Family and community engagement in education is critical to school success in providing academic excellence and preparation for college of all students. Traditional notions of parent volunteerism – as free resources for schools and fundraisers – while important, are not enough. An alternative is to engage families in the improvement of teaching, learning and the ability of schools to hold on to the children we entrust to them. This means some educators may need to take a look at how they engage families in the education of their children. IDRA’s model for family leadership involves building strong parent-educator partnerships to improve schools and raise students’ academic achievement.