Facebook Pixel

Choose multi-year PD proven to sustain school improvement — Learn more

Free Reproducibles

On the Same Team

Bringing Educators and Underrepresented Families Together

The urgency for educators to commit to diversity and equity work in their schools calls for a framework that will help narrow achievement and opportunity gaps. This book offers the guidance you need to nurture strong family-school partnerships that are essential for student success.


  • Differentiate between family involvement in schools and the authentic, mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships behind FET teams.
  • Facilitate a successful and inspiring launch of the framework with key preparation steps.
  • Prepare for common roadblocks and identify potential barriers to successful implementation.
  • Foster the habits and skills behind a successful FET team leader.
  • Use team-building activities, as well as sample email messages, questions to ask primary caregivers, calendars, timelines, and other practical resources.

Get your copy today

On the Same Team

Buy now

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Families and Educators Together Teams
Chapter 2: Building Your Teams
Chapter 3: Preparing for the Launch
Chapter 4: Making Your First FET Meeting a Success
Chapter 5: Being a Great Team Leader
Chapter 6: Taking Action and Sustaining the Momentum
Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix B: Organizational Tools
Appendix C: Outreach Materials
Appendix D: Meeting Activities



Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D



  • Conzemius, A., & O’Neill, J. (2005). The Power of SMART goals. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (1998). Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best practices for enhancing student achievement. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T. W., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by doing: A handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Weaver, L., & Wilding, M. (2013). The 5 dimensions of engaged teaching: A practical guide for educators. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.