National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
A new way of leading: Building family-school partnerships for student success
In the 2002 research review A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp conclude that there is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education. To put it another way, when families are involved in their children’s learning both at home and at school, their children do better in school. The report also points to specific types of involvement as being especially beneficial to children’s academic success.
Finding 1: Involvement programs that link to learning improve student achievement.
It’s simple: The more parent and community involvement activities focus on improving student learning, the more student learning improves. Learning-focused involvement activities may include:
  • Family nights on math or literacy.
  • Family-teacher conferences that involve students.
  • Family workshops on planning for college.
Finding 2: Speaking up for children protects and promotes their success.
Children whose parents are advocates for them at school are more confident at school and take on and achieve more. The more families advocate for their children and support their children’s progress, the longer their children stay in school and the better their children do. Families should:
  • Become knowledgeable about the operations of schools and the laws that govern those operations.
  • Be confident about their ability to work with schools.
  • Expect only the best from their children and for their children.
  • Join PTA.
Finding 3: All families can contribute to their children’s success.
Family involvement improves student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education.   For involvement to happen, however, principals, teachers, and parents themselves must believe that all parents can contribute to their children’s success in school.   Parents can promote their children’s academic success by:
  • Teaching their children the importance of education.
  • Finding out what their children are expected to know and to be able to do and reinforcing lessons at home.
  • Sending their children to school ready to learn every day.
Principals and teachers must support parent involvement by:
  • Making parent involvement a priority.
  • Recognizing and removing barriers to parent involvement.
  • Sharing decision-making power with parents and community members.
  • Working to understand class and cultural differences.
Finding 4: Community organizing gets results.
Engaging community members, businesses, and organizations as partners in children’s education can improve the learning community in many ways. For example, community partners may be able to:
  • Provide expanded learning opportunities.
  • Build broad-based support for increased school funding.
  • Provide quality after-school programs.
The findings presented by Henderson and Mapp provide a framework for strengthening parent/family involvement programs. PTA, working with leading experts on parent involvement and school-community partnerships, has updated its National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs to reflect recent research and improve parent and community involvement practices.   The updated National Standards shift the focus from what schools should do to involve parents to what parents, schools, and communities can do together to support student success.   To reflect this change, the standards have been renamed the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
Standard   1: Welcoming all families into the school community
Families are active participants in the   life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other,   to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.
Standard   2: Communicating effectively
Families and school staff engage in   regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
Standard   3: Supporting student success
Families and school staff continuously   collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at   home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their   knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Standard   4: Speaking up for every child
Families are empowered to be advocates for   their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and   have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
Standard   5: Sharing power
Families and school staff are equal   partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform,   influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
Standard   6: Collaborating with community
Families and school staff collaborate with   community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded   learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
2016 Parent Leadership Awards Applications
The 2016 Georgia Parent Leadership Awards nomination form is now posted on the Georgia Department of Education’s Parent Leadership Recognition webpage at
On the right side of the screen, please click on “2016 Award Application.”
This version of the nomination form includes your edits. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Nominations are due Monday, November 30, 2015. The Georgia Department of Education will be accepting nominations starting today through the month of November in celebration of Parent Engagement Month.
Please forward the nomination form to all those interested in nominating a parent leader for this award.
If you have any questions about the awards process, please feel free to contact me at the information below or Kim Jones, Parent Engagement Specialist, by phone at 404-463-3467 or by email at She is the lead Specialist for this awards process.
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