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Serving school districts in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties in Ohio

Family Engagement Resources for Educators

Family Engagement Resources for Educators

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Below you will find resources and tools to take your family engagement practice to the next level. Whether you are looking for a new strategy to address an opportunity for growth or reconsidering your organization's entire approach to family-school-community partnerships, State Support Team 7 has collected these timely and relevant resources to support your practice.

Family Engagement and Special Education

All students are entitled to a free appropriate public education. The Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children provides resources and support to districts and schools that support children with exceptionalities and their families. 


OCALI works to develop and share practices grounded in linking research to real-life so that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives.

Charting the LifeCourse 

Charting the LifeCourse is a tool to assist you in creating a vision for the future. These tools and resources can help you realize that wherever your child is on the journey, their experiences shape how they will live in the future.

Family Engagement Toolkit: Continuous Improvement Through an Equity Lens

This toolkit developed by the California Department of Education provides resources and information about effective family engagement while considering the needs and access to opportunities for all students. 

Family Engagement and Early Learning

Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Strong family-school partnership has benefits for learners, teachers, and families. Head Start's Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center provides resources and information for early learning educators to improve and sustain their family engagement practice.

Family Engagement in Early Literacy: A Rubric and Guide for School Teams

This rubric, written by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center in collaboration with the Ohio Family and Community Engagement Network, is for a school building team to focus on implementing system-level changes and monitoring practices on an annual basis to document and celebrate growth. 

Family Math Resources from the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement

There is a common misconception that math is learned only in schools. In reality, math is learned everywhere, all the time, starting from the earliest age. This website has information and resources to promote family math activities and awareness.

Supporting Early Language and Literacy At Home

This one page information sheet provides roles for families and educators to support early language and literacy at home.

Family Engagement and Continuous Improvement

Ohio Department of Education and Workforce: Family Engagement and Federal Programs

Family Engagement activities are required under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also currently known as the Every Student Succeeds Act. Further, use of federal funds on family engagement activities are allowable under many federal programs. The Ohio Department of Education's Office of Federal Programs is an excellent resource for all things related to federal funds.

Ohio Department of Education and Workforce: Ohio’s Whole Child Framework

Ohio’s Whole Child Framework also places the whole child at the center, with district, school, family and community supporting the needs of the whole child using a comprehensive approach. Here you will find information about the Framework and resources to get started.

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center: A Tiered Approach to Family Engagement

This tool helps educators and school teams organize their thinking about family engagement in to tiers so that they can effectively and efficiently meet the needs of each student and family.

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center: Assessing Your Family Engagement Needs

This family engagement needs assessment was designed for school leadership teams to measure the quality of their family engagement practice and identify opportunities for growth.

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center: Family Surveys for Schools to Use

This resource includes a table that describes and provides links to many surveys for schools to use with families and other important stakeholders.

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center: On-Demand Professional Learning

Here you will find free videos and podcasts for those who work in schools to grow as professionals in the area of family engagement in education hosted by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center.

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center: PBIS Family Engagement Rubrics

These rubrics are designed to assist school teams with identifying the areas relating to PBIS and family engagement that are well established and those areas that need to be strengthened.

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center: Redesign Your Family Engagement Practice

This worksheet walks educators and school teams through the process of re-designing a current family engagement practice through principles of universal design.

U.S. Department of Education - Newcomer Toolkit

This resource includes information and resources on being responsive to the needs of students and families who are new to the United States.

New: Professional Development Series through the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at the Ohio State University is proud to sponsor a new 4-year school counselor professional development series grant called Hatching Results with Dr. Brett Zyromski. He will facilitate 6 days of training a year from Fall 2024 - Spring 2028 for middle school/junior high school counselors. 

The purpose of the training series is to ”support you in developing student-centered, data-driven programs that fulfill your district and school goals. We'll discuss programs that increase attendance, reduce behavioral referral rates, increase academic achievement, and enhance your confidence to partner with families."

Location: Central Ohio. The location will be determined at a later date.

Who: Middle and junior high school counselors. Special note: An administrator (principal/assistant principal) will need to attend the first training date of each year with the school counselor.

2024 - 2025 Training Dates: August 8 - 9, 2024, December 12 - 13, 2024, May 15 - 16, 2025

Time: 8:30 - 3:30.

Go to https://go.osu.edu/hatchingresults to apply, download the informational flyer, or watch recorded information session,

Please contact Anne Ditlevson at SST7 if you have further questions.