Family Engagement

When families and schools work together, students succeed. Engaging families in order to create a collaborative partnership between families and schools is at the core of our PTA work. Through family events, programs, advocacy and community outreach, PTAs across the country are building strong communities and creating ties to their school in fun, engaging and innovative ways. 

PTA's role in raising awareness about the importance of family engagement in education and taking action to build connections between school and home is more important than ever! 

Raise Awareness, Take Action & Celebrate Your PTA's Success

  • National PTA's Standards for Family-School PartnershipsProvides a framework for how PTA leaders, parents, educators, community members, and students can work together for the educational success, health and well-being of all children and youth. 

  • Four 'I's of Transformative Family Engagement. Amplify your reach with innovative approaches, cutting-edge research, and best practices to help your PTA become more inclusive, individualized, integrated and impactful in its approach to family engagement.

  • National PTA School of Excellence ProgramBy enrolling in this program your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment to identify and implement a family engagement action plan for school improvement based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and the Four 'I's of Family Engagement. Upon completion your school may be designated as a School of Excellence denoting that you are leading the nation in your approach to building an inclusive and welcoming school-community. 

  • November is Family Engagement Month! Set aside time to raise awareness and celebrate the important work your PTA is doing to grow family engagement.

National PTA Standards for Family to School Partnerships

Standard 1—Welcoming All Families into the School Community
Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.

Standard 2—Communicating Effectively
Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.

Standard 3—Supporting Student Success
Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

Standard 4—Speaking Up for Every Child
Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

Standard 5—Sharing Power
Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.

Standard 6—Collaborating with Community
Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.


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