Hawai'i Statewide Family Engagement Center​

Our purpose is to implement high impact family engagement strategies, programming and policies that build powerful partnerships among family, school, and community. We promote Family Engagement as a learning and equity strategy to improve student academic success and school improvement.

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Family Engagement: Improving Student Achievement (Spring 2022 PDE3 online course)

This 15-week online professional development course will introduce educators (Grades K-3) to the theory, research and practice of family engagement and how it is linked to student achievement. This course will provide evidence-based strategies and lesson plans that align with the school’s current curriculum (within the unique Hawaiian context of the Nā Hopena A‘o framework). Educators will learn the practical application of family engagement and how to incorporate it in the classroom and with families. Learn More!

2021 Spring Family Engagement Strategy Showcase

Session 1: Supporting Micronesian Families in Hawai’i Webinar

The Hawai’i Statewide Family Engagement Center (HFEC) is pleased to present a mini professional development series to showcase evidence-based family engagement programs and strategies to schools and complex areas across Hawai’i. 

To view the other videos in our series visit our HFEC YouTube channel

View Upcoming and Archived Family Engagement- professional learning webinars. 

What is Family Engagement?

Our center has adopted the Dual Capacity-Building Framework and the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) definition of family engagement: 

  • Family engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development.
  • Family engagement is continuous across a child’s life and entails enduring commitment but changing parent roles as children mature into young adulthood.
  • Effective family engagement cuts across and reinforces learning in the multiple settings where children learn- at home, in prekindergarten programs, in school, in after school programs, in faith-based institutions, and in the community.

Our Mission

To promote high impact activities and policies that build powerful partnerships among family, school, and community in order to enhance child development and student achievement. 

Our Goal

To support and strengthen the three spheres of influence that contribute to student success: Family, School, Community.

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2021 Spring Family Engagement Strategy Showcase

The Hawai’i Statewide Family Engagement Center (HFEC) is pleased to present a mini professional development series to showcase evidence-based family engagement programs and strategies to schools