Building Community Capacity for Engaging Families

The New Hampshire Parent Information Center (PIC) has developed a two-hour workshop, Promoting Family School Partnerships, to introduce the US Department of Education’s new family engagement framework, Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships. Released in 2014 through a collaboration between the US Department of Education and SEDL, the framework describes a process to guide school and district staff in engaging parents and helping them work successfully with the schools to increase student achievement.

Promoting Family–School Partnerships introduces the Dual Capacity Framework and provides practice to help educators and family members develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence, and belief systems — their collective capacity — to sustain important relationships between home and school. You can view and download the workshop slides and the activity sheet. For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact Kimm Phillips at or 603-224-7005, ext. 120. Development of the workshop was supported by the Next Steps project.

The Dual Capacity Framework is based on existing research and best practices as noted by family and community engagement experts Karen L. Mapp and Paul J. Kuttner. Below is a 3:43-minute video of Karen Mapp talking about the framework.