Family Engagement Framework

Family Framework

The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD) and the Parental Involvement Office strongly believe that all parents, teachers, and community leaders are a “valuable link” in the educational success of all students. We promote the involvement of these key stakeholders by having them take part in the process that allows them to contribute by providing input to the efforts of continuously attempting to provide services that will maximize the quality of education for all students in ECISD. We have established a family engagement plan in an effort to increase the collaboration between all stakeholders. The family engagement plan will: (a) facilitate family-to-family support; (b) establish a network of community resources; (c) increase family participation in decision making; (d) equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning; (e) provide ongoing professional development opportunities for educators on culturally responsive, evidence-based strategies that support the education of the child; and (f) evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement.

The active participation of parents, teachers, business and community leaders in all aspects of students’ education is a valuable tool that the Edinburg C.I.S.D. welcomes and respects at all times. Working together with these stakeholders makes the “Legacy of Excellence continue…

Components ECISD's Strategic Plan
Facilitate family-to-family support

ECISD will ensure the plan is applicable in different environments. The district plan will include but is not limited to Parental Involvement Assistants at each elementary campus to assist with the campus-family relationship. We will provide parents with opportunities to participate in district and campus initiatives, such as:

  • Read aloud Programs
  • ECISD Family newsletter
  • Literacy luncheons
  • Evening hands-on activities
  • Goal-oriented home visits to identify strengths, interests, and needs
Provide information about the existing parent-to-parent organizations, family peer networks and/or parent-initiated school-community efforts in order to continue to be leaders/advocates in the community and in their children’s campus.
Establish a network of community resources

ECISD in partnership with several Community and 

Faith-Based organizations will establish resources that provide services to the students, in an effort to equip parents and caregivers in identifying and appreciating the developmental growth of their child. Some of the resources will be:

  • The Children’s Health Coalition of the Rio Grande Valley (CHRGV)
  • First United Methodist Church-“IN His Steps Shoe Bank”
  • Eyear Optical-“Eye exam/glasses for Pre-K students
  • South Texas Literacy-free books
  • Texas Valley Communities Foundation
  • United Way of South Texas
  • Children’s Defense Fund-assist in outreach services for uninsured children
Increase family participation in decision making

ECISD encourages family participation in decision-making. We want parents to share their goals of engagement. Their contributions are crucial to a well-rounded and well thought out plan that will facilitate support for all stakeholders and impact positive student achievement. Parents will be invited to participate and serve in:

  • Campus and District wide Site-Based Decision Making Committees (SBDM)
  • Superintendent’s District Parent Round Table (SDPRT)
  • Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
  • Regularly scheduled district and campus-level meetings
  • Invite family feedback on activities
Equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning

ECISD will equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning by providing parents for example, with monthly calendars with at home activities that are age and developmentally appropriate for the children and activities, such as:

  • Campus Literacy Events
  • Ingles sin Barreras,, and Rosetta Stone for parents
  • Make and Takes
  • Parent Youth Fair
Provide ongoing professional development opportunities for educators on culturally responsive, evidence-based strategies that support the education of the child; and

ECISD’s goal is to bring awareness of the district’s Parental Involvement Program, ESSA/Federal requirements and guidelines with emphasis on the value and impact of parent’s contribution to school.

  • Staff development offered at administrator, faculty, and department meetings
  • Develop staff skills to support families to meet their learning goals
  • Support parent-child relationships in a way that values the culture and language of families and recognize how different cultures may influence family development
  • Develop effective communication strategies
  • Bring in speakers
  • Region One trainings
  • Provide families with training in parent leadership and support
Evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement Trainings, workshops, meetings, and parental involvement activities, when applicable, are followed with an evaluation which provides parents the opportunity to express their views on the value of the activity.
  • Use parent input to provide valuable information in the planning, development and implementation of programs for the district
  • Work together with families to imagine new learning opportunities for their child
  • Compile evaluation data and use it to plan and implement a more effective Parental Involvement Program