Create a plan to connect with every family! There’s no doubt that family engagement makes a world of difference for teachers and students—but connecting with parents of various ethnic, socioeconomic, or cultural backgrounds can be challenging for educators. Calvalyn Day’s groundbreaking book offers clear instructions for building strong relationships, beginning effective dialogues, strategizing, and monitoring progress. Through the author’s perspective as a parent, counselor, and advisor to families at risk, readers will discover  • A step-by-step approach to family engagement developed for K-12 educators, including teachers, counselors, administrators and others  • Complete how-to’s for creating and carrying out a family engagement plan based on the author’s Vision, Plan, Action model  • Tools including a Parent Meeting Agenda, a Parent Empathy Map, an Educator Needs Assessment, and more Whether you work at a small rural school, in a large urban district, or anywhere in between, this invaluable book offers wisdom—and smart strategies—that will transform the experience for your students and their families, and lead to sustainable success. “Authentically Engaging Families is a wonderful guide for all those interested in engaging parents in the educational process in a variety of essential and creative ways.” Nina Orellana, MTSS Coordinator Palm Bay Academy Charter School “This book presents a much-needed illustration of why educators MUST improve family engagement and how educators can put these evidence-based approaches into practice.” Denise Michelle Voelker, Coordinator of Education and Training Programs University of Florida



The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said.


The foundation for successful engagement is a mutual respect and understanding between schools and families. Effective exchange of information is essential for this process. Most educators who feel that they are being successful base that perception at least in part on healthy communication exchanges. Those who feel that they could improve feel that way in part, generally, because of failed or strained communication.

A reasonable question I’ve often asked is why then do we spend so little time on teaching and developing effective communication? There is no real reason ...

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