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Our Work

Moving toward broad acceptance and implementation of family, school, and community engagement requires a coordinated effort dedicated to linking and supporting parents, teachers, administrators, researchers, and policymakers who are committed to developing effective policies, programs, and practices. NAFSCE provides the necessary platform for advancing high impact practices, promoting evidence-based policies, building capacity and leadership in the field, and upholding family, school, and community engagement as a core strategy for improving child development and student achievement.

Each of the initiatives and programs described here address systemic obstacles to the advancement of family, school, and community engagement policy and practice.

Educator Preparation

The lack of capacity among educators is perhaps the most significant barrier to family-school-community partnerships. In collaboration with NEA, AACTE, CAEP, MAEC, and seven SEA/IHE teams, NAFSCE’s Pre-Service Educator Preparation Initiative will inform policy and practice by creating a framework to be piloted in colleges of education, ultimately preparing prospective teachers to engage ALL families as learning partners BEFORE they enter the classroom.


Increasing FSCE practitioner capacity is also essential to improving and prioritizing practice. NAFSCE’s Credentialing Council, composed of diverse field experts, supported the development of a Body of Knowledge, which will be the basis of NAFSCE’s credentialing initiative. With the NEA, NAFSCE is creating a micro-credentialing and blended learning initiative for educators and expects to launch credentialing programs for afterschool providers, district and school family coordinators, and other practitioners.

Reframing the Conversation

After three years of research, 72 focused interviews, and more than 6,000 participants, the research conducted by FrameWorks Institute in partnership with NAFSCE provides clear recommendations on how to talk about family engagement so that people will understand it, value it, and support it. Learn more.

Parent Leadership

NAFSCE has established a model structure so that parent and family voices are not only heard but directly support the future direction and actions of NAFSCE. Learn more about NAFSCE's Parent and Family Leaders Council.

State Services

States play a vital role in family engagement. NAFSCE is supporting states on a variety of different initiatives. Learn more about NAFSCE's state services.

Professional Learning

NAFSCE’s professional learning programs improve the skills and knowledge of family engagement practitioners through collaborative study, expertise exchange, and professional dialogue. Our Effective Practices Webinars, Community of Practice, and online community provide the opportunity for administrators, parent liaisons, teachers, researchers and other professionals to continually question, reevaluate, refine, and improve family engagement strategies and knowledge.

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