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Family-School-Community Partnerships

FSCP P-12 Self-Assessment Rubric User's Guide

New resources are now available to help schools. districts, and early childhood programs to implement the P-12 FSCP Framework. A series of 12 rubrics allows sites to rate their current partnership programs and practices. The accompanying User's Guide walks sites through a step-by-step, research-based process to identify starting points and prioritize next stepsSelf Assessment Rubric User's Guide

FSCP during COVID-19 

Districts and schools across Colorado are finding unique ways to partner with families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many districts are relying on regularly-established channels of communication while others are finding new ways to building and maintain relationships. A universal theme is that the role of family engagement liaison has never been more critical. Here is a summary of how districts, schools, and community organizations are working together assist families and students. 

2019 Promising Partnerships Practices 

See a collection of initiatives from schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado that highlight how they partner with families and the community for student success.

2019 Edition of Promising Partnerships Practices


Family-School-Community Partnerships Definition: 

Families, early childhood programs, schools, and communities actively partnering to develop, implement, and evaluate effective and equitable practices to improve educational outcomes for children and youth.


The office of Family-School Partnerships sits within the Improvement Planning Unit at CDE, and was created in response to  Senate Bill 13-193 Increasing Parent Involvement in Public Schools. Responsibilities of the office include:

  •         Supporting to schools and districts implementing Family and Community Engagement practices
  •         Incorporating strategies in the Unified Improvement Plan to increase parent engagement in schools, with a specific focus on priority performance and turnaround schools.
  •         Ensuring that school district board of education adopt district policy for increasing and supporting parent engagement in the public and charter schools of the district
  •         Communicating and providing support to the identified family partnership point of contact within school districts
  •         Supporting parent participation on school and district accountability committees (SACs and DACs)
  •         Staffing the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE)


Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kick-Off Event

October is Family and School Partnership in Education Month in Colorado.  The Colorado Department of Education and the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education are hosting a Kick-Off Event to celebrate the month. The event will take place on October 3rd from 6-8pm at the History Colorado Center. Click here for more information. We hope to see you there! Register here.

SACPIE Announces Three Parent Vacancies

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) has three open positions for parents who serve on a district or school accountability committee (DAC or SAC).  The Council is looking for parents who live in congressional districts 5, 6, and 7. For a copy of the application and more details about the vacancies, click here.  Applications are due to Darcy Hutchins ( on September 23, 2019.

Call for Submissions—Promising Partnership Practices

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), is collecting promising practices from schools and districts across the state to publish in the fifth annual Promising Partnership Practices—Colorado book.  SACPIE and CDE invite schools, districts, early childhood centers, institutions of higher education, accountability committees, parent-teacher committees, or any other school- or district-based council to submit an application for consideration in the publication.  The purpose of this book is for schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success.  Access the submission form here.

Research Briefs

These research briefs were developed by CDE and SACPIE to provide information and implications for practice to school leaders as they establish family and community engagement partnerships focused on student achievement.

Creating Opportunity Conditions to Partner with Families in Student Learning

Improving Student Learning with Family and Community Engagement



This monthly newsletter is sent to family partnership contacts around the state, and includes updates from the director of family partnerships, promising practices, and research.  


August 2020 Key (PDF)

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December 2019 Key (PDF)

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December 2018 Key (PDF)

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December 2017 Key (PDF)

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For More Information

Contact the Director of Family Partnerships at CDE, Dr. Darcy Hutchins