Parent and Family Engagement for Educators

Practice, Research, and Framework for Districts, Schools, and Educators

Cassie Hays, M. Ed.
Parent Liaison and Engagement Education Specialist
Utah State Board of Education

See what I do and my job duties to serve you.

Please feel free to contact me at any time for resources on Parent/Family Engagement practices, framework and resources.  

Why Parent Engagement?

Improved academic Achievement, Lower dropout rate, Increase in positive school culture, Behavior improvement, Less absenteeism, Increased teacher job satisfaction, Better social and emotional development of the student, Higher odds of attending post-secondary education, More effective public relations and community engagement, and much more.

There is a difference between Parent Engagement and Parent Involvement.  Parent Engagement goes beyond the school bake sale, book fair, and volunteer work.  It engages parents in effective and authentic decision making.

Best Practice

Language Access, Responsive and Respectful Interaction with Families, Parent Value, Content, Authentic Engagement, Trust


Online Training

Introduction to Family Engagement in Education-Harvard EdX

Existing Programs in the state of Utah

FACE Department (Family and Community Engagement)-Granite School District

Hilsdale Trifold Compact Case Sample

Relationship Phone Call Script Sample



Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Framework)

Carnegie Corporation of New York-Family Engagement (Framework)

Family and Community Engagement

Susie Estrada
Family and Community Engagement Specialist
Phone: (385) 295-7891 | E-mail

Family and Community Education (Home Visits)

         FACE (Family and Community Engagement)

        Contact Susie directly to sign up for Family and Community Newsletter

Family and Community Engagement Specialist-Center for Continuous School Improvement (CCSI)

Parent Powered Pilot Program for Early Learning (launching)

Science of Reading-SB127 Community Engagement and Science of Reading Coordination Services

Title I Part A:  School Improvement

Special Education Organizations and Partnerships (Indicator of Annual Performance Report)


Improved Academic Achievement Students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores. Henderson, A. T., & Mapp,K.L.(2002). ANewWaveofEvidence:TheImpactofSchool,Family, and CommunityConnections onStudent Achievement. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.

Impact of Family Involvement on Education-Van Voorhis, et al (Literacy)

Increased Student Attendance Schools with high levels of parent involvement have a lower absenteeism rate. Epstein, J. L., & Sheldon, S. B. (2002). Present and Accounted for: Improving Student Attendance Through Family and CommunityInvolvement. The Journal of Educational Research, 95(5), 308-318.

Enhanced Student Behavior Students whose parents are involved in their education exhibit better behavior in and out of school.

-Jeynes, W.H. (2005) “A meta-analysis of the relation of parental involvement to urban elementary school student academic achievement.” Urban Education, 40(3), 237-269-Stanford, Libby (2023) Education Week: Does parent involvement really help students? Here’s what the research says.

Higher Graduation Rates Schools with strong family engagement programs have higher graduation rates. National PTA. (2018). Why Family Engagement Matters for Student and School Success. National PTA. 

Improved Social and Emotional Development Students with involved parents demonstrate improved social and emotional well-being

.Fan, X., & Chen,M.(2001). Parental Involvement and Students' Academic Achievement: A Meta-Analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 13(1), 1-22.

Increased Teacher Job Satisfaction leading to Teacher Retention Teachers in schools with active parent engagement report higher job satisfaction.-Henderson, A. T., & Mapp, K. L. (2002). ANewWaveofEvidence:TheImpactofSchool, Family, and CommunityConnections onStudent Achievement.

-Fan, X., & Chen, M.** (2001). Parental involvement and students' academic achievement: A meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 13(1), 1-22.

-Kraft, M. A., & Dougherty, S. M. (2013). The e ect of teacher-family communication on student engagement: Evidence from a randomized eld experiment

-Sheldon, S. B.** (2003). Linking school-family-community partnerships in urban elementary schools to student achievement on state tests. Urban Education, 38(1), 77-101.

Positive School Culture Schools with engaged parents foster a positive school culture. Reference: rships_in_Urban_Elementary_Schools_to_Student_Achievement_on_State_Tests

Improved Communication and Collaboration Regular communication between parents and teachers leads to better student outcomes. Reference: Hoover-Dempsey, K. V., & Sandler, H. M. (1997). Why Do Parents Become Involved in Their Children's Education? Review of Educational Research, 67(1), 3-42.