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Family engagement in education is critical for student success. Increased family engagement can have a positive effect on key educational measures: student motivation (Cheung & Pomerantz, 2012), student behavior (Sheldon & Epstein, 2002), student optimism toward schooling (Oberg De La Garza & Moreno Kuri, 2014), and student attendance (McConnell & Kubina, 2014; Sheldon, 2007). Ackley and Cullen (2010) found that home/school collaboration has a positive effect on family relationships, reducing stress on parents and children. Students, whose families are engaged, experience higher levels of homework completion, enhanced school satisfaction, higher engagement in school, higher graduation rates, and, ultimately, higher academic outcomes such as test scores and grades.


Despite these well-known benefits of family/school collaboration, true collaboration is actually very rare (Ishimaru, 2013). Language barriers, immigration status, lack of navigational capital, high mobility rates, and stresses related to poverty are some of the reasons that families and schools fail to connect. Additionally, educators may have unrecognized deficit mentalities regarding the resources available in homes, especially homes living in poverty or speaking a language other than English.



TeleNGAGE will connect families and schools for enhanced understanding and capacity building. Each TeleNGAGE session, centered around case-based learning and mentorship, will help families and educators enter into the perspective of the other. Families will gain skills and efficacy as they are given a “voice” in discussions, and they will gain navigational capital to learn to work with schools more effectively to address the needs of their children. Educators will learn new approaches for applying their knowledge and skills across diverse cultural and economic contexts. As capacity of families and schools increase, they will learn to collaborate in ways that are sustainable and that lead to enhanced educational outcomes.



TeleNGAGE is the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 12-1pm, cst.

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  1. Enhanced communication between families and schools
  2. Capacity building of families and educators as they learn to work together
  3. Increased attendance rates and homework completion of children whose families are participating in TeleNGAGE
  4. Shared understandings of challenges faced by families and schools
  5. Development of strategies to address those challenges
  6. Enhanced family efficacy as they grow in their ability to communicate and collaborate with schools
  7. Enhanced family navigational and social capital (access to resources, support, etc.) through networks established in TeleNGAGE
  8. Enhanced family expectations regarding their child’s academic performance
  9. Decrease in challenges as families and schools work together
  10. Development of strategies for student engagement, even during COVID19 closures*
  11. Enhanced academic outcomes such as grades and test scores


*During COVID19 school closures, many families are assuming much more responsibility for their children’s education. Outcomes during COVID19 closures include: enhanced student time on task, enhanced family/school communication, troubleshooting and problem solving regarding virtual education, emotional and social support for families and schools, and shared expectations regarding student performance. The ECHO model provides an important platform to support families and schools during this stressful time.

Hub Team

Kathy Curry, TeleNGAGE Facilitator, Brock Professor Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University

Sara Rich, Clinical Assistant Professor, Certified School Psychologist, Oklahoma State University

Amanda Richards, Consultant Practice Partner, Possip

Robert Beattie, Assistant Principal Jefferson Elementary School, Pryor PS

Tim Newton, President, Drexel Academy

Christie Combs, 5th Grade Team Leader, Mustang Virtual Academy

Ashlyn Fiegener, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma state university

Sarah Price, Federal Programs Administrator, Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Katie Seefeldt, parent representative

Jessica L. Tucker, TeleNGAGE ECHO Coordinator

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