Family and Community Engagement

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“Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.”
-U.S. Department of Education

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Department of Education Teaching and Learning in the 2020-2021 School Year: Student, Family, and Community Engagement

This guidance lists key actions and detailed steps school districts/school systems should consider as they build plans for the 2020-2021 school year focused on student, family, and community engagement. The focus areas, key actions, and detailed steps which are detailed in this document, are organized across implementation phases:

  1. Planning Phase (i.e. Summer of 2020),
  2. Launching Phase (i.e. two-four weeks before the beginning of school), and
  3. Sustaining Phase (the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year).

Please join the upcoming live Nebraska CAFE online meeting for families, community members and educators on Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Central Time.
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The Nebraska Department of Education identified family engagement as an essential area of focus in its new Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) within the tenant of Positive Partnerships, Relationships, and Student Success.

Engaging families and communities as partners with schools is essential, as the evidence is clear: partnerships contribute to children and youth’s academic and social success. Current family and community engagement research, websites, and promising practices are available via the links below.

Information for Educators

Information for Families

Community Partnerships

Family Engagement Research

Updated September 16, 2020 8:23am