“Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.”
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
For more information, contact Kim Larson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.