Pre-service Consortium

Introduction

NAFSCE is in the process of identifying teams comprised of representatives from Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and State Education Agencies to serve on its Family Engagement Consortium on Pre-Service Educator Preparation (“the Consortium”). The Consortium will create a Pre-Service Framework, which will inform both policy and practice.

  • Click here to apply using our online form.
  • Click here to download the application as a Word Document. Please email completed applications with any attachments to admin@nafsce.org with the subject "Pre-Service Consortium Application"

Deadline for Submission: October 18, 2019, 5:00 pm ET

 

Background

The National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) envisions a world where family engagement is universally practiced as an essential strategy for improving children's learning and advancing equity. For generations, educators considered engaging families in their children’s education as desirable, but not essential. Research shows that family engagement is, in fact, foundational for student achievement, particularly in low-income and culturally diverse communities, where the achievement gap is most severe. The Dual Capacity Framework, released by the Department of Education in 2013, identifies the need to build not only the capacity of families, but also that of educators and school staff for effective family, school, and community partnerships.

Yet, teachers lack the training and capacity to effectively engage families. A 2012 Public Agenda Poll shows that teachers attribute lack of preparation as one of their greatest barriers to increased family engagement, and their greatest fear for failure, leading to burnout and attrition. NAFSCE believes that the lack of pre-service family engagement preparation for educators is the most significant obstacle to the advancement of family engagement as a strategy for student achievement and school improvement.

NAFSCE has prioritized the advancement of pre-service family engagement preparation since its inception in September 2014. NAFSCE’s Strategic Framework identifies pre- service as one of the organization’s seven Strategic Outcomes, as stated, “Select higher education institutions pilot and adopt a framework for teacher preparation to practice effective family, school, and community engagement.” (NAFSCE Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021).

 

The Pre-Service Family Engagement Consortium

NAFSCE began work on pre-service family engagement in November 2016, when the organization partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) to conduct research and engage stakeholders to determine current practices and policies related to pre-service family engagement preparation. The objective was to lay the groundwork for the creation of a pre-service framework for culturally-responsive family engagement and higher-education curricula (“the Pre-Service Framework”) that will prepare aspiring administrators and teachers to engage families before they enter the classroom. NAFSCE completed a landscape assessment of current state licensure requirements regarding family engagement preparation and is conducting an assessment of existing best practices and gaps around pre-service family engagement training.

Through our continued partnership with the NEA, and with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NAFSCE is now in the process of identifying teams comprised of representatives from Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and State Education Agencies to serve on its Family Engagement Consortium on Pre-Service Educator Preparation (“the Consortium”). The Consortium will create a Pre-Service Framework, which will inform both policy and practice. At the conclusion of this work, it is anticipated that IHEs will rely on the framework in the development and pilot of institution-specific curricula, and policymakers will refer to it as a guide for the advancement of state- and local-level policy in support of pre-service family engagement educator preparation.

NAFSCE is now soliciting applications for State Consortium Teams to serve on the Pre-Service Family Engagement Consortium.

 

Scope of Work

Six State Consortium Teams will work together to develop a Pre-Service Framework for culturally responsive family engagement and higher-education curricula which minimally will include recommendations for coursework, mentoring/supervision, field experiences, and state policy. Consortium members will also be tasked with establishing criteria for pilot program sites and an expected timeline for pilot program roll-out and evaluation. The Framework will address both educator and administrator preparation programs.

Participants must commit to attending up to six in-person convenings between December 2019 and October 2021. An honorarium will be provided and travel expenses will be covered for all convenings.

 

Participant Criteria

Successful applicant teams will include:

  • At least 2 lead representatives who will participate in convenings. Representatives must include at least one of each of the following:
    • An IHE faculty member who has taught, developed, advocated for, and/or overseen family, school, and community engagement within educator and/or administrator preparation programs
    • A staff member from the State Education Agency or agency that oversees state educator/administrator preparation.
  • Support for inclusion in the Consortium from the Dean of the College of Education of the IHE partners and from the Superintendent/Commissioner who oversees that state’s educator/administrator preparation, demonstrated by letters of support from each of these entities.
  • Demonstrated Commitment to Equity in Education through demographics of graduates, outreach efforts, equity policies, and other evidence of equity efforts

Consortium Team selection will be guided by the following:

  • Diverse representation of institution types: HBCUs, HSIs, community colleges, public and private universities
  • Diverse learner expertise: Students with disabilities, English learners, low-income students, migrant, rural, military, foster care, newcomers, refugees, LBGTQI, etc.
  • Continuum representation: early childhood (preschool, child care, Head Start), elementary, middle grades, high school

 

How to Apply

  • Click here to apply using our online form.
  • Click here to download the application as a Word Document. Please email completed applications with any attachments to admin@nafsce.org with the subject "Pre-Service Consortium Application"

Deadline for Submission: October 18, 2019, 5:00 pm ET

Questions? Please contact us at admin@nafsce.org

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