Policies that Support SWIFT Trusting Family Partnerships
Did you know: Research shows that family engagement is a strong predictor of positive student outcomes both in the short term and long term, in the form of benefits to students, families, educational systems, and communities! These improved student outcomes include positive gains in literacy and math, as well as reductions in disciplinary actions and in-school suspensions. Many schools, however, do not know the best ways for fostering partnerships with families.
1) Involve parents in the development of school improvement plans
2) Provide schools with the supports necessary to plan and implement effective parent involvement activities
3) Build school's and parents' capacity for strong parental involvement
4) Integrate parental involvement strategies between programs, such as Head Start, Early Reading First, etc.
5) Conduct an annual evaluation with parents on the effectiveness of parental involvement policies
6) Involve parents in school acitivies and communicate with them in ways and languages they understand.
For more information on family-school partnership policies and how they exist within the five SWIFT Domains,
read this SWIFT Issue Brief