Tiered Approach to Family Engagement Notecatcher

Schools often organize their work into tiers – Universal Tier 1 supports for all students, Targeted Tier 2 supports for some students, and Intensive Tier 3 supports for individual students needing the most guidance. Schools can also think about their work with students’ families in these tiers. Use this tool, created by Dr. Barbara Boone and Hadley Bachman of the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center, to plan for multi-tiered systems of support for family engagement in your school or district. The tool can be used for general family engagement planning or specific strategic planning for new initiatives or events. The goal: to organize family engagement interventions and supports so they can be applied planfully to maximize outcomes for students. Download a blank copy or our examples below.

How will you know if your overall family engagement plan is high quality?

We like to use the PARADE Strategy, which involves asking ourselves the following 6 questions.

P = is it Proactive and Preventative?
A = Do ALL have opportunity?
R = Are all ROLES for families included?
A = Is it planned in ADVANCE?
D = Are there DATA-DRIVEN indicators?
E = Are the strategies EVIDENCE-informed?

In the video below, Dr. Boone and Hadley Bachman from our Center present on a National best practices webinar about using a tiered approach to family engagement planning.

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