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  • In Action

    WORKING SYSTEMICALLY

    Engaging Family & Community

    A G U I D E F O R F A C I L I T A T O R S

  • Engaging Family & Community

    working systemically

    In Action Engaging Family & Community

    Authors

    Chris Ferguson Catherine Jordan Marion Baldwin

    Contributors

    D’Ette Cowan K. Victoria Dimock

    Stacey Joyner Shirley Beckwith

    Lacy Wood Zena Rudo

    A G U I D E F o R FAC I L I tAto R S

  • SEDL

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    Austin, tX 78723

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    ISBN number: 978-0-9777208-5-9

    Document preparation and layout for this book was done by Joni Wackwitz, Shaila Abdullah, Luis Martinez, and Brian Litke.

    Suggested citation in APA format: Ferguson, C., Jordan, C., & Baldwin, M. (2010). Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community. Austin, tX: SEDL.

    Copyright © 2010 by SEDL. All rights reserved. Educators and nonprofit organizations are welcome to use this guide to promote the integration of family and community engagement as part of a systemic approach to improvement and may copy and distribute pages or sections at no cost to recipients. Such users should credit SEDL as publisher and respect the copyrights of designated illustrators, designers, and contributors. For additional uses of this publication, including reproduction or utilization in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical (e.g., photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system), please request permission in writing from SEDL at 4700 Mueller Blvd., Austin, tX 78723 or by filling out and submitting a SEDL Copyright Request Permission form at http://www.sedl.org/about/copyright_request.html on the SEDL Web site.

  • Acknowledgments

    As a member of the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group (Working Group), SEDL is part of a nationwide effort to promote bold, innovative policies and programs for effective family engagement and school-community partnerships. this collaborative informs the development and implementation of federal policy related to family, school, and community engagement in education and is dedicated to mobilizing partnerships among families, schools, and communities to promote kindergarten readiness, improve schools, and increase student achievement. to accomplish its goals, the Working Group has drawn on decades of research and the rich experiences of its members to create a description of effective family and community engagement to ground its work. this description helps frame the concepts, processes, and actions suggested in this guide. We wish to express our appreciation to the members of the Working Group for its contributions to Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community.

  • ContentsContents

    Introduction to Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community ............................................................................................1

    overview of SEDL’s Systemic Approach to Improvement ..................................................................... 1

    Using this Guide ................................................................................................................................................... 5

    Research on Family and Community Engagement ............................................................9

    Student Achievement and School Improvement ...................................................................................10

    Systemic Support for Family and Community Engagement Practices ...........................................10

    Focus on Student Learning .............................................................................................................................12

    Maximizing Resources ......................................................................................................................................12

    Culture of Engagement ....................................................................................................................................13

    Family and Community Engagement: Defining Effective Practice ................................................................................................................15

    Putting Family and Community Engagement into Action ..............................................19

    Phases ..................................................................................................................................23

    Phase I: Scanning the System ........................................................................................................................25

    Phase II: Analyzing the System ......................................................................................................................31

    Phase III: Planning Action ................................................................................................................................37

    Phase IV: taking Action and Monitoring Progress ..................................................................................45

    Phase V: Assessing and Reflecting on outcomes ...................................................................................51

    Tools .....................................................................................................................................57

    tool 1.1: Sample Data Report .........................................................................................................................58

    tool 1.2: Explanation for Working Systemically in Action: Engaging Family & Community .......................................................................................................................60

    Tool 1.2, Part A: Family and Community Engagement in a Systemic Approach to Improvement ...................................................................................................... 61

    Tool 1.2, Part B: Common Types of Family and Community Engagement .......................................................................................................................... 62

  • tool 2.1: Identifying a Representative Leadership team ......................................................................64

    Tool 2.1, Part A: Leadership Team Membership ................................................................................... 65

    Tool 2.1, Part B: Identifying Representative Leadership Team Members ............................................................................................................................................ 66

    Tool 2.1, Part C: Leadership Team Identification Organizer .............................................................. 67

    tool 2.2: Factors Affecting team Effectiveness ........................................................................................68

    tool 2.3: Consensus Decision Making .........................................................................................................72

    tool 2.4: Effective Collaboration ...................................................................................................................74

    tool 2.5: Definition of Family and Community Engagement .............................................................76

    tool 2.6: Resources for Collecting Perceptual Data ................................................................................78

    Tool 2.6, Part A: Stakeholder Survey........................................................................................................ 81

    Tool 2.6, Part B: Understanding Community Context ........................................................................ 83

    Tool 2.6, Part C: Understanding District and School Context ........................................................... 85

    Tool 2.6, Part D: System Capacity for Family and Community Rubric ............................................ 88

    tool 2.7: Data Analysis ......................................................................................................................................94

    tool 2.8: Gap Analysis and Shared Vision of the Ideal State ................................................................96

    Tool 2.8, Part A: Gap Analysis ................................................................................................................... 98

    Tool 2.8, Part B: Shared Vision of the Ideal State .................................................................................. 99

    tool 2.9: Sample Summary of team’s Work ............................................................................................ 100

    tool 3.1: Making the Case for Best Practice ............................................................................................ 102

    tool 3.2: Planning for Communications .................................................................................................. 104

    tool 4.1: Leadership for Family and Community Engagement ...................................................... 106

    tool 5.1: Family and Community Engagement Implementation Assessment ...................................................................................................................... 110

    tool 5.2: Reflection Guide ..................................................................