Family Engagement

6 Standards of Family Engagement
The Six Standards of Family Engagement – CAPTA

Family Engagement is a shared effort of families, schools, and community leaders to advance programs, practices, and policies that empower every parent/legal guardian to make their child’s potential a reality.

Ways we can assess family engagement include:

  • The awareness and quality of efforts by school districts to seek input from all parent groups in decision-making
  • The awareness and quality of family engagement programs, policies, and family resources created to better connect families with schools
  • The percentage of schools demonstrating inclusive outreach to all families, in home languages, and easy two-way communication between home and school (Goal is to move closer to meeting the U.S. Department of Justice’s view of translation/interpreting for parents, read more)
  • The awareness and quality of parent education activities to support student learning and success in school and beyond
  • The percentage of parents who know how well their children are doing in class and how their school plans to improve student outcomes
  • How safe and connected (relational trust) parents feel with school –particularly during this pandemic
  • HAVE YOU SURVEYED YOUR FAMILIES LATELY? Are you setting up opportunities to listen & engage?

Seeking Transformative Family Engagement


The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

  • Dual Capacity – Educators’ and Families’ path to true family engagement only works when both understand and agree upon the goals and capacity outcomes

Engage for Your Child’s Success! …What is Success for Your Child(ren)?

Additional Resources

Gain Confidence Learning More

Male Engagement – NEW!

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) – NEW!

Middle School – Family Engagement Is Critical – NEW!


What’s Happening this Year?

  • National Parental Involvement Day is held on November 18, 2021
  • Cool Block ProgramCoolBlock.org (see video below) – If interested in joining a team email us. If interested in becoming a Cool Block Leader of a team, complete this form and if they ask who referred you, tell them IUCPTA Family Engagement.
  • Strides Towards Social Justice at IUSD Webinar
    Implementation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Practices Throughout IUSD
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 7-8PM
    >Recording
  • The SPOTLIGHT Monthly Newsletter – Each month look for tips on engaging your families and reading about success stories and happenings at a featured school. View Archives and/or Subscribe here.
  • Our Current Book List
    >Beyond the Bake Sale – Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, and Davies
    >Middle School Matters by Phyllis L. Fagell

IUSD Parent Education Program for November

  • IUSD is actively making plans to open a Parent Resource Center and we need your input! Please take our 4 question survey here.

         Title and Registration Link                                          Date


Tea with Ms. Farjadi-Parent Engagement (in Farsi) چای با خانم فرجادی-مشارکت والدین
*repeat session from 10/29 *

Monday Nov. 1st at 4pm

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at Language Development Programs

Tuesday Nov. 2nd 2:30- 4:30pm Limited capacity viewing *mask required*

ELPAC with Ms. Kim영어능숙도 평가 및 영어 발달에 대해 나누는 시간을 갖겠습니다.

Monday Nov. 8th at 1pm

Latino Children’s meeting with Ms. Anaya

Wednesday Nov. 10th at 3:30pm

Stress Management Tips for Parents and Students Video

Wednesday Nov. 10th

Q and A with Duha Al-Hakeem (Arabic- عربي)

Friday Nov. 12th at 3pm

Ways to Organize Study Time (Arabic Video) طرق تنظيم وقت المذاكرة لطفلي

African American/Black Parent Community Meeting
Black Mental Health with guest speakers  Jessica Conquest, LMFT and Michelle Santana, LCSW

Tuesday Nov. 16th at 4:30pm

40 Assets of Healthy Development

Wednesday Nov. 17th at 4pm

Japanese Parent Meeting日本語コミュニティTK-小学3年生保護者交流会

Thursday Nov. 18th at 10:30am

Latino Parent Meeting with Ms. Anaya (in Español)

Thursday Nov. 18th at 6pm

LGBTQ+ Parent Focus Group

Tuesday Nov. 30th at 4:30pm

Building Literacy Skills at Home Video

Tuesday Nov. 30th
https://iusd.org/parents/parent-and-family-engagement/ipep/parent-workshops

Important Events This Month

National American Indian/ Alaska Native Heritage Month

National Gratitude Month

National Inspirational Role Model Month

11/11- Veteran’s Day- No School

11/20- Transgender Day of Remembrance

11/24- 26 – Thanksgiving Break- No School

Community Survey please provide input about how we can better support you and your students. 

If you have any questions please contact Erin Timberman, Coordinator or Parent and Family Engagement, at erintimberman@iusd.org or 949-936-8618. 

You can also join our Bloomz App group to get reminders about upcoming events.


Always looking for new ideas on ways to make Family Engagement more equitable, accessible, and effective. Please share your thoughts & suggestions with us!