Build Effective School-Family Partnerships

The Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy can be used with all parents to enhance their ability to partner with educators on students’ behalf. It is a simple strategy that can be integrated into your existing workflow – without the need for additional infrastructure, personnel, or funding. The Right Question Strategy sharpens parents’ ability to generate questions and participate effectively in decisions. These skills enhance their ability to support, monitor, and advocate for their children.

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Introducing the Right Question School Family Partnership Strategy

This annotated PowerPoint will introduce you to the origins of the strategy, its rationale, its components, and some examples of…

Strengthening Parents’ Skills to Ask Better Questions Using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)

You can use this resource to prepare parents to ask better questions about their children’s education. This resource includes the…

[Video] Using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Groups

A team of teachers in Los Angeles and a facilitator in New Hampshire lead groups of parents through all the steps of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to think together about two scenarios: “Your child might be held back in the same grade for one more year” and “your child’s school environment.” The facilitator in New Hampshire describes the QFT to parents in this way: “You’re going to see how simple it is and how powerful it is as well.”

[Video] Using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) with Individuals

Parents and educators can use the Question Formulation Technique to have more productive conversations – in group settings or during one-on-one meetings. In this video, a home-school coordinator in New Hampshire works with a mother concerned about her son’s ability to graduate on time. She also meets with a young man who serves as guardian to his younger brother.

[Video] Three Roles Parents Can Play in Their Children’s Education

Effective partnerships between schools and parents are more likely when parents play three key roles: supporting their child’s education, monitoring their progress, and advocating for them when necessary. In this video, parents in New Hampshire and Los Angeles reflect on the support, monitor, and advocate model.

ASCD Author Video: Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions: A Powerful Strategy for Strengthening School-Family Partnerships

In this video, Right Question Institute (RQI) Co-Director Luz Santana shares her thoughts and insights about RQI’s exciting work on…

Helping Families Ask Questions Could Be Your Most Powerful Engagement Tool

Helping Families Ask Questions Could Be Your Most Powerful Engagement Tool
Now, the Right Question Institute is going back to its roots, leading workshops with parents and districts around using the…

‘Partnering With Parents’ by Asking Questions

‘Partnering With Parents’ by Asking Questions
Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein and Agnes Bain agreed to answer a few questions about their new book, Partnering With Parents…

A Pathway out of Poverty for Students in Low-Income Communities: Learning to Ask Questions

A Pathway out of Poverty for Students in Low-Income Communities: Learning to Ask Questions
I know poverty. I’ve been on welfare. I’ve worked on the factory floor. I’ve been laid off. And I’ve had…

Helping Parents Ask Good Questions

Helping Parents Ask Good Questions
You wish you could spend time with every student’s parents or guardians to make sure all adults in their lives…
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