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Supersize your school's family engagement this year!

Place your order anytime of the year! Utilize the Toolbox when you need it!

In a U.S. Department of Education study, a majority of Title I schools indicate that compacts help promote family involvement. Title I principals were asked to rate the helpfulness of compacts in achieving different types of school and family outcomes. Responses tended to differ by school poverty, with the highest-poverty schools finding compacts most helpful.In the highest-poverty schools, 85 percent of principals found Title I compacts helpful in supporting homework completion.

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About 8 out of 10 principals in high-poverty Title I schools rated compacts as helpful, as did a majority of principals in low-poverty schools.

  • Across all schools, about 30 percent of the principals considered compacts “very helpful”.

  • Principals perceived compacts as having the greatest impact on homework completion, school climate, student discipline, and reading at home—factors that are amenable to intervention by school-family partnership activities.

What is in the Parental Involvement Toolbox? 

Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Toolbox contains our compact - the Parental Involvement Pledge - and a program designed for educators and parent leaders who strive to supersize and mobilize family engagement to improve student outcomes. Each Toolbox' Parental Involvement Pledge and Parental Involvement Report Card (both print and online versions) are branded with each school's logo's for distribution to every student and family.  Schools organize parent responsibility with an effective model that is research-based, meets district, state and Title I ESSA mandates. Read about one school that has used the Toolbox for nine years. (Parental Involvement Toolbox Annual Reproduction Rights are available for 12 month increments per school. Master copies of all documents are delivered by email in Adobe pdf or located online.)

The Parental Involvement Pledge

1. Learning Compact & Report Card Family Engagement Tools

Title I ESSA Project Appleseed

2. National Events: Act locally twice each year! 

Can your school be so welcoming, so inviting,

and so comfortable that every person who walks through the doors believes they are about

to have an amazing experience?

3. New! The Red Carpet Treatment - Welcome All Families!


Our Red Carpet Treatment tool is our family friendly walk through process. It is a tool to provide schools with the opportunity to meet as a team in order to identify ways in which the school can create a more welcoming environment for families. Parents, including parents of children with disabilities, community members, school board members, educators, and administrators are asked to consider looking at the school through the lenses of all of the families who attend that school. This process can provide you and your school with a lot of great information and ideas. Our guide has five different sections that focus on different aspects of engaging parents and families:

  • ESSA Title I Family Engagement

  • Physical Environment

  • School-wide Practices & Policies

  • Welcoming School Staff

  • Communication

Project Appleseed Parental Involvement Toolbox
Project Appleseed Parental Involvement Toolbox

4. Planning & Training

Project Appleseed, family engagement, parental involvement public schools

"A 10% increase in parental participation (a form of social capital) would increase academic achievement far more than a 10% increase in school spending."

Project Appleseed, family engagement, parental involvement public schools

This is not an argument against school budget increases, but an argument for paying attention to social capital (Putnam, Sanders 2001). Research repeatedly correlates family engagement with student achievement, yet this strategy is rarely activated as an integral part of school reform efforts (Weiss et al, 2010).  Our program can increase family engagement in your school community!

Project Appleseed's Parental Involvement Toolbox is ourl program designed for educators and parent leaders to supersize and mobilize family engagement.

You get unlimited membershio reproduction rights to our web site content for distribution in newsletters, memos, booklets, pamphlets and more for one year!*

Learn family engagement with our In-person or Online training!. Utilize one of America's most accessible parent and family engagement leaders in your schools!

Download our slideshow: Strong Families, Strong Schools! Family engagement should be an essential strategy in building partnership with parents.