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Family Engagement
The Education Service Center, Region 20 Family Engagement Program provides training and support to school districts, charter schools, private schools and families to help strengthen family-school partnerships.

Family Engagement Program Initiatives:
  • Provide ongoing and direct training and support for district and campus staff who work directly with families;
  • Provide ongoing and direct training and support in building a sustainable framework for family-school partnerships;
  • Provide FREE weekly parent trainings on a variety of topics, including special education; and to
  • Increase community awareness and supports.
The Family Engagement program routinely sends out email communications on our Parent Network list serve. If you would like to receive email updates regarding parent trainings, community events, and other parenting resources, please subscribe to our email list serve below. 

Family Engagement Resources


Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships ArticlePartners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships Article

The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School PartnershipsThe Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships with ResourcesA Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships with Resources

PDF Document IconU.S. Department of Education: Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parental Information and Resource Centers
The purpose of this guide, "Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parental Information and Resources Centers," is to explain "how to" strategies that the Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRCs) use to improve or expand their parental involvement programs in public schools.

PDF Document IconA New Way of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement

PDF Document IconHandbook on Family & Community Engagement
This Handbook is intended to provide educators, community leaders, and parents with a succinct survey of the best research and practice accumulated over the years. More important, the Handbook is a guide—a lean and lucid roadmap with which we can travel to a new plain in our quest for each and every student’s academic, personal, social, and emotional development.

PDF Document Icon92 Ways to Involve Families and the Community in Education

PDF Document IconJohn Hopkins Family Engagement Partnership

PDF Document IconColorin Colorado--A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders

PDF Document IconHelping the Homeless in School and Out

PDF Document IconTexas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force’s Introduction to Human Trafficking

PDF Document IconParent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health
This publication defines and describes parent engagement and identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement in schools’ health promotion activities.

Web Links

Web Link IconTitle I Statewide School Support and Family & Community Engagement Initiative
Per HB 462, resources and services provided by Region 16 ESC are solely aligned with, and designed to support, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board of Education. Here you will find a plethora of information, resources and guides to assist you in providing support and services to parents, caregivers and families.

Web Link IconU.S. Department of Education Parent Involvement

Web Link IconU.S. Department of Education Family and Community Engagement

Web Link IconEducation World Parent Involvement in Schools
This website shares practical ways in which schools are involving parents. Read about parent involvement strategies that are working for others -- and that could work for you!

Web Link IconPTO Today School Family Nights
PTO Today has free School Family Night® kits that include planning tips, promotional materials, and step-by-step guidelines for running the event.

Web Link IconPTO Today Parental Involvement Resources
This websites provides tips, articles and tool kits to help increase parental involvement in your school.

Web Link IconParent, Family, and Community Engagement Professional Development Guide
This professional development guide was developed in conjunction with The Office of Head Start. This guide is for staff and managers from Head Start, Early Head Start, and early child care programs that explores different content areas and provides professional development resources and learning opportunities.

Web Link IconInstitute for Educational Leadership (IEL) Family & Community Engagement
For a half-century, the Institute for Educational Leadership has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families.

Web Link IconHEAD START: An Office of the Administration for Children and Families—Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center Parent, Family & Community Engagement Resources

Web Link IconChildhood Learning & Knowledge Center: Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Simulation: Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement Series
Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with a family. These relationships are key to our work with children and families, including the journey toward school readiness. Simulation 1 allows you to practice building bonds with families, beginning with an intake visit. Simulation 2 explores the process of developing and implementing goals with families. Simulation 3 explores using strengths-based attitudes to partner with families during challenging times.

Web Link IconNational Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Engaging Diverse Families Family Engagement
The NAEYC Engaging Diverse Families project identifies policies and practices exemplary programs use to engage diverse families successfully.

Web Link IconHarvard Family Research Project Family Involvement

Web Link IconNational Education Association (NEA) Parental Involvement in Education

Web Link IconNational Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Family Engagement

Web Link IconJohn Hopkins University National Network of Partnership Schools

Web Link IconEdutopia Family Engagement

Web Link IconCoalition for Community Schools Family Engagement

Web Link IconAchieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement Webinar Series
The Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement webinar series is an opportunity for stakeholders representing national, regional, and local organizations to learn about family, school, and community, engagement research, best practices from the field, and new innovations that are making a difference in school improvement and student learning.

Web Link IconNational Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.

Web Link IconCenters for Disease Control and Prevention Parents for Healthy Schools Campaign
Parents have a powerful role in supporting children’s health and learning. Engaged parents help guide their children successfully through school, advocate for their children, and can help shape a healthy school environment.1 CDC has developed a set of resources called Parents for Healthy Schools to help schools and school groups (e.g., parent teacher associations (PTA), parent teacher organizations (PTO), school wellness committees) engage parents to create healthy school environments.

Kimberly Baumgardner, M.Ed.
Educational Specialist Manager, Family Engagement
(210) 370-5431

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