What are the Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals?
The Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council (PCEI) of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed a set of six "Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals." These Fundamentals are based on the National PTA Family-School Partnership Standards now being adopted by many states and school districts across the country. The Fundamentals are a diagnostic tool for assessing the quality of a school's family and community engagement practices. They also present a concrete vision of excellent family and community engagement to be used as a framework for improvement.
History of the Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals
In June of 2009, the PCEI presented to the Board for its consideration a first draft of six guidelines for family and community engagement in Massachusetts. Board members, the Commissioner, and the Secretary of Education all agreed that the PCEI should develop these guidelines further by creating documentation about supporting research, setting rubrics and/or indicators of what these guidelines look like as they are implemented in schools and districts, and finally, compiling examples of best practices in family and community engagement in action. During the 2009-2010 academic year, the PCEI refined the guidelines and developed a set of indicators or rubrics of successful implementation. In January 2011, the PCEI voted to rename these guidelines, the Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals. From January to May, 2011, the PCEI shared the Fundamentals with other Advisory Councils of the Board for feedback, namely the Racial Imbalance, Special Education, Interdisciplinary Health Education and Human Services, and English Language Learners/Bilingual Education Advisory Councils. PCEI members met individually with each of these Advisory Councils to solicit feedback, comments and support for the Fundamentals. Their input was reviewed by the PCEI and subsequently incorporated into the Fundamentals.