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FINE Newsletter, Volume III, Issue 1
Issue Topic: Preparing Teachers for Family Engagement

Resources & Research From Harvard Family Research Project

HFRP invited the Flamboyan Foundation—a private family foundation focused on improving educational outcomes for children in pre-K–12 public schools in Washington, DC and Puerto Rico—to share its classroom family engagement rubric with the readers of the FINE Newsletter. Lela Spielberg, Manager of Professional Development Partnerships at the Flamboyan Foundation, introduces the rubric with an article on what teachers need to know to successfully engage families.


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The rubric provides districts, school leaders, and teachers with a clear picture of what effective family engagement looks like in the classroom through concrete descriptions of how teachers demonstrate strong family engagement through their conversations and daily practice. The rubric breaks family engagement into three interdependent pieces: 

  1. Teacher beliefs and mindsets
  2. Relationships and communication
  3. Investing families in student goals and helping them monitor progress and support learning


This resource is part of the March 2011 FINE Newsletter. The FINE Newsletter shares the newest and best family involvement research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders. To access the FINE Newsletter Archive, visit

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