Strategies for Parent, Family, Student, and Community Engagement with K-12 Schools


This webinar discusses strategies for improving parent, family, student, and community engagement with K-12 schools. Panelists explain research in this area, offer recommendations for state policymakers, and highlight innovative, evidence-based models that have been successful in schools and communities across the country.


  • Anne Henderson, Senior Consultant, National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
  • Reyna Hernandez, Senior Director of Research and Policy, National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
  • Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Vice President of Content and Partnerships, Learning Heroes
  • Moderator: Catherine Van Ness, Senior Policy Analyst for K-12 Education, National Governors Association


  • Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family School Partnerships (2007), by Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Vivian Johnson and Don Davies.
  • Everyone wins! The Evidence for Family-School Partnerships and Implications for Practice (2022), by Karen L Mapp, Anne T. Henderson, Stephany Cuevas, Martha Franco and Suzanna Ewert. The study guide, study summaries and recommendations for practice can be found here.
  • Carnegie Corporation: Uniting to Create a Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education
  • Connecticut: Definition and Framework of Family Engagement
  • Learning Heroes: Parents 2022: Hidden in Plain Sight | A Path Forward for Equity-Focused Family Engagement
  • Heroes of Learning: Afterschool Programs: Paving the way for children to find passion, purpose and voice
  • Learning Hero: Unlock the How: Designing family engagement strategies that lead to academic success
  • Learning Heroes: Developing Life Skills in Children: A Roadmap for Communicating with Parents
  • Heroes of learning: examples of our work in action
  • NAFSCE: Reframing the conversation around family and community engagement
  • NAFSCE: Learn more about statewide Family Engagement Centers, including: Catalyzing Family, School, and Community Partnerships: A Review of the Work of Statewide Family Engagement Centers
  • NAFSCE: State Family Engagement Frameworks and Effective SEA Practices
  • NAFSCE: State of the States: Family, School, and Community Engagement in State Educator Licensing Requirements
  • NAFSCE: Educator Preparation Resources
  • NAFSCE: Opportunities for Family, School, and Community Engagement in the U.S. Bailout (May 2021)
  • National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools: A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement
  • NASBE: Developing State and District Parent Engagement Policies

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices K-12 Education Team Hosts a Series of Conversations with Subject Matter Experts, State Education Officials, and Practitioners Reflecting on Lessons Learned from the Pandemic of COVID-19 and improve strategies and models to redesign key education system features as states and school districts move forward. View all webinars in the series.


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