Authentic Engagement Practices
How are educational partners involved in the development and periodic refinement of the LEA’s vision, LCAP development and implementation, and school wide learner outcomes?
View the California Department of Education’s Family Engagement Toolkit: Continuous Improvement Through an Equity Lens
Be sure to conduct measurement on an ongoing basis, and focus on both quantitative and qualitative data.
Identify Current Levels of Connections to Student Learning in Family Engagement Efforts. Plan to Strengthen Connections to Student Learning
Establish ongoing processes to gather information through regular surveys, workshop evaluations, interviews, home visits, observations, and focus groups.
Acknowledge the contributions and current relationships of parents and families and communicate understanding of their needs and expectations for their students.
Intentionally build and sustain respectful and trusting relationships between staff, educators, and families by creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment at all schools, including preschools.
Provide opportunities and supports for parents and families to organize and sustain active advisory groups and other parent groups, including, but not limited to: Parent Advisory Committee, English Learner Parent Advisory Committee, LEA wellness councils, and other LEA/site level councils and advisory committees responsible for planning and implementing training, fundraising, and other activities for parents.
Provide translation, especially simultaneous translation when possible, for parents and families with a primary language other than English and include opportunities for questions.