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


The following information is provided as a resource and are not necessarily endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Education.


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

By Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Vivian R. Johnson, Don Davies.

Checklist-Family Friendly PDF
Checklist-Parent Involvement Program PDF
Family School Compact PDF
Honoring Families PDF
Partnership School PDF
Sample Tools PDF
School Newsletter PDF
Window Mirror PDF
Power Point Guide to using Beyond the Bake Sale in Schools

Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit
Family Engagement for High School Success: Creating a Plan of Action
Webinar 1: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
View archive here: http://uww.adobeconnect.com/p7mejlnq75d/

Family Engagement for High School Success: Implementation Success and Challenges
Webinar 2: Thursday, December 8, 2011
View archive here: http://uww.adobeconnect.com/p81n9jbv48p/

Parent Involvement Evaluation Toolkit
Arroyo Research Services has several helps regarding what is included in NCLB, section 1118.  Questions for Parent Focus Groups and teacher focus groups provide guidance toward addressing key areas, in more complete ways than one-way surveys.

Partnering 4 Students- The Nebraska “Tool Kit of resource materials has been developed to assist the primary systems involved in the education of children and youth in out-of-home care.

Family Engagement

School-Family Communication and Collaboration at Liberty Elementary in Omaha, NE
Luisa Palomo, Liberty Elementary 2012 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Josh Gillman, Liberty 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, and Cecilia Di Masi (“Coach D”), Liberty School Counselor, share information about Liberty Elementary School in Omaha and the strategies they use to enhance collaboration and communication between students, before and after school staff, school day staff, and families.

Green Study Skills LIberty Elem OPS

For your viewing convenience, this webinar is posted in four segments:

Section One:
Background Information about Liberty Elementary (3 minutes)

Section Two:
Overview of the Liberty Study Skills Program and the Green Assignment Notebook used for Communication (3 minutes)

Section Three:
Overview of the Liberty Completely Kids Before and After School Program (3 minutes)

Section Four:
Partnerships and Collaboration across the School Day, the Before and After School Program, and Liberty Families (28 minutes)

Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools feature on Liberty Elementary-A Community Solution
Liberty Elementary in Omaha has become a true haven for students and parents alike, and parents are responding by participating in their child’s education in a variety of ways, including volunteering at the school. Because many of its students participate in school’s Completely KIDS before- and after-school programs, the school has worked hard to ensure that daily lessons are incorporated into this secondary curriculum in fun and hands-on ways.

Effective Home-School Communication,  from Creating Welcoming Schools: A practical guide to home-school partnerships with diverse families, JoBeth Allen, 2007.  New York: Teachers College Press and International Reading Association.

School, Family and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, third edition, Joyce Epstein and Associates, Johns Hopkins. Corwin Press, 2009.  www.partnershipschools.org

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Website includes data on numerous children’s issues including the national and state KidsCount information.


Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) creates and provides research based products and services to improve student learning.

SEDL Letter August 2008--After School, Family and Community

This compilation of research focuses on the positive impact on student achievement created by Family, Community and After School Involvement.  Studies include Parent involvement, Parental information and Resource Centers (PIRC), Staff Development for After School, Homework Supports Student Learning, and two examples of family and community organizations working with schools.


Reaching Out to Diverse Populations
SEDL resource that provides information regarding inclusion of diverse populations in partnership activities.

Parent Engagement Electronic Tool Kit
Part of Michigan’s state website, this site provides a tool kit for school districts to use to increase parent engagement.

Funding Opportunities
Part of the Network of Partnership Schools, this site provides links to public and private funders of school-based projects.

Getting Parents “Ready” for Kindergarten: The Role of Early Childhood Education
Part of the Harvard Family Research Project, this site provides research and information regarding the importance of early childhood education in assisting families with young children transition to kindergarten.

Concepts and Models of Family Involvement
Part of the Harvard Family Research Project, this site provides research and information regarding different models of family involvement.

Community Engagement

National Network of Partnership Schools
Established by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, The National Network of Partnership Schools brings together schools, districts, and states that are committed to developing and maintaining comprehensive programs of school-family-community partnerships.

Nebraska Department of Education, 2010