Family Engagement: For Communities


When schools, families, and communities work together, students are more successful and the community as a whole benefits.  The most successful schools engage families and communities in meaningful, shared decision making with the ultimate goal of improving student success. 

Community members and leaders can support schools in a variety of ways. To learn more about building partnerships with your local schools, visit our resource page.

Resources for communities to reach out to schools and families

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Attendance Works

Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. They promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.

Coalition for Community Schools

A Community School is a public school - the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.

Center for Disease Control - Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model expands on the eight elements of CDC’s coordinated school health ( CSH ) approach and is combined with the whole child framework. CDC and ASCD developed this expanded model—in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health—to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools.

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

National Conference of State Legislators

NCSL helps strengthen state legislatures by providing research, publications and technical assistance about the legislative institution, and its processes and procedures.

Search Institute

For more than 50 years, Search Institute® has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Their research, resources, and expertise help their partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.

Strive Together

Strive Together is a national, nonprofit network of more than 70 communities using a rigorous approach to accelerate progress and sustain success in education. They provide coaching, connections, and resources to our local partnerships and work together to measurably improve six results from cradle to career.

The Forum for Youth Investment

The Forum for Youth Investment helps leaders change the odds for kids by finding scalable solutions to pressing problems that drive opportunity gaps. The core work of the Forum is in the field – from communities to Congress, helping public and private leaders align the myriad of programs and policies created to improve youth opportunities and outcomes.

United Way

United Way makes sure children and youth can start school ready to succeed, become proficient readers at a young age, stay on track in middle school, earn their high school diploma and pursue a higher education. Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. It also benefits the whole community: high school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate on time.

For other questions, please feel free to contact our Office of Family and Community Engagement at 405-522-6225 for assistance.

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Last updated on March 13, 2019