Task 4: Family and Community Engagement to Improve Student Learning
The candidate will develop a research informed proposal and implement at least one
component to improve family and community engagement and leadership in a school’s
priority area. This priority area should be related to equitable student achievement, student
health, recreation, or social needs that impact their learning. The candidate will work
collaboratively in reciprocal, two-way, and culturally responsive communication with
internal and external stakeholders representing but not limited to school administration, staff,
families, community members, and students, and detail how they will intentionally shift
power dynamics to create an inclusive team that attends to equitable representation of the
school community demographics (e.g. students of color, LGBTQ students, emergent bilingual
students, students receiving special education services, Native American/Indigenous Peoples,
and others). In authentic collaboration with their selected group of stakeholders, the candidate
will select a priority area based on evidence of student needs, gather information related to
family and community engagement and leadership needs, develop a proposal, and implement
one component with stakeholders.
Focus on a family or community need that will positively impact student learning.
Form and/or lead small working group(s) of staff, family, students, and/or community (as
appropriate) that will be able to contribute to the development process, with attentiveness
to the equitable representation of the diverse school community (or specific historically
marginalized families or communities who are most impacted by the selected
issue/need/initiative) and detail how to intentionally shift power dynamics to create an
inclusive team environment.
Review current district policies and building programs that encourage equitable and
culturally responsive or culturally sustaining family engagement. Identify opportunities
for growth or enhancement of current practices.
Develop a plan to address the identified opportunities and an outline needed to
implement the plan in your building or setting that will increase family and/or
community engagement in the school to positively impact student learning.
Implement a portion or all of the plan that you developed.
Identify data that can be collected to know if the plan made an impact.
Develop an inquiry cycle timeline for this project, including the designation of a school
team or committee for this work. Ascertain what the administrative team’s (including
your) role will be in this project.