Using the Toolkit

Family & Community Engagement: The Four Phases

-Creating the Profile

-Setting the Goals

-Planning to Improve

-Implementing the Plan


-Guiding Questions

-Program Requirements (PDF)
-Targeting Areas of Low
-Community Involvement Strategies
Research Articles
- Administrator Days' presentation material 2013
Administrator Days' presentation material 2014
- Beyond the Bake Sale

Topic Guides for CIP Plans

Equity and Diversity

Family & Community Engagement

Instructional Strategies

Nebraska Literacy Plan

PreK-12 Curriculum Alignment

Special Education: Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD)


Improvement Plan Requirements


Early Childhood

The Nebraska Framework:
A Handbook for Continuous Improvement in Nebraska Schools

Nebraska Statewide Assessment (NeSA)

Professional Development, Data Resources, and Links

Rule 10

State of the Schools Report

Nebraska Department of Education

US Department of Education


Contact Us

Beyond the Bake Sale: the Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships

This book, written in 2007 by Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Vivian R. Johnson, and Don Davies, is a practical, hands-on guide for helping schools and families work better together to improve children's education.

Throughout this Family Engagement section of the Toolkit, there are references to parts of Beyond the Bake Sale. These are reprinted by permission of the New Press. You will find the entire collection of excerpts, which are found under Websites and Other Resources, under Tools.  The excerpts appear individually, according to topic, within sections of the toolkit.  Schools who have the Beyond the Bake Sale may find this PowerPoint Guide supports use of the book with educatiors and parents. 

A representative of a Nebraska school district may be eligible to receive a complimentary copy of Beyond the Bake Sale for each building in their district. (One book per building in district will be distributed by NDE/PIRC.) The form below includes a place for the applicant to share their plan (a few sentences) of how they intend to utilize this resource as part of their school's family engagement initiatives.

Request for Beyond the Bake Sale book

School District, ESU #, or Agency Name






Person requesting/accepting Beyond the Bake Sale



Email address



Telephone number



Plan for use of the book



Please send this request to Nebraska Department of Education, Attn: Karen Stevens, 301 Centennial Mall S, Lincoln, NE 68509

or contact Karen.Stevens@nebraska.gov.





Nebraska Department of Education, 2010