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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
For schools and districts across the U.S., family engagement is rapidly shifting from a low-priority recommendation to an integral part of education reform efforts. This continuing education course was developed using information from SEDL and the U.S. Department of Education in order to provide an overview of a new framework for designing family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success. Goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement and school improvement are presented along with an overview of three case studies and conclusions and recommendations.
1. Summarize what research says about the various roles that families play in a child’s education.
2. Identify the components of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs.
3. Discuss the struggles faced by states, districts, and schools as they work to cultivate and sustain positive relationships with families.
4. Describe ways that policies and programs directed at improving family engagement build the capacities of both staff and families to engage in partnerships.
5. Review case studies of current efforts that bring the principles of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework to life.
6. Outline various conclusions and recommendations to best build family and school partnerships that are focused on student learning and development.
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