#1 College of Education AFFECT Modules

The AFFECT Modules (Activating Educators Focus on Family Engagement as Central to Teaching) are a resource for instructors in elementary and secondary education to provide content in family engagement in their courses. The creators of these modules recognized the need to strengthen the relationships between schools, families, and community. AFFECT facilitates these relationships by building the capacity of teachers. The modules contain videos, readings, and lesson plans on a variety of topics and new modules are being added. The first five modules cover the following topics: Getting to know your students and families, Communicating with families, Engaging families in the home and school, Partnering with diverse families in Hawaii, and Finding appropriate strategies.

#2 Harvard (free) Family Engagement Course

Introduction to Family Engagement in Education is a free online course (MOOC) offered through Harvard University Graduate School of Education. This course explores the research linking family engagement to student achievement and features readings and videos with researchers, educators, students, and families about promising practices in the field. Family engagement describes what families do at home and in the community to support their children’s learning and development from birth to career. It also encompasses the shared partnership and responsibility between home and school. Such engagement is essential for school improvement. It is also increasingly recognized as an integral element for proficient practice as an educator.

#3 Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and Communities as Partners in Education

REL Pacific – Regional Educational Laboratory Program created this Family Engagement Toolkit. This is a toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and Community as Partners in Education for school staff. Included are resources to build relationships with families and community members and to support family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and students’ ongoing learning and development. Originally developed for the Guam Alliance for Family and Community Engagement in Education, the Toolkit is based on information from a variety of sources that address engagement in diverse communities.

The four parts of the Toolkit are:

  1. Part 1: Building an understanding of family and community engagement
  2. Part 2: Building a cultural bridge
  3. Part 3: Building trusting relationships with families and community through effective communication
  4. Part 4: Engaging families and community members in data conversations