Spotlight for Schools

Thank you for visiting our spotlight on resources for schools – we put our favorite resources here for schools and community partners working with families in Ohio! Family engagement is a skill that can be developed over time – we can all help launch student success together! Questions? Email us at

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Ready4K: An educational text-based resource that schools can share with families

Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement strategy via text messages. Watch the video below to learn about how a community ...
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Video: Effective Family Engagement Could Look Like This

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction created this video to share specific ideas about how schools can shift from involving ...
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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 designed by the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center in collaboration with the Ohio Family and Community Engagement ...
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Learning from Families boosts Teacher Self-Efficacy

We've found in our research at the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center that when teachers reach out, listen, and learn ...
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Academic Parent-Teacher Teams: Finally, a better way to do parent-teacher conferences!

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams: Finally, a better way to do parent-teacher conferences!

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) supplement and elevate the efforts of traditional parent-teacher conferences by expanding opportunities for families and teachers ...
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The National Network of Partnership Schools – an Evidence-Based Family Engagement Program

Established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, NNPS invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based ...
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Ohio's Parent-Teacher Partnerships Model

Ohio’s Parent-Teacher Partnerships Model

What is the Parent Teacher Partnership Model? The Parent-Teacher Partnership Model brings together a small group of family members and ...
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How can families and teachers listen well to one another?

This one-pager is a great start for learning how to listen well. As a teacher or school leader, how could ...
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Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2020 -- Applications Due November 1, 2019

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 2020!

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

Applications are due by November 1, 2019, and can be emailed as an attachment to

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