Family Engagement

Strategies for Family Engagement with Schools Video

Designed for family members, this 10 minute video explains the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) and offers concrete tips and strategies to engage with school partners more effectively. The video features family members and school staff from around Virginia, sharing their own lived experiences and suggestions for building stronger connections between families and educators to improve outcomes for all students.  A fact sheet accompanies the video. Spanish and Arabic captions are available via YouTube settings.

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Family Engagement in VTSS videos

This series of videos features six key elements to engage families in Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS). Designed for use by educators and families, the three videos highlight specific strategies for school teams to consider as they build momentum around family-school partnerships and strengthen skills to meaningfully engage families in multi-tiered systems.

Spanish and Arabic captions are available via YouTube settings. A fact sheet accompanies the videos.

Produced by Formed Families Forward, family partner to the VTSS project, in conjunction with Atom Stream Communications, LLC.

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    SPANISH Fact Sheet, in accessible Word format

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    ARABIC Fact Sheet


Engaging Families in Mental Health and Disability Services tip sheet

This one pager from the new Northern Virginia Family Network (NVFN) designed for professional staff who work with families and youth. It offers some brief, straightforward suggestions and reminders about effectively communicating and building partnerships with families who are in need of education, mental health, disability and other services and supports.

Members of the NVFN are found on the back of the flyer.

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Linking Systems of Care Virginia toolkit

A number of resources have been developed to support community and state-level implementation of the Linking Systems of Care Model for the provision of services and referrals to children, youth, and families. The toolkit includes a family engagement guide, a screening tool for use with individuals who may have been victimized or have trauma impact, and a trauma informed agency assessment, among others.

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