Educator Resources

Tools for Communicating Effectively with Families

Screen Shot 2020-12-18 at 09.49.01TalkingPoints is a non-profit organization solely focused on family engagement for families of under-resourced, multilingual communities. TalkingPoints is a free app that supports educators in interacting with any family member regardless of language – Educators write a message in English, families message back in their own language.

Framework and Conditions for Effective Partnerships

Dual Capacity-Building FrameworkThe Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 2). The Dual Capacity-Building Framework lays out the goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement and school improvement.  Based on existing research and best practices, the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships is designed to support the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs.


Framework Checklist/RubricProcess Conditions Descriptions and Rubrics.  The process conditions articulate what we now know about the actions or steps we need to build into our planning of a family engagement event, program, or initiative to ensure its success. (Powerful Partnerships, Mapp, et al, 2017)



Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships Handout: The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 1)
“As a result of this enhanced capacity on the part of the district and school staff and families, districts and schools are able to cultivate and sustain at scale active, respectful, and effective partnerships with families…”

Assessing Your Practice

Examine Your Beliefs

High Impact Strategies

Family Engagement Toolkits

FACE Toolkit CoverWorking Together Toolkit. Created for educators by the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center, this toolkit covers everything from creating two-way communication with families to setting goals and parent-teacher conferences.

FACE Toolkit CoverFamily Engagement for High School Success.  A joint effort by United Way Worldwide and Harvard Family Research Project, this toolkit is designed to support at-risk high school students by engaging families, schools, and the community (2011).

Family-Friendly Resources