Planning for Family Engagement in the Charter School Life Cycle: A Toolkit for School Leaders

Children preparing to enter school with their parents.

Effective family engagement is an intentional and systematic partnership of educators, families, and community members who share the responsibility for a student’s preparation for school, work, and life. Successful family engagement is much more than a check the box exercise – it is a centralized series of strategies that benefits individual students and whole schools.

This toolkit will provide charter school leaders and charter school operators with an understanding of:

  • How family engagement strategies can influence the core work of charter schools
  • How to build out a comprehensive schoolwide plan for family engagement
  • Strategies to support authentic, inclusive family engagement
  • What family engagement can look like at each point in the charter school life cycle, from design and
  • opening through replication and expansion or closure