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Family and Community Engagement



Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to engaging and partnering with families to build relationships that support and improve the learning, development,
and health of children at home, in school, and in the community. 

Pam Clayton
Family Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 509-526-6781

Building a Community Partner Database:

Join me in the beginning steps of strengthening our schools around family and community engagement.Help me develop a resource list of partners throughout our community so we can better access services for families and children in our school district.

Tell me how you support children and families in our community. Please fill out the database survey. 

Community Partner Database Survey 

Family Engagement Survey:

Please take our survey so we know how we're doing with family engagement.

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Family Activities and Events Calendar:

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General Family Engagement Information

  • Parents are children's first and most influential teachers.  By reading to children or having them read to us, by making sure homework is done, by monitoring television use, by knowing how children spend their time, parents can have a powerfully positive effect on their children's learning."  ~ U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Over thirty years of research has proven that parent engagement is one of the largest determining factors related to school success. When parents are involved and engaged in their children's education the results are positive:  children achieve higher grades, they attend school regularly, they demonstrate more positive attitudes and behavior, they graduate at higher rates, and they have a greater enrollment in higher education.

Why is Family Engagement Important?



Where Children Spend Their Time:

  • School children spend approximately 12% of their time in school, 55% of their time out of school, and 33% of their time sleeping.
  • We need to help parents understand how to help their children learn when they aren’t in school.
  • The primary emphasis is to give parents the opportunity to be involved in their child’s educational growth outside of the regular school-day classroom and to see some of the enriching things their child is learning

When Parents Should Get Involved:

  • The earlier in a child's educational process parent engagement begins, the more powerful the effects
  • The most effective forms of parent engagement are those which involve parents in working directly with their children on learning activities at home

Major Factors of Parent Involvement:

Three major factors of parental engagement in the education of their children:

  1. Parents' beliefs about what is important, necessary and permissible for them to do with and on behalf of their children
  2. The extent to which parents believe that they can have a positive influence on their children's education
  3. Parents' perceptions that their children and school want them to be involved

Type of Involvement:

  • With guidance and support, parents can become increasingly involved in home learning activities and find themselves with opportunities to teach, to be models for and to guide their children
  • When schools encourage children to practice reading at home with parents, the children make significant gains in reading achievement compared to those who only practice at school
  • Parents, who read to their children, have books available, take trips, guide TV watching, and provide stimulating experiences contribute to student achievement
  • Achieve: Get Involved.  Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Children’s Education
  • 16 Ways Parents Can be Involved in the Classroom

Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to establishing effective family engagement programs by:

Family Engagement Guidelines

  • Recognizing that all parents, regardless of income, education level, or cultural background, want to be involved in their children’s education and want their children to do well in school
  • Linking family and community engagement efforts to student learning
  • Creating initiatives that will support families to guide their children’s learning from preschool through high school
  • Developing the capacity of school staff to work with families
  • Focusing efforts to engage families on developing trusting and respectful relationships
  • Embracing a philosophy of partnership and be willing to share power with families
  • Making sure that parents and school staff understand that the responsibility for children’s educational development is a collaborative enterprise

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