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The web-based Family Engagement Tool (FET) guides a school team (including parents) in assessing every aspect of its
family engagement programs and practices and creating and monitoring an improvement plan based on indicators of
effective practice. The needs assessment phase is completed in about 5 hours by the school team. FET’s two-year
process helps the school determine needs, set priorities, develop a plan, monitor the plan, and strengthen the
The Family Engagement Tool:
For Title I
schools, the FET’s rubrics use the Non-Regulatory Guidance as the basic measure, but show how the school can move beyond
- » provides rubrics to assess key school policies (or procedural documents),
- » presents a team survey to offer insights into the effectiveness of current practices,
- » develops a comprehensive plan for family engagement using indicators of effective practice, and
- » enables the team to track progress and generate documents
FET provides access to a rich library of family engagement materials. The materials are aligned with the
assessment and include hundreds of planning tools, family engagement curricula, and professional development programs.
Many materials for families are available in English and Spanish.
The tool’s web-based technology enables a school team to enter data, submit forms, develop a plan, and access a
library of resources from one convenient location.