Families In Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. Consequently, we provide programs and professional development that fosters authentic parent engagement by building the skills, knowledge and confidence of both parents and staff on how to work together. FIS serves low-income and underserved communities recognizing that access to quality education continues to be the gateway out of poverty and the road to the American dream.
Research from Chicago shows that "When schools use effective family engagement practices, students are 10 times more likely to improve their math performance and 4 times more likely to improve their reading performance." – Byrk, Sebring, Allensworth, Luppescu,& Easton, 2012
Training Opportunities for Staff
- Professional development for staff on family engagement best practices. These are short 4-hour modules on key components of parent engagement, such as improving welcoming environment or outreach, recruitment and retention strategies. Learn more
- Research-based and culturally relevant parent curricula that range from early education to college awareness and preparation. FIS can train your staff on how to deliver the curricula or one of our certified facilitators can deliver the workshops at your site. Learn more
Some of our curriculum and professional development partners include:
Our work is guided by our vision for Authentic Parent Engagement. Download the infographic and read our report: Reimagining Parent Engagement: Moving from 1.0 to 2.0.
Training Opportunities for Parents
FIS also provides training to parent leaders, and members of district or school advisory councils Training opportunities include the Parent Ambassador Program and Alliance Summit.
Our curricula and trainings are in compliant use of Title I, LCFF, and/or state and federal funds.
If you would like information about customized training for your district/school or nonprofit, please contact Director of Training and Capacity Building, Lindsay Dumas at firstname.lastname@example.org.