Family engagement is an important part of school governance. It has been shown to:
- improve students’ attitudes toward schools and learning,
- improve academic achievement and student success, and
- reduce children’s health-risk behaviors.
When schools effectively engage families in health issues, they also are opening the door to families becoming more involved with academic and other school issues.
But what can school board members and other school leaders do to increase family involvement in health issues?
To help answer that question, NSBA created “Families as Partners: Fostering Family Engagement for Healthy and Successful Students,” (listed below under "Additional Resources") a document that provides an overview of family engagement particularly as it relates to health issues, as well as suggested strategies and actions districts can use to strengthen family engagement. The resources listed to the right on this webpage correspond to the “Tools to Use” sections in that document and offer materials to strengthen family engagement and students’ chances for success.
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Families as Partners: Fostering Family Engagement for Healthy and Successful Students
This NSBA document provides an overview of family engagement particularly as it relates to school health. Included in the document are “Tools to Use” boxes that refer to the resources to the right of this website, including sample family engagement policies, evidence-based practices, example family engagement surveys, and more. This publication is downloadable for free, but printed copies can also be purchased through NSBA's Bookstore.
Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document provides a background on parent engagement in schools and shows why it is important, and includes strategies to connect, engage, and sustain parent involvement.