Forum Highlights and Videos
- Click here to access the paper, Beyond Random Acts.
- Click here to access a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation.
About the Forum
On November 9, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) sponsored a National Policy Forum on Family, School, and Community Engagement, held in Washington, D.C. The forum provided an opportunity for a diverse group of families, community members, education practitioners, philanthropists, and representatives from federal and state agencies to develop a policy strategy that fosters systemic, integrated, and sustainable family and community engagement that connects to student learning.
Effective family and community engagement emphasizes shared responsibility for student success; continuous engagement from birth to young adulthood; and engagement wherever children learn—in the home, school, and community. Recognizing this, the USDE designed the forum to spark new directions for federal, state, and local policies that can drive these opportunities. Over two dozen experts engaged in dynamic, interactive discussions about the role of family, school, and community engagement (FSCE) in education reform. These video highlights from the Policy Forum reveal the major themes that emerged from the panels at the forum.
Everyone present—from the panelists to the participants to special guest speakers from USDE—agreed that FSCE is a key component of successful education reform that needs to be implemented in a more systemic, integrated, and sustainable way. The forum emphasized the fact that the essential elements of successful school reform—which include a focus on teaching and learning, a rigorous curriculum, teacher and principal effectiveness, a positive school climate and FSCE—operate as parts of an interconnected system.
A number of major themes emerged for how this broader vision of family and community engagement can be accomplished, including policy levers for change and the use of data to create meaningful partnerships between schools, families and communities. This video summary highlights those themes, and is organized by the issues raised during each of the expert panel discussions.