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Family Engagement

Why should families be engaged?

The research on family engagement in education spans 30 years and shows that when families support their children’s learning at home, their children will be more successful. Anne Henderson, is a Senior Consultant with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, national researcher and consultant on family involvement practices, reports that “when families are involved at home and at school, children do better in school and schools get better. If their parents are involved, students from all backgrounds tend to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores
  • Enroll in higher-level programs
  • Be promoted and earn credits
  • Adapt well to school and attend regularly
  • Have better social skills and behavior
  • Graduate and go on to higher education.”

For Families what does this mean?

WSPEI provides:

  • Assist parents and families with connecting to their child’s IEP goals, supports, and accommodations
  • Assist families to engage in conversations with schools about their child’s reading and literacy
  • Strategies to navigate the school system
  • Access to free electronic or hard copy educational materials
  • Connect to other parents and organizations
  • Provide educational opportunities to learn how to participate in their child’s development and learning
  • Information about options if you disagree with a decision of the school.

Family Engagement is recognized across systems and organizations as a key component of successful schools and thriving communities. Below are just a few examples of resources available at state and national levels.

Wisconsin Statewide System Change Grants:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Resources:

National Resources:

Contact the WSPEI Family Information and Support Specialist Team
at 833-879-7734 or 833(USWSPEI) | E-mail