Collaborating with Parents and Families

Collaborating with Parents and Families

Parents and families are critical partners in supporting students with intensive academic and behavioral needs. It is important to recognize that every parent and family member is different, with varying levels of knowledge and comfort with school; they may not consider their involvement in the school in the same way that the school perceives it. As a result, our approach to parent and family engagement should be differentiated. It is important to:

  • share information about the school’s approach to multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and data-based individualization (DBI) to ensure that families have an understanding of the process,
  • ask parents and families for information about their child, and
  • invite them to be a part of the process as relevant.

This section provides resources and suggestions for how educators can encourage parent and family engagement in the DBI process and links to places where parents and families can learn more about DBI or get support through their local parent centers.

Tools and Resources to Support Engagement:

Related Resources

Guide

Intensive Intervention: A Practitioner's Guide for Communicating with Parents and Families

Webinar

RTI & Family Engagement: A Construct for Intentionality

Video

What role do parents play in the RTI process?

Link

Center for Parent Information and Resources

See more


TIP FROM THE FIELD

Don’t hesitate to ask for information! Parents and families often have information that the school may not be aware of (e.g., recent changes in the home environment, updates to medical history, outside therapy reports/evaluations, how their child is performing at home).