Welcome to the Dual Capacity-Building Framework

Based on existing research and best practices, the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 2) is designed to support the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs. It is not a blueprint for engagement initiatives, which must be designed to fit the particular contexts in which they are carried out. Instead, the Framework should be seen as a compass, laying out the goals and conditions necessary to chart a path toward effective family engagement efforts that are linked to student achievement and school improvement.

Suggested citation:

Mapp, K. L. & Bergman, E. (2019). Dual capacity-building framework for family-school partnerships (Version 2). Retrieved from: www.dualcapacity.org


This Is a Community Website

The goal of this website is to bring the Framework to life and help put it into practice across the United States. We hope that practitioners will use this website to learn and share about best practices in family and community engagement.

The Framework in Depth tab links each section of the Framework to supporting resources and research.

What’s New in Version 2 describes the substantive changes in this new iteration of the Framework.

The District Leaders Network highlights school districts around the country that have joined a peer learning and action network on family and community engagement.

We are seeking submissions for content. Please share what you are doing to build the capacity of families and educators to work in trusting partnership.

Copyright © 2019 by Karen L. Mapp & Eyal Bergman

Version 2 has been adapted from the first version of the framework. Suggested citation for the first version:

Mapp, K. L., & Kuttner, P. J. (2013). Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships. SEDL.