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Families United

What the family does is more important to student success than family income or education.  This is true whether the family is rich or poor, the parents finished high school or not, or whether the child is Pre-K or in the upper grades.  (Epstein, Berta, Walburg).  The goal of Families United is to empower families with the opportunity to participate in their children's education, grown and development that results in strengthened family relationships, effective communication and improved home-school relationships.

Families United provides program planning and technical assistance how-to information in developing and implementing family involvement programs and school-family-community partnerships tailored to meet the needs of the campus and/or school district.  In addition, Families United has a variety of workshops on various topics such as child development and guidance, early childhood brain development, how boys and girls learn differently, character development, communication skills, social skills, bullying, homework help, study skills, discipline, parenting skills, change management and stress management.  It also includes training in the areas of how to involve hard-to-reach parent, creating family friendly schools, conducting family learning events, working effectively with difficult parents the importance of male/father involvement and strategies for increasing family involvement.  You will learn how to:

  • Develop strong, family friendly school-family-community partnerships to include all families.

  • Promote meaningful, positive systems for effective communication among students, family members, teachers, administrators, and community members.

  • Involve family members in their children’s education in order to encourage learning at home that results in students increased academic achievement and becoming life-long learners.

  • Promote effective family management techniques that utilize positive, parent interactions (effective parenting strategies) that generate successful student outcomes.

  • Establish positive behavior and discipline systems that create warm, caring relationships of mutual respect between students and adults, at home or at school.

  • Involve parents in school safety, violence prevention, and ATOD prevention.

  • Design a program to meet student, family, and school needs.

  • Maintain a quality program.