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Family Partnerships

Family Partnerships and Engagement

Family Partnerships and Engagement is the process used to build authentic partnerships with families between school and home.


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Culture Counts: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children in Family Support Programs
Shannon Moodie, Manica Ramos | Child Trends & Alliance for Early Success | October 2014 

RoadMap Project
Addressing systemic barriers to racial equity, amplifying community voice, and building stronger systems in seven King County school districts. Clear, easy to understand and read data and current news!  

Charting a Course to Equitable Collaboration: Learning from Parent Engagement Initiatives in the Road Map Project
Road Map Project & College of Education University of Washington | June 2014

2018 National Advisory Council: Why Educational Equity is Everybody’s Business

Creating a Culture of Two-Way Communication

National PTA 
A resource for parents that offers useful information to parents and support you to stay involved in the life of your child every day 

Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family and Community Involvement
Information, resources and tools including, webinars, blogs, reports, and best practices reports, to help families, communities and schools to work in partnership with one another.

Dual Capacity Building Framework 
Karen Mapp video explaining Dual Capacity-Building Framework

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015. It is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA will be fully operational in school year 2017-18. OSPI is in the process of implementing the law, beginning with the identification of schools for Comprehensive and Targeted supports in the ESSA Index. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. 

Why Family Partnerships and Engagement?

Families have a major influence on their children’s achievement, in fact, research indicates that parent involvement at home has more than double the impact on student test scores than parents’ education level of socioeconomic status. When schools, families, and community groups work together to support student learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.

Our SPS families are critical partners, please check out opportunities to engage or explore the links to the right!


Family engagement refers to school-family partnerships. It is the collaborative interaction between educators and families in activities that promote student learning and positive child and youth development at home, in school, and in the community, including but not limited to:

  • Regular, two-way and meaningful communication between parents and school personnel 
  • Outreach to our diverse families
  • Parent education
  • Staff professional development
  • Volunteering at school
  • Decision-making and
  • Advocacy

Family Engagement is a shared responsibility which is continuous from Kindergarten through 12th grade and reinforces learning that takes place in all settings.

Who We Are

Family Partnerships is a capacity building department whose purpose is to is to support the district, schools, staff, and families to effectively build strong family partnerships and advocacy skills to improve student success and school culture through three key bodies of work: coaching, consulting, and professional development.

Learn more about our Family Partnerships Team!

Who We Work With

  • Parent and Family Groups
  • School Leaders
  • Community Groups
  • Community-based Organizations
  • District Staff

Our Essential Core Beliefs

  1. All families have dreams for their children and want the best for them.
  2. All families have the capacity to support their children’s learning.
  3. Families and school staff are equal partners.
  4. The responsibility of building partnerships between school and home rests primarily with school staff, especially school leaders.

The 4 Pillars of Family Engagement

The 4 Pillars of Family Engagement framework was codesigned in 2018 by the Family Engagement Task Force. This task force was comprised of SPS student family members, community-based organizations, school staff, and district staff from across the SPS district. Their mission was to center family engagement to ensure families and schools work together to support and improve the learning, development, and whole health of all SPS students. The pillars and the goals listed within the framework were designed to engage students, families, school and district staff, on a variety of levels and provide an accessible path for creating and maintaining family engagement best practices.

The Main Elements of the 4 Pillars:

  • Share Power and Responsibility
  • Facilitating Positive Interactions
  • Welcoming Environments
  • Two-Way Communication

Family engagement work is done through the Dual Capacity Building Framework and Seattle Public Schools’ 6 standards of family engagement.