Partnering with Schools

Families play a critical role in a child’s academic success. Partnerships between families and schools promote student growth and achievement as schools and families work together to meet the needs of each child. The resources below provide strategies to develop effective partnerships.

CPIR is a central source for resources and information for parents. A review of the subjects covered in the Resource section of the website leads to resources on topics such as advocacy, parent involvement, policy, school reform, standards, and use of data.

The link between families and positive behavioral interventions and supports is an important one. The PBIS Center offers information to help families become more meaningfully involved in in their child's education and social development. The PBIS Center offers resources on family involvement within Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

CADRE provides information on how families and schools can work together to improve children’s education and solve disputes at the lowest possible levels.  One such resource is the webinar, Playing Nicely Together: Family-Centered Practices to Help Practitioners and Families Work Together. This webinar focuses on the fundamentals of creating supportive and effective family-practitioner relationships. The group of presenters, representing family, practitioner, and technical assistance perspectives, share some of the building blocks of relationships, family-centered practices, and examples of exemplary family-practitioner collaboration. You can also access the presentation from this webinar. View the Recording (Captioned Version)

The US Department of Education’s Family and Community Engagement website includes a framework for building greater support and capacity in schools, homes and communities, so ALL students have the chance to succeed. Get ideas for how to bring your passion, talents, and energy to help students and to make your neighborhood schools stronger. YOU can make a difference. You can help young people in your neighborhood have a strong start and prepare for college and for their careers.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning provides a host of resources for families and educators to promote knowledge development to ensure  equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning  programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and
  5. transition to postsecondary education and the workforce

IRIS Center offers a wide variety of free, online resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices, including modules, case studies and research summaries developed in collaboration with nationally-recognized researchers and education experts, to support the education of all children, particularly those with disabilities. 

Collaborating with Families - Designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families, this Module highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities.