Parent involvement, family engagement — whatever you want to call it, the link between parents and education is getting a lot of attention these days.
On Tuesday, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced a new set of guidelines that schools and districts could use to form partnerships with families. Called the Dual Capacity Framework, the plan encourages states and school districts to train staff and parents on how they can work together.
“When parents are involved in the educational process of their children, students are more likely to attend school regularly, to take more rigorous courses, earn higher grades, graduate, and go on to both college and careers,” Duncan said in an introductory video.
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More resources are expected to be released in the coming months.
Back in December, Education Lab published a front-page story about a parent mentor program in Chicago that serves as a national model for family engagement. The story was accompanied by a round-up of guest columns from local education advocates and a series of comments from readers who have seen successful engagement programs at work in their schools. In February, we partnered the The Roadmap Project to host a community panel discussion on this topic.
How have you seen family engagement at work in your school? What do you think of the new federal guidelines? Share your thoughts in the comments section.