Family & Community Engagement Network

What is Ohio’s Family and Community Engagement Network?

The Ohio Family and Community Engagement (FCE) Network is a group of dedicated education professionals from across Ohio, comprised of representatives from each of Ohio’s regions along with organizations whose work supports families of diverse learners, including students with disabilities. The network collaboratively researches, develops, and supports the implementation of tools and strategies for regional teams and school districts to effectively engage and empower families and communities. Through the Network’s activities to support strong family-school partnerships, family and community needs and strengths are recognized and prioritized at every level, resulting in improved student and family outcomes and better school climates. 

As leaders of this Network, the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center provides opportunities for these family engagement professionals to come together several times a year to learn and grow in their family engagement practice at the regional/organization level. These professionals provide many important functions for families and schools in each Ohio region, such as coaching districts on how to work well with families and providing families with information and tools to advocate for their children. Thus, the Network is an important group of people who help share the work of this Center across Ohio.

Annual “Voices from the Field” Reports

Each year, Ohio’s Statewide Family Engagement Center produces a report to highlight work being done by educational consultants in each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team offices to support successful partnerships between families and schools. This report contains examples of what Ohio’s regions are doing directly for families, for schools, for districts, and for their own regional offices in the area of family engagement in education. The reports can be downloaded using the links below for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020:

2019-2020 Report
Front page of Voices from the field 2018-2019 report.
2018-2019 Report

Front page of Voices from the field 2017-2018 report.
2017-2018 Report
Front page of Voices from the field 2016-2017 report.
2016-2017 Report

Resources Created by the Ohio FCE Network

back to school planning tool for families

Option A, B, or C? A Back to School Planning Tool for Families

The “Back to School Planning Tool” gives your family an organized space to write in your plans for supporting your ...
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Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home – A Chart for Families

By downloading and filling out a blank Positive Behavior Chart, families can create their own, personalized set of expectations for ...
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First slide of family engagement within trauma informed elementary schools presentation

Family Engagement within Trauma-Informed Schools: Toolkits for Elementary School Staff

This toolkit was designed for a facilitator to present to Elementary School staff (leaders, teachers, other staff) seeking to offer ...
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Toolkit first slide for family engagement within trauma-informed schools

Family Engagement within Trauma-Informed Schools: Toolkits for Middle/High School Staff

This toolkit was designed for a facilitator to present to middle and high school staff (leaders, teachers, other staff) seeking ...
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Front Page of Early Literacy Family Engagement Rubric Report

Family Engagement in Early Literacy: A Rubric and Guide for School Teams

The rubric was written by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center in collaboration with the Ohio Family and Community Engagement ...
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Ohio's PBIS Family Engagement Rubrics

Ohio’s PBIS Family Engagement Rubrics

Video Transcript (English) The Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Family Engagement Rubrics provide PBIS teams with information and a ...
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Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2021 -- Applications Due November 26, 2020

We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2021!

Click here to apply now or download and share the application with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 26, 2020, and can be emailed as an attachment to OhioSFEC@osu.edu.

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.