National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

PTA’s process for building successful partnerships starts with the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and consists of three steps:

  • Raising awareness about the power of family and community involvement.
  • Taking action to cultivate involvement through specific programs and practices.
  • Celebrating success as your school sees increased involvement and its impact. 

National Standards Puzzle Pieces

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Family Engagement Makes an Impact

The Center for Family Engagement has partnered with the Global Family Research Project to bring you the latest research on how parents can support their child’s and school’s success. Discover five ways families, teachers, schools and communities can work together to support children’s learning and school success.

Family Walking

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Transformative Family Engagement eLearning Course

Are you a local PTA leader who wants to learn practical strategies to make your family engagement practices more transformative?

Our new e-learning course is designed to help PTAs be role models and advocates for more equitable and effective family engagement practices in their schools.

This 25 minute course describes the “Four I's” of transformative family engagement—being inclusive, individualized, integrated, and impactful—and gives you examples of what they look like in action. National PTA log-in required.


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Whole Child Education

Have you been hearing a lot of buzz around whole child education, but not sure what it is? Perhaps you’re already an advocate for whole child education and are looking for research to help convince others in your community. Our latest briefs have something for everyone:

What is Whole Child Education? provides an overview of whole child education and what it looks like in action.

Family Guide to Fostering Whole Child Development offers concrete strategies for helping your child develop important life skills at school and at home.

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