Families: Equity

Equity Essential

When stakeholders from different needs, backgrounds, and perspectives come together to plan and apply solutions that enhance development, then ALL students, schools, families and community members will grow together toward a common purpose.

Resources are organized according to the order in which they are received.

Use the magnifying glass in the top right corner to search for specific tools using key words.

A. Create opportunities for diverse groups to foster more well-rounded environments for the betterment of the community.

Summer Matters - Summer Matters is a statewide network of school districts, educators, school boards, education leaders, mayors, legislators, nonprofits, funders, civic leaders and parents working collaboratively to create and expand access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all California students." The website offers tools, stories, videos, and reports to support these goals. http://www.summermatters.net/

Parents 2016: Hearts & Minds of Parents in an Uncertain World – This report includes survey results from parents that explores what keeps parents up at night, their aspirations as parents, how they view the importance of their role in their child’s academic and developmental success, and what they need to help their child succeed in school, and in life. https://r50gh2ss1ic2mww8s3uvjvq1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/LearningHeroes-Report-english.pdf

Centralized Intake and Referral / Consultant Unified Intervention Team (CIRCUIT) - Direct and supportive service activities, to improve results for children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, by ensuring a free, appropriate public education, in the least restrictive environment. CIRCUIT services can be requested by parents, guardians, or district school administrators (i.e., special education supervisors, principals, and superintendents).https://arksped.k12.ar.us/sections/CIRCUIT.html

The Military Parents Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC) - Provides information to parents of children with disabilities in military families. The Center sends out e-newsletters with information for Parent Centers from military subject matter experts.https://branchta.org/

U.S. Dept of Education Full-Service Community Schools Program - This program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools. https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/parental-options/full-service-community-schools-program-fscs/

School-based Coordinators Link Students to Community Resources - Learn firsthand to manage support and services that go beyond the classroom from Ms. Ingrid Thomas’s experiences as a school-based support coordinator for Communities. https://www.kappanonline.org/walter-school-based-coordinators-community-resources/

Communities for Education and Action - This video highlights importance of developing leadership among parents as a key path to strengthening the community through advocacy and family leadership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Is4sykEWxg&feature=youtu.be

Communities for Education and Action - This video highlights importance of developing leadership among parents as a key path to strengthening the community through advocacy and family leadership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Is4sykEWxg&feature=youtu.be

It Takes a Community: Community Schools Provide Opportunities for All - A community school provides both the familiar K-12 curriculum and a much broader range of supports to students and families — high-quality academic instruction, and mentoring, health care, college and career counseling, financial advising, and much more. In many cases, the community school serves as a neighborhood hub, bringing together educators, families, business leaders, elected officials, and many other local partners to ensure that students have real opportunities to succeed in school and in life .https://www.kappanonline.org/reuben-jacobson-it-takes-community-schools/

ThinkCollege - Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, it supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. https://thinkcollege.net/about/what-is-think-college

It Takes a Community: Community Schools Provide Opportunities for All - A community school provides both the familiar K-12 curriculum and a much broader range of supports to students and families — high-quality academic instruction, and mentoring, health care, college and career counseling, financial advising, and much more. In many cases, the community school serves as a neighborhood hub, bringing together educators, families, business leaders, elected officials, and many other local partners to ensure that students have real opportunities to succeed in school and in life .https://www.kappanonline.org/reuben-jacobson-it-takes-community-schools/

Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence - The U.S. Dept of Education cites this study in the release of its funding for full-service community schools. The study establishes the ESSA evidence-base for community school as an effective school improvement strategy. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/community-schools-effective-school-improvement-brief

How Family, School, and Community Engagement can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform - This literature review strives to address the following two questions: 1) What are the key components of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform? and 2) How do promising partnerships involve families and communities in education reform? https://www.nmefoundation.org/getattachment/67f7c030-df45-4076-a23f-0d7f0596983f/Final-Report-Family-Engagement-AIR.pdf?lang=en-US&ext=.pdf

UA System Partners for Inclusive Communities - Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information. https://uofapartners.uark.edu/projects/

Black Parents Want to be Involved but Schools Need to be More Welcoming- short video of interviews from the parent perspective https://youtu.be/wPUVM0VGMZY

B. Establish open, honest, and ongoing conversations in order to identify, acknowledge and overcome barriers.

A Day in the Life of an EL Student – Click on the link to watch a short video on a day in the life of a ten-year-old student who struggles to communicate in his new school with limited access to his native language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6Y0HAjLKYI

Resources for Parents and Caregivers -The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) - Click the “Resources” tab near the top right to find links to many free resources for families in English and Spanish including age-related reactions to a traumatic event; grief resources; tips for military families; children's books related to hurricanes, earthquakes, and the death of a parent; and resources on sibling death, medical trauma/hospital stay, abuse (various types), terrorism, and natural disasters. INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL https://www.nctsn.org/audiences/families-and-caregivers

Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers - Family members and teachers can help youngsters manage their feelings by both modeling healthy coping strategies themselves and closely monitoring their own emotional state and that of the children in their care. These tips can help.http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/trauma/managing-strong-emotional-reactions-to-traumatic-events-tips-for-families-and-teachers

The New Education Law: 6 Things to Know - This post gives helpful information for parents about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with a special focus on those with children with disabilities, but also applying to most parents. https://www.ncld.org/archives/action-center/what-we-ve-done/the-new-education-law-6-things-to-know

U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit - This tool kit can help U.S. educators and others who work directly with immigrant students and their families. It is designed to help elementary and secondary teachers, principals, and other school staff. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/newcomers-toolkit/ncomertoolkit.pdf

Parent Toolkit - Contains information on assessments, accommodations, behavioral assessments and positive interventions in English and Spanish. Also contains reading tips for parents which includes adolescent literacy. https://osepideasthatwork.org/federal-resources-stakeholders/tool-kits/parent-tool-kit

The Military Parents Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC)- Provides information to parents of children with disabilities in military families. The Center sends out e-newsletters with information for Parent Centers from military subject matter experts.https://branchta.org/

U.S. Dept of Education Full-Service Community Schools Program- This program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools. https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/parental-options/full-service-community-schools-program-fscs/

School-based Coordinators Link Students to Community Resources- Learn firsthand to manage support and services that go beyond the classroom from Ms. Ingrid Thomas’s experiences as a school-based support coordinator for Communities. https://www.kappanonline.org/walter-school-based-coordinators-community-resources/

It Takes a Community: Community Schools Provide Opportunities for All- A community school provides both the familiar K-12 curriculum and a much broader range of supports to students and families — high-quality academic instruction, and mentoring, health care, college and career counseling, financial advising, and much more. In many cases, the community school serves as a neighborhood hub, bringing together educators, families, business leaders, elected officials, and many other local partners to ensure that students have real opportunities to succeed in school and in life .https://www.kappanonline.org/reuben-jacobson-it-takes-community-schools/

ThinkCollege - Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, it supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. https://thinkcollege.net/about/what-is-think-college

Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence - The U.S. Dept of Education cites this study in the release of its funding for full-service community schools. The study establishes the ESSA evidence-base for community school as an effective school improvement strategy. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/community-schools-effective-school-improvement-brief

How Family, School, and Community Engagement can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform - This literature review strives to address the following two questions: 1) What are the key components of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform? and 2) How do promising partnerships involve families and communities in education reform? https://www.nmefoundation.org/getattachment/67f7c030-df45-4076-a23f-0d7f0596983f/Final-Report-Family-Engagement-AIR.pdf?lang=en-US&ext=.pdf

Asociación para Acción Comunitaria- La Asociación para Acción Comunitaria ha trabajado para construir comunidades resistentes y saludables en el Valle del Sur de Albuquerque y en todo Nuevo México desde 1990. La PCA se centra en cuestiones fundamentales para la comunidad tal como educación, economía sostenible, y derechos para los inmigrantes. Por medio de la concientización y al aprovecharnos de unas oportunidades de interceder, apoyamos a la gente y a sus familias para que se conviertan en líderes fuertes en sus vecindades y en el estado de Nuevo México. http://forcommunityaction.org/acerca-de-nosotros/mision-e-historia/?lang=es

Partnership for Community Action - Community based organization in Albuquerque’s South Valley focuses on critical community issues like education, economic sustainability, wellness and immigrant rights. Through raising awareness and advocacy opportunities, the Partnership for Community Action supports people and families to become strong leaders in their neighborhoods. http://forcommunityaction.org/

Ten Strategies for Supporting Immigrant Students and Families - These key strategies for schools and early childhood centers support immigrant families. http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/ten-strategies-supporting-immigrant-students-and-families

UA System Partners for Inclusive Communities - Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information. https://uofapartners.uark.edu/projects/

The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement - College and University Engagement Initiative (CUEI). CUEI contributes to the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education and networks for community engagement and social innovation. https://www.brown.edu/swearer/carnegie

C. Partner with diverse representatives and organizations to create community-wide plans focused on local needs.

Summer Matters - Summer Matters is a statewide network of school districts, educators, school boards, education leaders, mayors, legislators, nonprofits, funders, civic leaders and parents working collaboratively to create and expand access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all California students." The website offers tools, stories, videos, and reports to support these goals. http://www.summermatters.net/

Parent Toolkit. Contains information on assessments, accommodations, behavioral assessments and positive interventions in English and Spanish. Also contains reading tips for parents which includes adolescent literacy. https://osepideasthatwork.org/federal-resources-stakeholders/tool-kits/parent-tool-kit

The Military Parents Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC)- Provides information to parents of children with disabilities in military families. The Center sends out e-newsletters with information for Parent Centers from military subject matter experts.https://branchta.org/

U.S. Dept of Education Full-Service Community Schools Program- This program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools. https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/parental-options/full-service-community-schools-program-fscs/

School-based Coordinators Link Students to Community Resources- Learn firsthand to manage support and services that go beyond the classroom from Ms. Ingrid Thomas’s experiences as a school-based support coordinator for Communities. https://www.kappanonline.org/walter-school-based-coordinators-community-resources/

It Takes a Community: Community Schools Provide Opportunities for All- A community school provides both the familiar K-12 curriculum and a much broader range of supports to students and families — high-quality academic instruction, and mentoring, health care, college and career counseling, financial advising, and much more. In many cases, the community school serves as a neighborhood hub, bringing together educators, families, business leaders, elected officials, and many other local partners to ensure that students have real opportunities to succeed in school and in life .https://www.kappanonline.org/reuben-jacobson-it-takes-community-schools/

ThinkCollege - Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, it supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. https://thinkcollege.net/about/what-is-think-college

Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence - The U.S. Dept of Education cites this study in the release of its funding for full-service community schools. The study establishes the ESSA evidence-base for community school as an effective school improvement strategy. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/community-schools-effective-school-improvement-brief

How Family, School, and Community Engagement can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform - This literature review strives to address the following two questions: 1) What are the key components of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform? and 2) How do promising partnerships involve families and communities in education reform? https://www.nmefoundation.org/getattachment/67f7c030-df45-4076-a23f-0d7f0596983f/Final-Report-Family-Engagement-AIR.pdf?lang=en-US&ext=.pdf

UA System Partners for Inclusive Communities - Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information. https://uofapartners.uark.edu/projects/