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Trusting Family Partnerships

Trusting Family Partnerships contribute to positive student outcomes when family members and school staff have respectful, mutually beneficial relationships with shared responsibility for student learning; when family members have options for meaningful involvement in their children’s education and in the life of the school; and the school responds to family interests and involvement in a culturally responsive manner.


This film shows how Trusting Family Partnerships are created by including families in important school decision-making teams and leadership roles.


  • Discussion Guide: Trusting Family Partnerships

    Use this discussion guide along with the SWIFT in 60 video to talk with school stakeholders about what trusting family partnerships could look like at your school.

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  • Introduction to Trusting Family Partnerships

    Use this PowerPoint to introduce the SWIFT feature: Trusting Family Partnerships. The PowerPoint provides guidance on why the feature is essential for inclusive school reform. It also introduces implementation steps and examples.

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  • Steps to Get You Started: Trusting Family Partnerships

    Your school can take specific action steps to develop trusting family partnerships.

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