Practice Brief

Family Engagement: Authentically Integrating Essential Competencies

Celena Turney and Yetunde Akinola
January 2023 | California Safe and Supportive Schools

This brief from California Safe and Supportive Schools emphasizes the critical role of family engagement in holistic school transformations and advocates for partnerships that recognize diversity and cultural values. It provides evidence-based insights for family-facing practitioners, addressing key questions on building collaborative relationships, knowledge-sharing, and joint actions between educators and families. The authors offer a unifying set of tools, strategies, and dispositions to support practitioners in cultivating high-quality, equitable family engagement through culturally responsive practices. Understanding and implementing these insights can help teachers and school leaders foster a comprehensive approach that values collaboration, respects diversity, and enhances the overall well-being of students by involving families in the educational process.

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