Skip to main content

Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Silhouettes of various people to indicate a community

Gurdon Public Schools recognizes that parents, families, and the community at large impact the success of students and the personnel working with those students.


Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) means the participation of parents and family members in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

  1. That parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning.
  2. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education.
  3. That parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
  4. The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA


Each of the following links may provide answers and insights to better communicate some related big ideas in education:

  • What is the difference in involvement versus engagement?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • Why do we talk about collaboration?
  • What is a professional learning community (PLC)?


We invite our various stakeholders to navigate this portion of our website, to access the resources, to suggest improvements, and to help us to meet the needs of all stakeholders for the benefit of our students.

  1. Resources from the Arkansas Department of Education: Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
    1. Parent and Family Engagement Page
    2. Family and Community Engagement Page
    3. Family and Community Engagement Framework and Toolkit
  2. Resources from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) for Parent and Family Engagement