Build Staff Skills — Coaching Moment
Prepare staff to implement family engagement strategies to benefit families and youth.
Instructions: Click the pointers below to see the How-To Action Steps.
Help staff improve their family engagement efforts by having them share and question their assumptions about program families.
Family engagement differs greatly for elementary, middle and high school students. Staff should provide involvement opportunities that youth and families will be excited about. For example, programs for middle and high school youth can focus on topics related to college and career preparation.
How-To Action Steps
- Use the K-5 Family Engagement Strategies and 6-12 Family Engagement Training Starters to learn different family engagement strategies depending on the age of youth served.
- Encourage staff to talk to youth and design involvement opportunities that would be most effective and appreciated by their families.
Staff don't need to design and organize all family engagement activities and events, but rather connect families to one another and link them to helpful community resources.
How-To Action Steps
- Develop a family handbook that includes contact information for helpful area nonprofits, organizations and businesses.
- Use the Connecting Families to Supports Training Starter to help staff recognize opportunities for families.
Professional learning should be an ongoing process, not just a single event.
- 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