Collaborating for Success - Parent Engagement Toolkit (Updated 9/29/15)

Parent Engagement Toolkit

Parent Engagement is vital to student achievement and personal success.



According to research, the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student's family is able to:

  1. Create a home environment that encourages learning

  2. Communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for their children's achievement and future careers

  3. Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community

These three seemingly simple steps require dedication and commitment from all students, parents, and school personnel. The resulting benefit of this investment in time and effort is well worth the future aspirations and success of every child. Please review the following list of Academic Benefits of Parent Engagement:


  1. Students achieve more, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnic/racial background or the parents' education level.

  2. Students have higher grades and test scores, better attendance, and complete homework more consistently.

  3. Students have higher graduation rates and greater enrollment rates in post-secondary education.

  4. Educators hold higher expectations of students whose parents collaborate with the teacher.

  5. Student achievement for disadvantaged children not only improves, but can also reach levels that are standard for middle-class children. In addition, the children who are farthest behind make the greatest gains.

  6. Children from diverse cultural backgrounds perform better when parents and professionals collaborate to bridge the gap between the culture at home and at the learning institution.

  7. Student behaviors such as alcohol use, violence, and antisocial behavior decrease as parent engagement increases.

  8. Students keep pace with academic performance if their parents participate in school events, develop a working relationship with educators, and keep up with what is happening with their child's school.

  9. Junior and senior high school students whose parents remain involved make better transitions, maintain the quality of their work, and develop realistic plans for their future. Students whose parents are not involved, on the other hand, are more likely to drop out of school.


Each member of the educational community plays a critical role in the academic and personal success of our students. We encourage you to continue your current efforts. However, we are challenging you to take your effort to the next level and get your students' parents engaged and increase academic results.

Below you will find some suggestions that we believe each audience can do to increase parent engagement. These simple but powerful action steps fully implemented will result in increased parent engagement, and positively impact student attendance, academic achievement and will result in students having higher expectations of themselves and their teachers. Here is what each of you can do:

Board Members

Elementary Principals


Secondary Principals

Elementary Parents


Secondary Parents

Community and Businesses


The Michigan Department of Education Offices have developed the "Collaborating For Success" Parent Engagement Toolkit; a comprehensive, research-based resource that includes pertinent and practical information, proven strategies and tools to assist you in enhancing your parent engagement efforts and/or providing a simple yet powerful guide to jump start your program. We encourage you to take full advantage of this excellent resource. Download the entire "Collaborating For Success" Parent Engagement Toolkit.

"Collaborating for Success" Parent Engagement Toolkit



About the "Collaborating For Success" Parent Engagement Toolkit 


Why Parent Engagement Is Important

Legal Requirements 

Resources for Parents


Resources For Parents

Parents: The Basics

Parents: What Does It Mean To Be "Engaged or Involved"?

How The Education System Works

How Do I Know My Child Is Learning?

What To Ask At A Parent-Teacher Conference

Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides

Get Involved - It Matters!

Getting Connected At Home

Staying Alert! - Changing Behaviors

Early Learning

Older Children

Students With Disabilities

Michigan Merit Curriculum High School Graduation Requirements

Applying To College

Resources for Schools & Districts


Resources For Schools And Districts

The Basics

What Does It Mean To Be "Engaged or Involved"?

Traditional And Non-Traditional Parent Participation

Developing Your Program -
Part I And Part II

Strategies For Strong Parent And Family Engagement -
Part I - Understanding Different Cultures


Strategies For Strong Parent And Family Engagement - Part II - Overcoming The Barriers

Strategies For Strong Parent And Family Engagement -
Part III - Connecting With Parents

Parent Engagement In Middle And High School

Increasing Father Engagement

Working With Interpreters And Translators


Research & Resources




Glossary Of Terms


Additional Resources For Parents

Parent and Family Engagement


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Questions or Comments   Student Achievement Data