Despite a focus on equity in the American education system, persistent opportunity and achievement gaps continue to challenge district and school leaders.

Decades of research show that family involvement is a strong predictor of student success. To close the equity gap, districts and schools must institute family and community engagement strategies that ensure all families and community members feel welcome at school, know what students are learning, and how they can support student success.

The final research brief in our three-part series on equity, “Best Practices for Engaging Families and the Community,” highlights:

  • How districts can create a welcoming environment for diverse families
  • Which steps are critical to developing an equitable communication plan
  • What strategies are proven to engage hard-to-reach families

Hanover Research