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National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Families are essential partners to schools...

....in the shared mission to help every child reach their full potential.

PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships set the bar for how schools and parent organizations work together to support student success. 

The Standards have contributed to greater awareness and capacity for improving family-school partnerships across the country and internationally for over 20 years. 

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Getting Started with the Standards



Get to know the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships by exploring the definitions, goals and indicators for each of the six tenets, as well as what has changed since the 2008 version.

Discover what the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships look like in action and assess your own school community’s implementation of PTA’s National Standards.

Explore National PTA’s family engagement focused policy asks to learn how you can advocate for stronger family-school partnerships nationwide.


Transforming Family-School Partnerships with PTA's National Standards Webinar Series


Join PTA’s Center for Family Engagement and the Institute for Educational Leadership for a continuation of our webinar series that will dive into deeper topics related to strengthening family-school partnerships through the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

This series will highlight systems issues related to family engagement through panel discussions with leading practitioners, researchers and policymakers who are improving family-school partnerships so that all children can reach their full potential. 

Watch our first webinar in the 2024 series below!

Webinar 1: Sustainable Funding for Family Engagement
Webinar 1: Sustainable Funding for Family Engagement
Webinar 2: De-Politicizing Family Engagement and SEL
Webinar 2: De-Politicizing Family Engagement and SEL

National Standards Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Sustainable Funding for Family Engagement Beyond the ESSER Cliff

Moderator:
Kwesi Rollins (Institute for Education Leadership)
Panelists:
Laura Anderson (Edunomics Lab)
Tracy Hill (Cleveland Metropolitan School District)
Tiffany Miller (Learning Policy Institute)
Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari (Alliance for Quality Education)

Webinar 2: De-Politicizing Family Engagement and Social and Emotional Learning

Moderator:
Jennifer Miller (Confident Parents, Confident Kids)
Panelists:
Rose Acerra (National PTA)
Dr. Joshua Garcia (Tacoma Public Schools)
Juan Carlos Ocon (Benito Juarez Community Academy)
Lakeisha Steele (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning [CASEL])

Watch our initial five webinars in the series below to learn best practices and strategies for implementing PTA’s six National Standards.

Webinar 1: Welcome All Families
Webinar 1: Welcome All Families
Webinar 2: Communicate Effectively
Webinar 2: Communicate Effectively
Webinar 3: Support Student Success
Webinar 3: Support Student Success
Webinar 4: Speak Up for Every Child and Share Power
Webinar 4: Speak Up for Every Child and Share Power
Webinar 5: Collaborate with Community?
Webinar 5: Collaborate with Community

National Standards Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Welcome All Families

Moderator:
Kenya Bradshaw (Reconstruction US)
Panelists:
Regina Elmi (Supporting Parent in Education and Beyond)
Debbie Riley (Center for Adoption Support and Education)
Liz Rios (Center for Restorative Justice Works)

Webinar 2: Communicate Effectively

Moderator:
Stacey Grissom (National Education Association)
Panelists:
Alejandro Gibes de Gac (Springboard Collaborative)
Dr. Soo Hong (Wellesley College)
Heejae Lim (TalkingPoints)
Yesenia Ramirez (Parent Teacher Home Visits)

Webinar 3: Support Student Success

Moderator:
Dr. Margaret Caspe (National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement)
Panelists:
D'Lisa Crain (Washoe County School District)
Dr. JuDonn DeShields (PowerMyLearning)
Windy Lopez-Afflito (Learning Heroes)
Dr. Maria Paredes (WestEd)

Webinar 4: Speak Up for Every Child and Share Power

Moderator:
Eddie Koen (Institute for Educational Leadership)
Panelists:
Susie Crafton (Michigan PTA)
Marcia Coward (DeKalb County School District)
Lindsay Kubatzky (National Center for Learning Disabilities)
Adrian Smith (Human Rights Campaign)

Webinar 5: Collaborate with Community

Moderator:
Kristi Swett (National School Boards Association)
Panelists:
Whitney Fields (National Center for Families Learning)
Marco Harris (Albuquerque Public Schools)
José Muñoz (Coalition for Community Schools)
Dr. Kim Robinson (The Forum for Youth Investment)


Updated Standards Designed for Multiple Audiences

 

These updated National Standards for Family-School Partnerships are designed for multiple audiences, but specifically for:

  • School, district and state education leaders who wish to ensure that their family-school partnership efforts are adequately implemented, funded and monitored

  • PTA and other family and community leaders who want to know how to support and push their schools to better partner with the families in their communities

  • Families, educators and young people who want to know what questions to ask and things to look for to find or help build a school with strong family-school partnerships

  • Researchers who want to use an updated framework to explore the impacts and implementation of family-school partnerships

  • Policymakers and private funders who want to invest in stronger communities through family-school partnerships


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Raising the Bar with the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships: A Virtual Town Hall


Tune in to learn about the latest version of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and discover how the Standards can help you create systems that help our children and communities thrive.



Explore the National Standards

Visit one of the six standards to learn more.

National Standards 1

National Standards 2

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National Standards 4

National Standards 5

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Tools for Leaders and School Districts

 

Relevant Resources


 

Podcast Episode Highlights How State Education Agencies Utilize National PTA's Standards

The Director of Family-School Partnerships at Colorado Department of Education, Darcy Hutchins, shares how states and districts can embed best practices into their protocols to ensure strong family-school partnerships. She also offers advice for where families can look for information about policies affecting their own communities.



Research

Take a look at the latest findings from our national parent survey conducted in collaboration with Edge Research.

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Supplemental PTA Survey Findings

Edge Research has provided the following data dashboards for reference based upon our survey findings.





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