Select Trainings to Fit Staff and Program Needs
Tip #3: When asking a question, have an example of your own ready to share with participants.
Tip #4: Circulate during group work to check on progress and see what should be addressed in more detail.
To learn more about these and other training tips, use the Training Guide and Template.
Which trainings are most important for your staff?
Use Training Starters to jump-start creating your own trainings, or click on a Training to Go for a full presentation that is ready to use with your team. Find these resources with accompanying documents under the Teach section, or click on the links below.
Trainings to Go
Improve communication with families. Create a program environment that welcomes and seeks out family involvement.
Help staff recognize their own "cultural lenses" or biases, and learn how to respect families and children regardless of their backgrounds.
Connect families to one another and resources within and outside your program.
Learn engagement strategies for families of younger youth.
Gain engagement strategies for families with older youth.
- 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