How Family, School, and Community Engagement Can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform

How Family, School, and Community Engagement Can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform

Engaging parents and community members can help improve student outcomes and advance school improvement, a report from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation finds. Based on a literature and data review, the report, How Family, School, and Community Engagement Can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform (24 pages, PDF), found that the most effective strategies included engaging parents in their children's learning through social networks, empowering parents with opportunities to fill leadership roles, offering classes to parents, and providing families with opportunities to engage with their children's education both at home and in school. Research also suggested that community organizations can help improve student and school outcomes by supporting family engagement, extended learning, and related social services. According to the report, the foundational elements of successful collaborations include a focus on building respectful and trusting relationships, supportive and engaged school leaders, skilled staff that work to align the interests and activities of partners, and thorough data collection and analysis to determine priorities.