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December 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Your voices: Readers define ‘family engagement’

“Engagement” is a word that gets tossed around frequently in discussions surrounding K-12 education. But what exactly does it mean?

The National PTA recently highlighted the need for a common definition to the term on its website. We decided to pose the same question to Education Lab readers, but with an added challenge: Limit the definitions to no more than one full sentence. A selection of responses follows:

It would start with documented communication between the school and the parent.

—Charles R. Hoff, Kent

Family engagement simply means that families are active participants in their children’s education.

—Kezia Willingham, Seattle

An ongoing and purposeful, two-way, culturally appropriate relationship between schools and families resulting in positive academic, as well as peripheral effects for students.

—Joel Domingo, Seattle

Family supervision and encouragement of children’s academic progress.

—Vince Slupski, Seattle

Family engagement means that a child arrives at school physically, mentally and emotionally ready to learn.

—Cindy Fuller, Bothell

Loving the kids in the family and within that love setting reasonable and effective limits so that kids can succeed in all things they pursue.

—Juan Espinoza, Mount Vernon

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