Family Engagement Findings

February 1, 2019

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Spring 2019 Parent Leadership Academy, Cohort #7

We have kicked off another Parent Leadership Academy cohort!

Districts/Charters represented in this cohort include:


Lytle ISD

Southwest ISD

Brooks Academy Science and Engineering

Boerne ISD

Northside ISD

Alamo Colleges

East Central ISD

Edgewood ISD

Kenedy ISD

South San ISD

Great Hearts Charter

Shout Out!

Beacon Hill Elementary School, SAISD brought a group of parents to attend "Six Easy Ways to Support Your Child's Literacy" parent training on January 24th.

Parents had the opportunity to meet other parents in different districts and take away resources and examples of how they can help their child improve their reading skills!

Have you considered bringing your parents on a field trip to ESC-20 to attend a parent training?

Let me know how I can help!

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Share February's Upcoming Parent Trainings & Webinars with your Families! PDF Copies are also posted online at

If you haven't viewed this week's Parent Perusals, Valentine's Edition, check it out & share with your families!

Share this FREE Event with Your Families! Download the Flyers Below!

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Supporting Undocumented Students and Families in K-12

Educators are often the first adults that children come to when searching for answers and support about their or their family's immigration status. While educators are not expected to know the specifics of immigration law, they should know basic rights that are available to all students regardless of their immigration status. In addition, educators must be aware of ways they can create safe classroom spaces through strategies and relevant curriculum. This training is intended for teachers and educators who work directly with students.


  • Educators will understand the federal and state policies pertaining to undocumented students
  • Educators will understand the experience and challenges of K-12 undocumented students
  • Educator will gain a set of effective practices and skills that will allow them to create a safe and welcoming classroom culture for all of their students

Date: February 19, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM--4:00 PM

Fee: $0

Session ID#: 57760

Register HERE.

Family Engagement: Link to Student Learning

Date: February 26, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Location: ESC-20

Session ID: 50817

Fee: $25

Family Engagement is not just about inviting families to attend events on your campus, but when you do plan events on your campus, how are they linked to student learning?

This session will focus on strategies and ideas to not only link student learning to events, but everything you do within your school so families can clearly understand, be involved with, and communicate what their child is learning and how they are a part of it.

Register NOW!

Family Engagement Network Meeting #3

Date: February 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Location: ESC-20

Session ID: 50799

Fee: $0

Agenda coming soon!

Register NOW!

Title III Increasing and Strengthening Parental Outreach

This session details the responsibilities local educational agencies (LEAs) have to provide parental outreach training and activities to English learners (ELs), immigrant students, and their families. More specifically, how the Title III, Part A-funded LEAS are required to provide supplemental community participation programs, services, and training. It is important that LEAs offer a variety of activities that are designated to support academic achievement. Participants will receive a Guiding and Planning Companion tool.

Furthermore, participants will also receive training on Family Engagement and Community Engagement Resource Tools. The resource tools provide planning documents and specific examples of activities LEAs and ESCs may implement to support family engagement and community engagement using their Title III, Part A funds.

Date: April 11, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m.--3:30 p.m.

Location: ESC-20

Fee: $0

Session ID#57544

Register HERE.

TAPPestry Conference Registration is OPEN!

Please share with your families & staff that have or work with children receiving special education services!

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Going Beyond Good Grades: What if Parents Knew What Teachers Know?

This is a GREAT read and so true! Data has consistently indicated that parents and teachers are not on the same page when it comes to understanding how their child is performing academically in school.


Please take the time to check out this report compiled by Learning Heroes. The article delves deeper into this "disconnect"--parents' widespread belief that their children perform at or above grade level vs. national data suggesting only about 1/3 of students actually do so.

Three Insights:

1. Parenting Styles Drive How Parents Engage in Their Child’s Education: Most parents believe they are involved in their child’s education as much as they should be, yet depending upon their parenting style, they have different thresholds for involvement, leaving teachers to navigate a range of approaches from parents.

2. Report Cards Sit at the Center of the Disconnect: Parents rely heavily on report card grades as their primary source of information and assume good grades mean their child is performing at grade level. Yet two-thirds of teachers say report cards also reflect effort, progress, and participation in class, not just mastery of grade-level content. Teachers have many more data points about student performance than parents do.

3. The Disconnect Is Solvable: Providing parents with a few already available pieces of information in one place in a clear, decipherable format leads many parents to reconsider their views about their child’s performance.

Download Parents 2018: Going Beyond Grades

Read an essay about the Report, Going Beyond Good Grades: What if Parents Knew What Teachers Know?

USDOE Toolkit Offers Guidance for English-Learner, Immigrant Parents

The U.S. Department of Education's office of English-language acquisition has released the first portion of a guide designed to answer questions that families with English-learner students may have about public schools in the United States.

The first two chapters of the English Learner Family Toolkit offer guidance on how to enroll children in school and a look at how schools in the United States may differ from those in other countries. Each chapter contains an overview of family and student rights, questions to ask schools, and links to potential resources.

Subsequent chapters will help families learn how to obtain services for English-learners, find out-of-school support services, keep children safe and healthy in schools, and help children with schoolwork at home.

Here's a look at the parent toolkit, which is also available in Mandarin and Spanish:

EL Family Tool Kit All by on Scribd

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