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Parent and Community Engagement Toolkit


Facilitate your session in four steps:
Prepare – Promote – Host – Submit Feedback

Thank you for considering having a conversation about building DC's school report card with parents and families in your network. These feedback sessions will go a long way to building a DC School Report Card that has the voice of DC’s parents and community at its core. As you prepare for your session, below is everything you need to know (and probably a little more) to have the best community feedback session ever! Before you dig in, we want to say thank you again for being willing to engage with the parents who trust you in order to help us build a School Report Card of which we can all be proud. – Team OSSE

Download Full Toolkit in: English | Spanish  |  Amharic


Get Ready! Review the resources in this toolkit, the background on ESSA, and the glossary to get acclimated to why we are doing this work. Once you've scheduled your event, be sure to register it with us so we know what's happening around town. Importantly, practice your script so that your meeting runs smoothly. Need funding or other support? Request it to let us know how we can help make your engagement session better for your participants.

Facilitator Guide | Facilitator Script | Register Your Event | Get to Know DC's ESSA Plan | Glossary | Request Support



Say It Loud! Now that you have determined a date, time, and location for your meeting, be sure to spread the word. You will have the best sense for how to reach the parents in your network. Below are a few helpful tools to help you get as many people as possible to your event.

Invitation Email Language | Promo Flyer Template | Sample Facebook Posts | Sample Twitter Posts | Sample Text Message



Let's Get Talking! Now that you’ve spread the word and parents are coming to your session, it’s time to host an engaging meeting. Everything you need to run a meeting from sign in sheets to activity materials are below. All you need to do is download and print them out!

FAQ Sheet | Sign in Sheet | “Top 3/ Bottom 3” Activity | "You Build It" Activity | Feedback Collection Tool | Participant Demographic Survey | Sample Agenda | Sample PowerPoint | Name Badge Template



Tell Us What You Heard! Congratulations on your feedback session! We’re sure it was amazing. There are two ways you can submit the feedback you collected to us: you can either upload the feedback tool spreadsheet and scanned demographic surveys electronically, OR you can request for a member of the OSSE team to pick it up from you. The choice is yours. Please do what's most convenient for you.

Email Your Feedback | Request Feedback Pickup


Have questions? We're at your service! Email [email protected] with any questions you have and we will get back to you within 48 hours.