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

NDE-ESU Family Community Engagement Input Sessions are now scheduled

    • North Platte, ESU 16, March 27, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Kearney, ESU 10, April 17, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Hastings, ESU 9, May 3, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 The goals of these meetings are to:

  • Build partnerships between Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Educational Service Units, schools, families, business/community focused on this work
  • Build capacity of ESU and NDE staff to co-lead state and local family and community engagement efforts
  • Support schools in strengthening family engagement efforts
  • Begin discussions that will serve as the foundation for building a Nebraska PreK-12 School-Family-Community Framework
    • Articulate a definition of family engagement for NE along with guiding principles
    • Create a coalition of stakeholders to “co-develop” this Nebraska School/Family/Community Framework alongside NDE and the Nebraska ESUs
    • Input on the question: Where should our focus be?

Family Engagement? Family-Community Engagement? School-Family-Community Engagement? What about business and industry?

  • Gather input for NE State Board of Education as identified in State Board Strategic Vision and Direction (Goal 2.1)

Attendees will include:

  • Educators (e.g., school administrator, Title I leaders, classroom teachers, early childhood representative, special education educator)
  • Family members (including dads)
  • Representatives of community agencies
  • Representatives of local business and industry
  • Representatives of postsecondary institutions
  • Others interested in providing input

Register at:

For more information, contact Kim Larson,

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 Student Success and Access.

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.



Community Partnerships


Updated April 17, 2019 8:05am