Family and community engagement: 30Q329

The collection of resources, from East Elmhurst Community School (EECS), lays out the school's approach to engaging students and families to promote their voice and foster them as advocates. The collection includes an article that lays out the differences between family involvement and engagement, which is a portion of EECS' approach, as well as a packet that lays out a number of the strategies and practices the school uses. Educators can use these resources to inform or develop their own family and community engagement practices.

Included Resources

This packet, created by East Elmhurst Community School (EECS), outlines strategies used within the school community to foster student and family advocacy and voice. These strategies include classroom practices such as the usage of visible thinking strategies or accountable talk, which support student voice. They also include partnerships and programs through which EECS meets the needs of its families.

This article, written by Larry Ferlazzo and shared by East Elmhurt Community School (EECS), lays out how schools should approach family and community engagement to view parents and families not as clients but as partners in the work of education and community development. This article succinctly lays out some of the approach that EECS takes to foster student and family voice and advocacy. This article can guide educators in examining and considering their own family and community engagement practices. The article also includes a link to a list of resources that educators can use or leverage to inform their own family and community engagement practices.