This Toolkit is rich in resources designed to strengthen connections between schools, families, and communities as they work together in partnerships to support student success across all grade levels. It is most effective when used with integrated groups of educators, school staff, families, and community members.

quote Any handout/resource can be modified and copied by school staff, action teams, parent leaders, family liaisons, and community members for use in a variety of practices such as program planning and improvement, enhancing newsletters and school or district Web sites, and providing family workshops and professional development activities.

Please site Toolkit Resources when used as handouts: Working Together Toolkit 2006 *

About The Toolkit

The Toolkit is designed to provide educators with tools and resources for strengthening partnerships between schools and diverse families and communities. The six modules of the Toolkit are designed to help align systemic school, family, and community involvement efforts to characteristics and practices that are common to effective programs.

The Toolkit is based on six areas included in the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools. It was developed and distributed to all school districts in New Mexico in 2006. Numerous outreach efforts have since taken place throughout the state to emphasize the importance of making school, family, and community partnerships a priority. This updated online version of the Toolkit was developed in 2011.


Each module above includes the eight components listed below:

  • Self Assessment
  • NM Teacher Competencies
  • Research Shows
  • Quick Tips /
    Effective Practices
  • Resources /
  • Professional Development
  • Worth a Clicks

A Survey for Assessing School Level Family and Community Partnerships


The Toolkit offers materials for schools and families to use in developing communication, trusting relationships, and skills necessary to bridge school, family, and community partnerships. Each of the six modules above is rich in resources in English and Spanish.

Throughout this Toolkit references are made to parental involvement, parents, fathers and mothers. All such references should be interpreted broadly to include the adults who play an important role in the child’s family life, since other adults- grandparents, aunts, uncles, step-parents, siblings, guardians, - may have a responsibility for a child’s education, development and well being.

In addition, all references to “school staff” may include district and/or school-family liaisons, teachers, educational assistants, counselors, principals, federal and state program coordinators, support staff, as well as cafeteria and custodial staff.