Sanger Unified School District (SUSD) has been engaged in rigorous efforts to improve student outcomes through instructional and organizational innovations. While these efforts have facilitated important gains in student outcomes, schools sometimes struggle to engage with families as partners in efforts to foster students’ academic success and social-emotional health. Recently, SUSD joined forces with the Sanger Family Resource Center (FRC), a program of Comprehensive Youth Services of Fresno, Inc. Their shared work is to create a new Family Engagement Multi-Tiered System of Support (FE-MTSS). In 2018, SUSD engaged the Gardner Center as a research partner to inform these efforts. This issue brief reports research findings from a qualitative study conducted during fall 2018, detailing the current family engagement landscape in Sanger schools and discussing considerations for practice.
Fehrer, K., and Gerstein, A. (2019). Family Engagement in Sanger Unified School District. Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.