of school, family, and
community connections on student achievement. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
Effective Parent Involvement
Helps Improve Achievement
• New research shows that meaningful family and community
engagement is one of five essential ingredients for effective
school reform:
1. (Principal) leadership as the driver for change
2. Parent-school-community ties
3. Professional capacity
4. Student-centered learning climate
5. Instructional guidance
Bryk, A.S., Sebring, P.B., Allensworth, E., Luppescu, S., & Easton, J.Q. (2010). Organizing schools for
improvement: Lessons from Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
The Implementation
Effective Family Management
“The Standards”
National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships
Welcoming All Families
Standard 1
Goal 1: Creating a Welcoming
o Develop personal
o Create a family-friendly
o Provide opportunities for
Goal 2: Building a
Respectful, Inclusive School
o Respect all families
o Remove economic
obstacles to
o Ensure accessible
Communicating Effectively
Standard 2
Goal: Sharing Information Between School
and Families
o Use multiple communication paths
o Survey families to identify issues and
o Have access to the principal
o Provide information on current issues
o Facilitate connections among families
Supporting Student Success
Standard 3
Goal 1: Sharing Information
About Student Progress
o Ensure parent-teacher
o Link student work to
academic standards
o Use standardized test results
to increase achievement
o Share school progress
Goal 2: Supporting Learning by
Engaging Families
o Engage families in classroom
o Develop family ability to
strengthen learning at home
o Promote after-school learning
Speaking Up for Every Child
Standard 4
Goal 1: Understanding How
the School System Works
o Understand how the school
and district operate
o Understand rights and
responsibilities under
federal and state laws
o Learn about resources
o Resolve problems and
Goal 2: Empowering Families
to Support Their Own and
Other Children’s Success in
o Develop families’ capacity to
be effective advocates
o Plan for the future
o Smooth transitions
o Engage in civic advocacy for
student achievement
Sharing Power
Standard 5
Goal 1: Strengthening the
Family’s Voice in Shared
Decision Making
o Have a voice in all
decisions that affect
o Address equity issues
o Develop parent leadership
Goal 2: Building Families’
Social and Political
o Connect families to local
o Develop an effective
parent involvement
organization that
represents all families
Collaborating with Community
Standard 6
Goal: Connecting the School with Community Resources
o Link to community resources
o Organize support from
community partners
o Turn the school into a hub of
community life
o Partner with community groups
to strengthen families and
support student success
Best Practices
Helping Your PTA
Use the Standards
Best Practices
National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships
• Boston Public Schools Uses the Standards as a Part of
their Training for Principals and School Staff
• Indiana PIRC Embedded the Standards into their
Curriculum for Statewide Parent Leadership Academies
• Kansas has Integrated the Standards in their State’s
Guidelines for School Improvement Plans
Standards in State Policy
10 States have Codified the Standards into Law
5 States have Included the Standards In State Policy
Programs to Help Your PTA Use The Standards
Take Your Family
To School Week
Take Your Family To School Week
PTA Program
National Standards for Family School Partnerships
Funding for Your PTA
• Grants of up to $1,000 are available
• Take Your Family to School Week will be
celebrated on February 12-18, 2012
• Apply in fall 2011 on
Phoebe Apperson Hearst
Partnership Award
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family
School Partnership Award
PTA Program
National Standards for Family School Partnerships
One award is given to a PTA for its outstanding work
in demonstrating effective family engagement.
Three For Me
(Engagement Tool)
Three for Me (Engagement Tool)
PTA Program-National Standards for Family School Partnerships
• Tool to Engage Parents
• Learn More at
Tools to Help Your PTA
Use the Standards
The National Standards
Assessment Guide
• Allows you to rate yourself
on your progress in
meeting the Standards.
• One of PTA’s most
popular tools!
Family Engagement Tools
• Tip Sheets for Parents and Teachers
• 100 Ways to Help Your Child and
School Succeed (brochure and
• National Standards Poster
• National Standards Brochure
• National Standards Assessment and
Implementation Guides
• …and More!
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