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Promising Practices

Each year, the Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative accepts applications from districts and/or schools who are implementing practices that yield high parent and family engagement. These practices are rated on: the goal of the practice, evidence of increased student outcomes, and if all stakeholders are involved in the data collection, planning collaboration, and the evaluation processes.

Once the application window closes, all entries are reviewed by a committee, rated using a rubric, and then 3-4 of the top rated are selected to receive an award at the Annual PFE Statewide Conference held each year in October. In addition to receiving the award, selected schools/districts are invited to present their practice at the conference, as well as recognized on the PFE Statewide Initiative’s website and in our newsletter.

Applications for the 2024 Promising Practices Award are now closed.

While applications are being reviewed, browse past winners below.
2023 Promising Practices Recipients


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Working Together for Our Families: Parent Education Program and Family Engagement Partnering Together

This practice provides family support for parenting students and their parents/guardians by creating a cohort of specific parenting classes that will enrich, equip, and empower these individuals to build their capacity as parents and provide a community of support.
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Alianza Conexión Hispana 
Advisory Committee
This practice provides students, parents, school staff, and community members an opportunity to be a part of the school district decision-making process, create a safe space where they can have a voice, share their input to improve the quality of our district practices and make a difference in policies and regulation affecting our students. The Alianza Conexión Hispana advisory committee also seeks to bridge the gap between parents, students, community members, and our current school committees.
North East ISD Logo Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)
This practice is a collaborative model of conferencing that engages families in student learning by aligning grade level learning concepts, student performance data, and family-teacher communication in a whole group/team setting.
St. Anthony Academy Logo Parent Preview Night
This practice is a dinner and program night where the teachers and principal present the coming six weeks curriculum and expectations. If parents are not able to attend personally, they may attend virtually.



2022 Promising Practices Winners

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Pink Elementary-Project LEARN 

Project LEARN exists to help at-risk children become successful and to provide the education and encouragement to their parents to become partners as well as strong and informed advocates in their children’s education.  

The practice is identified as a need since parents have requested this service.  District leaders have been active in providing equity for all stakeholders in Lamar CISD Title I survey and District Improvement Plan.

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Nacogdoches ISD-Parent Family Community Engagement Activities to the Next Level

The goal of this practice is to increase parent, family and community involvement, engagement and empowerment by promoting effective customer service and communication in accordance with the needs of students and parents.

Needs we identified from different sources, including, but not limited to paper surveys, online surveys, community meetings, committee meetings, talking to parents to ask about their needs, looking at the effectiveness of our current practices and parent participation
and engagement in events. The school team made sure that they provided a voice to the parents to determine their needs.

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Pampa ISD-Back to School Bash

The goal of the practice is to provide access to needed supplies and resources for students and families to begin the school year with success.  Additionally, another goal was to build healthy relationships with families from the very beginning of their student’s educational journey.

Following the Covid 19 pandemic, Pampa ISD families, just like many other families, suffered job loss and pay cuts.  There was a significant increase in the number of students needing services such as school supplies, immunizations, health screenings, and clothes. 
Connecting with families before the school year began was essential to build the foundation for building healthy school-home relationships throughout the year.  Additionally, building partnerships with businesses, civic organizations and churches helps to build bridges and provide greater opportunities and resources for students and families.

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Waller ISD-Smart Money Program


The goal of this practice is to provide students and families with experiential learning experiences that teach students how to develop a business and market a product, while gaining the knowledge required through the process of buying, selling, spending and

Student Improvement in mathematics has been an ongoing growth goal as evidenced in the Local District Plan.  Connecting Math concepts learned in the classroom to real life situations by providing students with practical experiences is a strategy the LEA utilizes to focus on district needs, specifically as it relates to financial literacy.