Actively Reflect and Revise
Tip #5: Provide staff with clay, squishy balls, or other manipulatives to accommodate different learning and focusing styles.
Tip #6: Use humor to keep people engaged and create a relaxed, focused environment.
To learn more about these and other training tips, use the Training Guide and Template.
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Because every family is different, and involvement needs and goals change over the course of the year and as youth change, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Just as program activities and focus areas change throughout the year, family engagement should evolve to meet the needs of families and youth at that moment.
- Provide time for family engagement planning — engagement won't happen by accident.
- Find ways to evaluate your family engagement efforts that include consistently speaking with families.
- Designate a family engagement lead or planning committee to ensure that new and innovative engagement strategies are always brainstormed and tested.
- Provide time and space to discuss family engagement challenges and goals
- 2Key Terms
- 3Family Engagement Diagram
- 4Why Is It Important?
- 5Great Benefits, Low Turnout
- 6Reasons Why Families Don't Connect
- 7Overcome Challenges
- 8Back to Basics
- 9Assess Your Family Engagement
- 10Plot Your Challenges
- 11Building Blocks of Family Engagement
- 12Build Relationships
- 13Communicate With Families
- 14Know Your Families
- 15Do's and Don'ts for a Welcoming Environment
- 16Understand the Cultures You Serve
- 17Be Open to Different Types of Engagement Activities
- 18Meet Family Needs
- 19Getting Input From Families
- 20Expand Services to Engage Families
- 21Four Key Types of Engagement
- 22Adult Development Activities
- 23Spotlight Topic: Drug and Alcohol Prevention
- 24Shared Activities for Students and Families
- 25Governance and Leadership Opportunities
- 26School and Community — Linking Activities
- 27Support Families
- 28Benefits of Family Engagement
- 29Working With Families in Rural Areas — Understand Needs
- 30Working With Families in Rural Areas — Strategies
- 31Working With Culturally Diverse Families — Understand Needs
- 32Working With Culturally Diverse Families — Strategies
- 33Working With Nontraditional Families — Understand Needs
- 34Working With Nontraditional Families — Strategies
- 35Special Challenges: Families Facing Drug and Alcohol Problems
- 36Keep It Going
- 37Learn More Library
- 40Check for Understanding
- 1Implementing Family Engagement
- 2Know Families and Their Cultures
- 3Know Families and Their Cultures — Coaching Moment
- 4Understand Challenges to Family Engagement
- 5Understand Challenges to Family Engagement — Coaching Moment
- 6Engage Families
- 7Create a Welcoming Environment
- 8Support Families
- 9Support Families — Coaching Moment
- 10Pull It Together
- 11Additional Resources