Don’t you hate when you are planning a party and YOU are the ONLY one doing all the work? Or worse yet, no one comes? 

These are two big reasons why many school staff and veteran parents decide to forgo real, authentic family outreach: It’s a LOT of work to do it right, and it requires a TEAM approach.

At this time of year, there are a multitude of family engagement meetings (PTA meetings, Back to School Nights, to name a few) and it is my experience that our families and staff always do so much to generate outreach. Nonetheless, it feels like a mad scramble with a few folks shouldering most of the burden (THANK YOU tireless school volunteers and committed staff!).

I have always considered myself a systems person (and I love a good worksheet!) So, with this in mind, and based on years of experience doing family engagement and community organizing, I have created a helpful checklist to help organize and plan for any parent meeting you may have at your site.

Family Outreach Checklist

Please click the link below to download the Pdf of this Family Outreach Checklist of suggested tasks and materials for family-school meetings. Share it with other families and staff at your school. And please share your comments on helpful revisions/edits you think I should make to improve it in the comments below.

What do you think? Do you have any edits or revisions you’d suggest adding to this list? What great strategies/tools can you share to increase communication and outreach at your school? 

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  1. Oops, it looks like your link doesn’t work from my iPad. Maybe I need to get on my laptop? I’d like to suggest using this great tool for our schools next PTA meeting!


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Ali Collins is an educator, community organizer and mom. She lives with her husband and twin girls in San Francisco, CA.


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