Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 introduced many updates regarding family engagement. Anne T. Henderson of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform released an excellent brief detailing the updates. LivingTree uniquely addresses the need to implement campus and district wide collaboration – allowing for two way conversation in native language. Below are relevant excerpts from […] read more...

Teaching Tolerance

Families join our teachers from a variety of circumstances and cultures. Moving beyond beginning of school introductions to partnership takes planning and effort. True family engagement is a year long process. Teaching Tolerance has excellent resources available to guide teachers in partnering with ALL families throughout the year to achieve ultimate student success. From this […] read more...

Family Engagement Rubric

Family engagement is the number one driver of student success, but it is often difficult to set goals and measure results. We were excited to come across a free rubric by the Flamboyan Foundation. The rubric lays out three critical criteria for the central players in engagement, our teachers: Teacher beliefs and mindsets Trusting relationships […] read more...

Effective Engagement Principles

The National Association for the Education of Young Children outlines six key principles used by exemplary programs. They’ve found that common practices lead to successful family engagement. These principles are outlined in detail along with profiles from the exemplary programs. The six principles: Invite families to participate in decision making and goal setting for their […] read more...

Harvard Teaching Cases

The Harvard family research project has put years of research into developing effective family engagement frameworks and teaching case studies. These case studies are a great resource for working with your teachers and staff to develop effective methods for community engagement. Even better, they’re available to you for FREE! In the words of the Harvard family […] read more...

Broadening Family Engagement

We’re delighted to share the following from guest blogger, Eden Segal. Family engagement in schools is based on relationships How do you recruit families? Invite and build relationships. Communication is a two-way proposition that is critical to building relationships. We often “push” information to families. We send home fliers in backpacks, post schedules in main […] read more...

A “whole community on board”

  LivingTree Pride – Cindy Nelson Cindy Nelson wears many hats at Park Row Christian Academy: School nurse, receptionist, admissions assistant, social media specialist, and LivingTree expert. Cindy has spent the last three years helping PRCA carry out their mission to share knowledge, skills and spiritual values with students. Like many who work in the K12 […] read more...

Lori Genzer’s LivingTree Story

LivingTree Pride – Lori Genzer, LivingTree Senior Relationship Manager Teaching has always been a passion for Lori Genzer. “Nothing beats that light bulb moment when you see those eyes light up with understanding.” Because Lori’s elementary school served many ESL students and parents, communicating with her parents was a major challenge, and two-way conversation with a parent […] read more...

Connecting teachers, parents, and students in ONE place!

After Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman’s first year of student teaching in one of Houston’s inner-city schools, Gretchen knew she wanted to continue her career educating students in urban school communities. Gretchen chose the k-12 education field because she desired to make a difference in the world, and she firmly believes “education is the most important thing.” Gretchen […] read more...

Abbey Buchert’s LivingTree Story

LivingTree Pride: Abbey Buchert, 2nd Grade Teacher Abbey is in her seventh year of teaching, and second year at Cascadia Elementary School in Seattle, Washington. Greatly influenced by her own 5th grade teacher, Abbey became an educator because she desired to show children that learning could be a positive and exciting experience. Understanding the link between […] read more...