Family Engagement Champions

About the Program

When schools engage parents and families, students do better at school. 

We're seeking a diverse group of educators who want to be leaders of Family Engagement in their schools. Over the course of five months, this cohort of school staff from across South Dakota will convene to learn about the power of true school and family partnerships, reflect on current practices in their work environments, and create activities that facilitate school, family, and community engagement. Participants will grow to become Family Engagement Champions, while creating lasting and professional friendships with other cohort members. Download the flyer.


  • Participants will define successful school, family, and community partnerships.
  • Participants will identify strengths and needs of their schools for family engagement.
  • Participants will create school teams to assist in implementing family engagement activities.
  • Participants will establish an action plan to improve school, family, and community partnerships moving forward at their schools.


  • Any school staff is encouraged to apply, including but not limited to teachers, counselors, librarians, paraprofessionals, clerical staff, and custodians.
  • Participants should apply with another staff member as a team of two from a school or districts.
  • All applicants must have the support of a principal or administrator to approve leave for meetings and assist with implementation of Family Engagement activities.
  • Participants must attend all meetings.

Spring 2023 Meeting Schedule

Monday, January 30

9 AM – 4 PM Central | Pierre, SD

Monday, February 27

9 AM – 4 PM Central | Pierre, SD

Monday, March 27

9 AM – 4 PM Central | Pierre, SD

Monday, April 24

9 AM – 4 PM Mountain | TIE Conference | Rapid City, SD 


Additional Information

  • All travel expenses, including mileage and meals will be reimbursed. Hotel rooms in Pierre and Rapid City will be provided. Registration cost for TIE Conference on April 24 will be paid for by SD SFEC.
  • Participants who complete all meetings and assignments will receive a stipend of $500.
  • CEUs or Grad Credits will be available.
  • Participants will build lasting friendships and connections with educators from across the state.

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