Sharing Our Practices: Family / School Partnerships Web Event

  • File Type: Video
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Family Literacy
  • This online panel discussion hosted by NCLE brought together educators who were leading three different family engagement initiatives—Lesson Studio for Parents (Urbana Middle School, IL), Parent University (Washoe County School District, NV), and Academic Parent Teacher Teams (Creighton School District, AZ).  The discussion used an adapted version of the Peer Consultancy or Tuning Protocol to allow each presenter to share the current status of the initiative and to bring a specific question to the participants that would inform their next steps toward strengthening family–school partnerships in their schools.

    This Web event provides an example of a virtual Practice Exchange.  Participants came together around a common interest to share their practices with one another.  The use of the conversational protocol provided opportunities for presenters to receive feedback for consideration in planning the next steps toward strengthened implementation.

    Session Format—This document was given to session panelists to help them prepare for the event.  It contains the session outline and recommendations for slide preparation.

    View Archived Web Event

    (1 hour 25 minutes long, 30 MB)
    The full PowerPoint with embedded hyperlinks is attached below.

    The web seminar linked above is in a file format that requires you to have the most recent version of Java installed on your electronic device. Please visit the Java website to download and install Java.

    The rotation of participants through the Tuning Protocol process provided a sampling of possibilities related to strengthening family-school partnerships.   The Web event concluded with a discussion of potential next steps for those interested in pursuing deeper investigations. 

    Next Steps for Digging Deeper:

    • Continuing the Web event conversation online:  Share ideas and questions related to strengthening partnerships between teachers, administrators, parents, and community organizations to best serve our children.
    • Exploring additional family/school partnership resources:  Access the “Related Resources” document attached below which compiles the list of references and suggested resources that surfaced during the Web event.  This is a co-created list containing items recommended by panelists, audience members, and moderators.  The “Continuing the Conversation” link above provides a place to continue growing this list of recommendations.
    • Connecting with others who have similar interests:  “Follow” groups who are sharing their work in this area as a part of the NCLE network (e.g., Rowland School District’s Community Mapping & Family Literacy group and Nevada Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant group) to view the artifacts of their work related to strengthening partnerships.  Expand your own professional learning network by joining this growing network of teams wanting to learn with and from one another.

    View additional Practice Exchange examples

    Family / School Partnerships Related Resources (pdf)441.94 KB
    Powerpoint Family Partnerships5.11 MB