Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.

Check out the resources supporting the framework for building greater support and capacity in schools, homes and communities, so ALL students have the chance to succeed.

Barriers to Parent-School Involvement for Early Elementary Students (Redford, Huo, McQuiggan)
American Institutes for Research (AIR), January 2019

Read this research brief to learn more about the barriers to parent-school involvement as reported by parents of kindergarten, first, and second grade students. The brief begins by examining the level of parents’ involvement in activities in their children’s schools and the specific types of activities in which they participated when their children were enrolled in school. Finally the brief describes the types of barriers to participation that parents face. (posted 1.8.2020)

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents

A Toolkit for Title I Parental Involvement

Bibliography on Family Involvement and Adolescence 2009-2014
Harvard Family Research Project
A bibliography of research on family engagement in adolescence from the Harvard Family Research Project.

Launch Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Education (posted 10.1.2020)
Best Practices for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences will look different this year.  View NDE’s latest guidance for best practices regarding conferences during COVID-19.

National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (posted 8.13.2020)
NAFSCE Recommendations on Engaging Families in School Reopening

As officials and decision makers across the United States continue to plan the reopening of schools across the country, it is important that all stakeholders are provided opportunities for input at the table, especially parents and families. NAFSCE’s recommendations include: Champion Equity and Diversity; Value and Support Families as Decision-Makers; Build the Capacity of Educators to Effectively Engage Families; Provide Families with Access and Resources to Be Learning Partners; and Support Family Well-Being.

AQuESTT for Nebraska – Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow

Beyond the Bakesale

Building Powerful Partnerships with Families
Transforming your Old Title I School-Parent Compacts into Effective Action Plans
Connecticut School-Family-Community Partnerships (posted 3.12.2019)

Elementary & Secondary Education: Part A – Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies

Engaging Families Inside and Outside of School

Engaging Families Whose Children/Youth Attend School in a Unique Facility

Expanded Learning Opportunities

Families and Schools: Building Positive Relationships for Student Success
Administrators Days 2019

Other State Family Engagement Websites

PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships: An Implementation Guide


Program Quality

Program Requirements

Successful School Initiatives

The 74 Interview: Harvard’s Karen Mapp on ESSA, Family Engagement, and How Schools and Communities Can Partner to Help Kids Succeed (posted 11.30.2018)

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education Part 1: Building an Understanding of Family and Community Engagement
REL: Regional Educational Laboratory Program
This toolkit provides resources for school staff to build relationships with families and community members and to support family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and students’ ongoing learning and development. (posted 8.10.2018)


Updated May 9, 2023 10:35am