Trise Moore has spent more than 20 years in K–12 systems, and she’s never met an educator who didn’t want to be inspired or supported by their student’s family. Studies show students with involved families do better academically, and community engagement leads to greater equity for all kids—from EAL students to introverts.
In practice, family engagement takes real, active work. It’s based on choices we have to make every day, and a major shift in the mental perspective we bring to every family interaction. The truth is, families aren’t involved or uninvolved—they are reached, or we’ve left them unreached. This workbook will ask a lot of you. It requires self-reflection, real discussion with parents, and development of a genuine professional learning community with at least a few motivated colleagues.
The payoff for completing it is incomparable: higher chances of success for every student, for the rest of their lives. That’s because we aren’t just building family relationships in our classrooms—we’re going to develop the tools and strategies with family input and support that will make them effective advocates for their children, forever.