National Review of State-Level Guidance for Effective Family Engagement

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the guidance SEAs across the nation provide for family engagement practices.
  2. identify how SEAs across the country define family engagement and the major similarities and differences between these definitions.
  3. understand the extent to which SEAs include components of evidence-based practices in their recommendations for family engagement.
  4. understand future directions for research, policy, and practice to promote evidence-based family engagement practices in schools.


Researchers, educators, and policy makers know that family engagement is beneficial for student success. However, little is known about the guidance that state education agencies (SEAs) provide on how to promote effective family engagement. This presentation highlights findings from a nationwide review of family engagement guidance from SEAs. Attendees will learn the extent to which guidance is provided nationally, the way in which states conceptualize family engagement, and implications for research, practice, and policy.



Eliza S. Godfrey, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Megan J. Kaul, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Stanley A. Garbacz, University of Wisconsin–Madison


Hannah C. Dorshorst, Carly Holtzman


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