Family and Community Engagement


Important: Family Engagement Initiative news!

Family Engagement Logo Click on logo for an important message from Superintendent of Public Instruction
Diane M. Douglas

Arizona Department of Education (Parent Gateway)
Family Engagement Initiative
(Click for more details)
21st CCLC Community Partners (PDF)
Family Engagement  School to Family Graph (Word)

Family Engagement with Dr. Maria Paredes

Dr. Maria Paredes, Senior Program Associate at WestEd, will present Family Engagement strategies regarding Academic Parent-Teacher collaboration. Her model is an intentional, systematic means of increasing student academic learning and performance by enhancing the quality of parent-teacher collaboration, to share ownership and accountability by working together to leverage and coordinate existing resources. Participants will learn strategies that give purpose, structure, and direction to school leaders, daytime teachers, after-school teachers, and community service providers on how to engage families in student learning. By providing parent education and creating a two-way system of regular communication, teachers can ensure that parents have knowledge and understanding of their children’s grade level learning goals, and that parents are engaged in helping their children meet or exceed appropriate standards.
Join 21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees for this one day workshop as Dr. Paredes shares means of building a three-way structure of support for student academic success that connects the school curriculum to that of the home and 21st Century Community Learning.

Parent Teacher Collaboration to Drive Student Learning – PowerPoint

 Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT): Family Engagement in Education – WestEd


The Family Involvement Course

The U.S. Department of Education just announceed the Family Imvolvement Course on the You for Youth website. You can complete the online Family Involvement course in less than an hour, or about 10 minutes a day for one week. You’ll get a certificate of completion as well as ideas and resources to support stronger relationships with students’ families. Forging strong links can help students overcome challenges that have kept them from active involvement with school staff. As you know, good relationships usually don’t happen by chance. The Family Involvement course includes videos, activities, research and practical tips you can put to use right away.

The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit: Planning and implementing an initiative to support the pathway to graduation for at-risk students

Recognizing the role that family engagement plays as part of a comprehensive strategy to keep teens in school and ensure that they graduate prepared for the future, AT&T, United Way Worldwide (UWW), and Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) created a toolkit that will guide the development and implementation of strategies that engage families in helping at-risk high school students get back on track. The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit will help local United Way chapters, nonprofits, schools, and other community organizations:

  • Identify how to spot ninth graders who are at risk of dropping out, considering factors such as attendance, behavior, and academic performance.
  • Enlist and enroll the right partners and work creatively to reach parents of at-risk kids.
  • Work with parents, schools, and partners to apply research-based strategies and promising practices to get at-risk students back on track to graduate from high school.

Download the toolkit now!

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Contact Information

21st CCLC Unit Arizona Department of Education 1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin #7 Phoenix, Arizona 85007 Tel: 602-364-2349 Fax: 602-364-1938 Director: Cindy Trejo