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Family Engagement in Education

Washington Family Engagement defines family engagement in education as the equal and equitable partnership between educators and families built on mutual respect, shared power, and shared responsibility centered on the ultimate goal of students’ healthy socio-emotional development and successful academic progress.

Engaged families are key to their students’ academic success. Over 50 years of national research demonstrates that when schools and families work together as equal partners, student attendance, academic scores, and high-school graduation rates increase, and school dropout rates decrease.

Families know their children better than anyone else, and, like educators, they want the best for their children and want to make a difference in their education. In order to build trusting partnerships, families want to feel welcome at their children’s school. They want to collaborate with educators and to be recognized as equal partners in education. They want their race/ethnicity, culture, language, and diverse perspectives to be acknowledged, included, and respected.

To form strong partnerships, educators, families, and community organizations must develop skills to work together, support student success, understand equity and diversity, and navigate the public school system. They play important roles in the future of the children they share.

Washington Family Engagement offers capacity-building programs and training opportunities for families, educators, and community organizations to learn best practices and develop new skills to support the success of all students.


Family Engagement Workshop Series for Parents

Washington Family Engagement offers free, live, online workshops and presentations for families and children caregivers to learn how to understand and navigate the public education system, become engaged and partner with their schools and advocate for what is best for their children. Our workshops are offered in English and Spanish.

2024 workshop dates coming soon!

Become Engaged in Your Children’s Education!

Presented by Adie Simmons, WAFE Executive Director

More information is coming soon!

Free, 1.5-hour virtual workshops for parents and family members.

Register here >>

How Does the Public School System Work?

Presented by Adie Simmons, WAFE Executive Director

More information is coming soon!

Register here >>


Washington Family Engagement Professional Learning Community

A virtual community of family engagement practitioners from around Washington State that meets to learn from each other and from experts in the field. The meetings address best practices as well as problem-solving, and new engagement strategies, as well as guest speakers from the field.
Come share your passion for engaging families and learn how to do it better as you interact with your colleagues! Clock Hours available.

Thank you all for participating in the Spring series of our learning community. Stay tuned for the latest updates and news on the upcoming series dates!


Re-structure your school and school district to better partner with families and increase your school and district staff engagement skills by bringing our dynamic, effective consulting services, online and in-person, to your workplace. Our work helps district and school leaders, educators and other professionals acquire competencies and learn new strategies that contribute to collaborative and equitable school-family partnerships and increased student achievement.

Technical Assistance and Professional Development

We customize our services to meet school districts and school needs and help educators build their professional practice. We offer customized professional development webinars, workshops, seminars, coaching, and assistance with strategic planning.

  • Help school district leaders create family engagement departments, classified Family Engagement Coordinators or similar positions, and develop professional accountability systems.
  • Train Family Engagement Coordinators/ Liaisons/ Specialists and other school personnel to better engage diverse families.
  • Help school administrators embed family engagement strategies into school improvement plans.
  • Train school staff to design, plan and implement parent Academies and Universities.
  • Develop and trainparent advisory councils/committees for schools and districts.
  • Conduct School buildings’ walk-throughs.

Bring our consulting services to your school or district. To find out prices and availability, please contact us!


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