[R-0013] S7. Family and Community

Citation: SWIFT Center. (April, 2017). SWIFT Family & Community, Issue 3. Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center. Document. Retrieved from http://myemail.constantcontact.com/SWIFT-s-Family—Community-Feature—Issue-3.html?soid=1125766933832&aid=DoWYSng61IY [or enter “SWIFT’s Family & Community Feature – Issue 3” in your search window].

Abstract: SWIFT is a national K-8 technical assistance center that builds school capacity to provide academic and behavioral support to improve outcomes for all students through equity-based inclusion. This document provides information on and links to resources related to family engagement policies and practices including trusting family partnerships, issues families face in their efforts to make sure their children receive the highest quality education and supports they need; how some schools and districts are not quite prepared to engage parents as partners and engage them in the decision-making processes; and the benefits to districts of forming special education parent advisory groups. Information on inclusion and Universal Design for Learning are also provided.

Integration: The information and links presented in this document fit well with content presented in early childhood courses Child Development; Child, Family and Community; Introduction to Early Childhood Education; School-Age Development and Programs; and School-Age Program Administration.

Content Focus: Child Development; Child, Family and Community; Family Engagement Policies and Practices; Family Partnerships; Inclusion; Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Parent Advisory Groups; School-Age Development and Programs; School-Age Program Administration; Universal Design for Learning

Notes: After reviewing this document, have students discuss the role of Parent Advocacy Networks in local school districts. Where can they find advocacy groups in their community?