Reframing Family Engagement
Search Institute has identified key shifts that can energize how schools and organizations partner with families. 6 Shifts: Where Is Your School or Organization? is a self-reflection tool that helps to examine your school or organization’s default mindsets and practices, identifying opportunities to explore and strengthen.
6 Shifts: Where Is Your School or Organization?
It can be challenging for leaders and practitioners to engage and partner with families. It might appear that too many families are too busy or overwhelmed, uninterested, or simply unavailable and unable to be resources for their kids. In reality, we’ve identified dozens of challenges — practical barriers, attitudes and expectations, and institutional barriers — that make family engagement difficult.
We’ve identified six shifts of emphasis that can help recognize these barriers and energize how your organization works with families.
- A shift from focusing all resources on one developmental period and one setting (child care) towards engaging families across multiple transitions and settings.
- A shift from focusing on families’ deficits, risks, or dysfunction to building on families' strengths and resilience.
- A shift from recruiting families to participate in programs to deepening mutual, trusting relationships with families.
- A shift from building parenting skills to nurturing relationships within families.
- A shift from helping individual families on their own to cultivating relationships among families.
- A shift from serving families to empowering families.
Social Capital Assessment + Learning for Equity (SCALE) Measures
The Social Capital Assessment + Learning for Equity (SCALE) Measures User Guide and Technical Manual are tools that help organizations build social capital.
The Power of Social Capital
The Power of Social Capital highlights the importance of measuring social capital and its impact on young people.
Virtual Check-ins to Keep Connected
A series of digital check-ins designed to help practitioners engage in meaningful ways with the parenting adults and guardians of young people they serve.