Resources for Educators

Educator Resources

Debunking Myths About Middle School

For many adults, the mere mention of middle school is enough to twist their stomach into knots. Thanks to a combination of pop culture ... read more

Picture Books About Gender

According to the Mayo Clinic, children start noticing differences between genders before they turn two years old, and have a clear idea read more

Let’s Revisit Reframing!

In the fall of 2021, MASFEC hosted a Reframing Institute that offered concrete strategies for generating buy-in and investment in ... read more

Online Resources for Curious Kids

Rainy day? Too hot to be outside? But just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you can’t explore the world around us! Increasingly, ... read more

Meeting Families Where They Are

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Tips for Creating a Student Snapshot

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Tips for Communicating with Families

Ongoing communication with families is essential for building and sustaining positive relationships!     read more

Family Engagement and the Special Education Evaluation Cycle

  In the document below, you will find best practices for engaging families during the special education evaluation process. ... read more

Early Math Tips for Families

Math is all around us. Ideal teaching moments for learning about math occur all day. Caregivers can help by using everyday activities ... read more

National Review of Statewide Family Engagement Centers

Our partners at the National Association for Family, School, and Community Partnerships recently released a comprehensive review of the read more

MASFEC Tip Sheets

MASFEC and our parent organization, the Federation for Children with Special Needs, provide a variety of printable resources designed ... read more

A Rhyming Picture Book Roundup

In its earliest stages, learning to read is all about recognizing patterns and sounds. Particularly if they are learning through a ... read more

Initial Learnings, Still Time to Respond! 2021 Family Engagement Survey

We have begun exploring initial results, but there’s still time to respond to the 2021 Statewide Family Engagement Survey! ... read more

Family Engagement and the American Rescue Plan

Within the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan, $123 billion in funding will support K-12 education – including ... read more

Painless Pre-Writing Activities

Most children start writing legible letters and numbers around four or five years old, though it differs from child to child. Before ... read more

June Family Literacy Calendar

Our family literacy calendars are designed to reinforce reading fundamentals and the love of reading. June provides rich opportunities ... read more

Acceleration Roadmap: Pathway to an Equitable Recovery

On May 25, 2021, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the Acceleration Roadmap: Pathway to an Equitable ... read more

Summer Learning and Enrichment: Tips for Childcare Providers

As a summertime child care provider, you can help school-age children and their families make the most of the summer months and avoid ... read more

The Family Institute for Student Success (FISS) Graduations

One of MASFEC’s initiatives is the Family Institute for Student Success (FISS), a program run by PIQE in collaboration with DESE ... read more

May Family Literacy Calendar

Our family literacy calendars are designed to reinforce reading fundamentals and the love of reading. Flowers, gardening… and ... read more

Self-Regulation Activities for Young Children

Between the ages of 2 and 6, we humans undergo one of the most dramatic developmental shifts of our lifetimes, transforming from ... read more

Learn About the MA Family Engagement Framework

In June 2020, Massachusetts finalized Strengthening Partnerships: A Framework for Prenatal through Young Adulthood Family Engagement in read more

Community Council Members Wanted

A new pilot program of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning, is working to ... read more

Building Empathy in Young Children

Empathy, defined as feeling and acting out of compassion for others, is not an inherent human trait, but a skill that built over time. ... read more

Keys to Building Positive Relationships with Families

Relationships nurture the partnerships that are needed for children to succeed in school. Positive relationships between families and ... read more

April Family Literacy Calendar

Our family literacy calendars are designed to reinforce reading fundamentals and the love of reading. They say that April showers bring read more

Understanding District Report Cards

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Novak: What is Universal Design?

MASFEC is pleased to unveil a new resource on family engagement, developed in partnership with Katie Novak, internationally recognized ... read more

Universal Design for Family Engagement

MASFEC is pleased to unveil a new resource on family engagement, developed in partnership with Katie Novak, internationally recognized ... read more

Learn and Have Fun with Mathu

This year, MASFEC has benefited from the creative and joyful approach of virtual educator-and-author-in-residence Mathangi Subramanian, read more

DESE Office of Student and Family Support

Family engagement is a key lever for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to contribute to ... read more

Snow Science for Preschoolers

Winter means snow, cold temperatures – and science! The following activities are a great way to help children explore the natural ... read more

A Reading List for Lunar New Year

This year, Asians around the world will be celebrating Lunar New Year on Friday, February 12. This holiday is a great opportunity to ... read more

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has created these resources to help inform the public about the COVID-19 vaccine. You can read more

Visions of Community Virtual Conference

Visions of Community, the annual conference of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, offers unparalleled information and ... read more

What is Family Engagement? Jen’s View

I was an educator in multiple settings before becoming a parent and have experienced family engagement on both ends of the spectrum. I ... read more

Night Activites

Winter days are short, which means there is more time when children can see the night sky. This is particularly exciting for ... read more

Talking to Children About Violence at the US Capitol

In the wake of the events of January 6th, 2021, many of our educators, families, and children will struggle in the coming weeks. As ... read more

Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals

In June, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released Strengthening Partnerships: A Framework for Prenatal through ... read more

Curriculum: Tech Basics for ESOLs

MASFEC Partner English for New Bostonians has developed a new curriculum for teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages ... read more

Caregiver Self Care Strategies that won’t add to your To-Do List

Most articles about self-care try to convince you to do something: buy a product, exercise more, eat less, or otherwise add something ... read more

Frameworks Institute Offers Strategies for Building a Culture of Family Engagement 

If you are reading this, chances are you are already convinced that family engagement is a powerful catalyst for any number of positive read more

Small Children, Big Feelings

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread financial struggles caused by quarantine and lockdown, drawn-out conflicts over the ... read more

Google Classroom Help

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Help for IXL Learning

Are your children using IXL for remote learning? Do you need some help navigating IXL? Here are some useful resources: IXL Parent ... read more

Engaging Engagement?

Let’s start by wondering who the families are that we serve and why families, schools and educators might want to partner. Seems ... read more

Diwali: Bringing Light into the Darkness

This year, Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, falls on November 14. Whether you are a practicing Hindu, a parent looking to ... read more

Family Engagement is Making Headlines

A number of education journals and news websites have focused on the subject of family engagement since hybrid and fully-remote ... read more

Helping Your Child with Financial Literacy

Build your kids’ money skills! This site has games and activities that can help your children and young adults gain money skills. You ... read more

An Indigenous Reading List for Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving time, all over the country, children in the early grades will learn the story of the Mayflower. Unfortunately, the most read more

Fall Science

Autumn means falling leaves, hot apple cider – and lots of opportunities for preschool science! Young children are natural scientists, ... read more

Strengthening Partnerships Training of Trainers

Training of Trainers Series 2021-2022 In June 2020, Massachusetts finalized Strengthening Partnerships: A Framework for Prenatal ... read more

An Election Reading List

This November’s election is poised to be one of the most turbulent in recent memory. Even if you haven’t explicitly told your youngest ... read more

What is Family Engagement? Sherri’s view

If you ask a roomful of people to define family engagement, you often get a roomful of answers! I’ve found many people have their own ... read more

Positive Solutions for Educators: Free Train the Trainer

We are excited to provide this 10 hour virtual course for educators. Upon completion, educators will be prepared to launch a Positive ... read more

Welcome to MASFEC!

Welcome to the Massachusetts Statewide Family Engagement Center (MASFEC)!  MASFEC strengthens the capacity of educators, families, and ... read more

Introducing Mindful Mondays for Educators

Introducing Mindful Mondays! The school year has started, and many of us are feeling overwhelmed. Come join other educators from across read more

School Reopening Resources for Teachers

Educators, we’d like to welcome you back to the school year with some strategies to build family engagement during remote and ... read more

Connecting With English-Learner Families: 5 Ideas to Help Schools

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Council for Exceptional Children – Resources for Teaching Remotely

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Dual Capacity Framework Version 2

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The Schools Teachers Leave: Teacher Mobility in Chicago Public Schools

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Ten Ideas for Engaging Parents

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The Center for Family Engagement

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Family Engagement: Resource Roundup

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Effective Strategies for Engaging Parents: Real-Life Experiences that Make a Difference

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Understanding Childhood Trauma

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Dispelling the Myth of “English Only”: Understanding the Importance of the First Language in Second Language Learning

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Beyond Random Acts: Family, School, and Community Engagement as an Integral Part of Education Reform

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Taking It To the Next Level: Strengthening and Sustaining Family Engagement through Integrated, Systemic Practice

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Beyond caring: Mapping the gaps between expert, public, practitioner, and policymaker understandings of family, school, and community engagement

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From Caring to Conditions: Strategies for effectively communicating about family, school, and community engagement (A FrameWorks Framing Brief )

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Parental Effort, School Resources, and Student Achievement

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A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement

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Share the Message:Read! Communication Resource Guide

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Literacy Instruction

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Barriers to Parent-School Involvement for Early Elementary Students

The purpose of this report The purpose of this report is to describe basic descriptive statistics on barriers to parent-school ... read more