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The Create Your Own Case Facilitators Guide begins with an overview of the case method, outlines the components of the Create Your Own Case Toolkit, and describes specific ways the toolkit can be used in different professional development settings. The Facilitators Guide also includes sample workshop session plans, ranging in duration from 1 hour to 1 day, which integrate the different activities in the toolkit.

The Create Your Own Case Facilitators Guide (PDF) offers specific ideas for how the Create Your Own Case Toolkit can be used in courses, workshops, seminars or in individual supervisory sessions. It is developed with the following audiences in mind:

  • faculty who are teaching courses on family, school, and community topics,
  • professional development specialists, and
  • supervisors and coaches of individuals whose work involves community and family engagement.

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E-mail Margaret Caspe  with your cases, ideas, or any other feedback you might have about this tool. You can also join the conversation about using cases to prepare practitioners for family engagement by sending an e-mail to Last, learn more about using the case method to prepare educators for family engagement by visiting the HFRP's Family Engagement Teaching Cases.


The Create Your Own Case Toolkit is part of Harvard Family Research Project’s professional development efforts to build capacity for partnerships between families, schools, and communities. The toolkit consists of three components: (1) six steps to follow, with related exercises,  (2) a collection of family engagement cases, and (3) a Facilitators Guide. To stay up-to-date on Harvard Family Research Project's latest resources, please visit our subscription center.

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