Let’s face facts, family engagement is all the rave, but do we really know what that means? Moreover, do we even know what we are doing, and how do we know? How do we measure family/ child outcomes against the targeted strategies utilized to facilitate change…plan vs. progress…strategy vs. solution…outreach vs. outcome, ally vs. adversary… collaboration vs. capacity?
DIVERSITY University discusses theories, frameworks, research and practices in family engagement. Existing models school-family-community partnerships to influence child development. engagement practices, contrasts and the research, theories and frameworks of family engagement to compareexamines diverse real-life experiences of families and caregivers with schools, at home and both in and outside of their communities.
Fully comprehensive in design, adopting a “whole” child/family/school community framework, effectively informs and guides practices and lens that we address the ‘gaps’ in a systemic collaborative. These gaps result in discipline disparities, which reflect implicit bias and the’ deficit’ model as it pertains to education. Strengths based, solution focused, cultural/linguistic responsive, inclusive and differentiated family engagement practices are encouraged in all aspects of communication.
Families have strengths and needs that are quite diverse. Policies, programs and practices targeting positive benefits for children and their families must use diversity as resources. Families and caregivers are no longer occasional visitors at schools, but an ever present component of the reality of learning in a global society, encompassing time at school, home and the community. Not only does it take a village, but it MUST take a village to raise a child for the 21st century and beyond!