The Goals of School-based Family Instructional Teams
1. Using family engagement as an instructional strategy by teaching families how to support the learning process at home.
2. Developing foundational grade-level skills for family meetings.
3. Effectively sharing data with families to establish academic goals.
4. Creating effective classroom family networks focused on student success.
5. Implementing a systemic approach to family engagement focused on student academic and social – emotional development goals.
6. Developing tools and strategies for measuring and evaluating system effectiveness. Participating schools agree to hold at least three 75-minute family team meetings and an individual parent–teacher conference during the school year. This structure diverges from the traditional parent–teacher conference where educators hold 15-minute individual conferences at the beginning and end of the school year.
The Virtual Adaptation of Family Instructional Teams
Use technology to build the capacity of families to support learning with introductions to foundational skills, instructional strategies, and the opportunity to ask questions and check for understanding through connection tools, (i.e. - Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc.)