NAFSCE's Policy Agenda
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.
Family Engagement is more than an education issue; for many families, it is a civil rights issue. Often, low-income families don’t have access or opportunity to becoming engaged in their child’s education. It is typically misunderstood as a parent’s lack of desire, and that is mistaken. While many of the common barriers to engagement are certainly not the fault of schools, without an intentional and strategic approach to culturally respond to, welcome and engage low-income families, these children are at a distinct disadvantage to achieve. It is time to significantly increase our investment in high-impact family engagement, thereby maximizing the opportunity for families to become learning partners, so that we can close the achievement gap, turn around failing schools, and ensure that all children have the resources and support to realize their dreams. Family engagement is NOT about good public relations. It is about leveraging a parent or caregiver’s expertise about their child in ways that improve instruction, support improved student behavior and increased engagement, ultimately resulting in improved achievement and graduation rates.
NAFSCE calls upon policymakers at all levels to recognize the critical importance of family, school, and community engagement and to employ vigorous, evidence-based policies, strategies, and practices. We invite you to join us in our efforts to advance high-impact family, school and community engagement policies.
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