The importance of family, school, and community engagement (FSCE) in supporting children’s learning from cradle to career is well documented by a growing body of research.
NAFSCE believes it is essential that family engagement practitioners deliver high-impact family engagement practices in order to promote children’s development and advance student achievement. The field is broad and includes early childhood and afterschool providers; educators at the school, district, and state levels; parent leaders, and; parenting and family engagement practitioners. NAFSCE intends to build their capacity to increase awareness and knowledge, transform attitudes and disposition, and enhance confidence and skills.
NAFSCE pairs nationally recognized experts with practitioners to present breakthrough information that summarizes recent research and shares effective practices. Take a look at some Upcoming and archived Capacity Building Webinars
NAFSCE also participates in numerous conferences and events to advance awareness of family engagement.
NAFSCE is planning to help you build capacity within your programs and schools. We are assembling a team of talented consultants who can offer training and technical assistance tailored to your needs and interests.
The quality and effectiveness of America’s public education system rests upon a foundation of strong, engaged families and communities. NAFSCE believes that policies must be prioritized to support effective and universal family engagement practices that improve children’s learning, and promote equity and opportunity.
NAFSCE advances high-impact family engagement policy through the following:
NAFSCE offers two Policy Conversation Webinars each year to provide an opportunity to discuss and debate federal and state policy that can promote more effective and sustained family, school, and community engagement. NAFSCE utilizes these Policy Conversations to discuss and seek feedback from our partners and members on its annual policy agenda. Please join us and share your ideas, questions and proposals.
The NAFSCE Policy Council meets bi-monthly, and promotes policy change in support of high-impact family and community engagement, including the development and approval of NAFSCE’s Policy Agendas and its various Policy Statements.
NAFSCE Policy Statements are developed and disseminated to advise USDOE, Congress, and the White House. We welcome your comments on our policy statements, action agenda, and comments to the US Department of Education, provided below.
A publications archive of federal and state family engagement best practice policies is provided on NAFSCE’s website
NAFSCE’s blog provides a platform for members and partners to share their views on important policies to elevate the work
NAFSCE’s Policy Action Plan
Family Engagement is more than an education issue; for many families, it is a civil rights issue. It is low-income families and families of color who are so often blamed for their children’s struggles in school, who are faced with “no trespassing” signs at school entrances, who are unable to find out what their children are learning and how they can help. It is time to increase dramatically our investment in high-impact family engagement so that we can turn around failing schools, erase the achievement gap, and ensure that all children have the resources and support to realize their dreams.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
EXAMPLES OF OTHER POLICY COUNCIL WORK: