The month of November provides a wonderful opportunity for schools and districts around the nation to recognize and honor the significant role of families who collaborate as equal partners in their child’s education.
Family Engagement Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of successful family and school partnerships. It is also a time to set ambitious goals to outreach effectively to more diverse families. Data from the Census Bureau indicates that one out of five students speak a language other than English at home. The changing demographics that we see in our schools emphasize the critical need for strong family and school partnerships. Family Engagement Month provides schools, districts, and states the opportunity to share best practices to support effective family engagement and strategic outreach.
In many states, the Governor will sign a proclamation in honor of Family Engagement Month to recognize the importance of these essential partnerships. In addition to these proclamations, some states have created a variety of resources to assist schools and districts with activities to highlight and recognize families this month. The Florida Department of Education - Office of Family Engagement has some of the best resources in the nation to celebrate Family Engagement Month. These resources consist of a family engagement toolkit, a pledge for parents in different languages, flyers, logos, social media post templates, and a family engagement video contest. (Click here to view these resources) These outstanding resources are extremely beneficial for schools around the nation seeking innovative ideas and activities to celebrate Family Engagement Month.
If you are interested in learning about more creative ideas and strategies to support collaborative family and school partnerships, be sure to attend the 2018 National Family Engagement Summit (www.nfesummit.com) and learn revolutionary ideas from Florida’s fourth largest school district, Orange County Public Schools @OCPSnews.