Family Engagement Survey
Family Connection of SC and the Transition Alliance of SC have partnered to develop Family Engagement Training Modules for School Districts. The U.S. Department of Education’s, “Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships”, is being used to guide the development of the Family Engagement training modules to help chart a path towards effective family engagement that will be linked to student achievement and school improvement. Therefore we need your assistance. Please take a moment to complete the following survey for us. We will use your DE-IDENTIFIED information to better help us understand the training needs of the educators. We need YOUR perspectives about family-school partnerships to help us understand what is going well? What needs to improve? How can we improve our ways of working together to support transition youth with disabilities?
Please tell us about yourself (check all that apply)
parent/ family member of a youth with disabilities
special education teacher
general education teacher
Support staff (guidance, psychologist, therapist)
Adult agency staff
Youth serving agency staff
Family Connection staff
Please answer these questions based on YOUR experiences working with families and/or professionals in YOUR local area.
1. 💬Value: Professionals make all families feel welcome, build trust, and use two-way communication. In your experience which of the following activities OCCUR NOW to do that?
Print materials (fliers, brochures, checklists) about transition are given to families
Print materials translated into other languages are available for families.
Social media is used to share transition information with families
Informational video clips about transition are available for families.
Professionals are prepared to relate to families of diverse backgrounds.
Family perspectives are gathered within the transition assessment and planning process.
Professionals take time to listen to family concerns.
Families have opportunities to learn about transition options and ask questions.
Families participate in surveys that are used to improve our transition procedures.
Professionals support families to learn about transition from other families.
2. 💡Value: Families are partners in IEP transition planning and implementation. Which of the following best describes family partnership in your district?
Families seldom attend the IEP meeting and have little or no input into the transition plan.
Some families attend the IEP meeting. They agree with the draft plan created by professionals.
Many families attend the IEP meeting. They agree with the draft plan created by professionals after some discussion.
Many/ most families attend the IEP meeting. They make some contributions to the draft plan.
Many/most families attend the IEP meeting. They make significant contributions to a joint plan.
Most families are full partners, participating in the IEP meeting, collaborating on a joint plan, and taking some responsibility for implementation.
3. 😃Value: Professionals support families to empower youths as they develop self-determination skills. In your experience which of the following activities OCCUR NOW?
Workshops for families on the importance of self-determination and how to develop youth self-determination.
Print materials about self-determination given to families (with translated versions available).
Professionals offer families information about successful role models with disabilities.
Professionals speak informally with families about self-determination skill building for their own youth.
Youth learn about self-determination in school and tell families about their changing roles.
Families learn about developing self-determination from other families' experiences.
4. ⏳Value: Professionals connect families with adult transition services. Which of the following activities OCCUR NOW?
Transition Fairs provide families opportunities to learn about available adult transition services.
Print materials about adult transition services are sent home.
Adult transition services are discussed at IEP meetings.
Adult transition service providers attend IEP meetings.
Families participate in field trips to adult service agencies.
Families learn from other families about using adult transition services.
5. In your view, what is one thing (or more) that could improve our local family engagement and partnerships?
We appreciate your thoughts on this survey.
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