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Family Partnerships Resources

The Family Partnerships Toolkit:  Best Practices, Guidelines and Resources

A child's family is their first and most influential teacher.
SFUSD recognizes that authentic partnerships with our students’ families and communities are essential to achieving our primary mission: that every student graduates prepared to succeed in college, career and life.

Specific measures and goals for this work are included in SFUSD’s systems for accountability including our strategic plan, school-site Balanced Score Cards, and the state-mandated Local Control and Accountability Plan.  

It is our collective responsibility, as school and district leaders, to reach out to welcome families, eliminate obstacles to their participation and facilitate ways to support their children’s success.  

SFUSD's Standards for Family Partnership and Empowerment

Family Partnerships Tool Kits – At a Glance

About the Toolkits

  • A collaborative team of staff from multiple SFUSD departments worked together to develop these resources. Drawing from existing models and examples, the team identified priorities and selected the resources to include in the toolkits.

  • Many of these tools were adapted from models based on national research (these sources are noted where relevant). 

  • The tools and links to additional resources reflect recommendations by SFUSD families, advisory groups and community members (identified through focus groups, public forums and our collaborative design process).

  • Included in the toolkits are checklists, rubrics and other tools to serve as “flashlights” that can help illuminate issues and opportunities for growth and development of a strong and supportive school culture and climate.

Video: A Parent's Wishes for His Child's Teachers

A Parent's Wishes for His Child's Teachers (16:16)

Our Research-based Foundation

Research shows that the success of our work relies on the recognition that every family can and will support their child. By drawing on a family’s rich fund of knowledge about their children and community, we can partner with them to provide the best educational experience for their children.  We are excited to offer schools, families and our community these tools and resources to strengthen our partnerships and support our students to succeed.

Want more information? Please contact the SFUSD Family Partnerships and Empowerment Team at