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Madison Metropolitan School District

Family, Youth & Community Engagement

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Equity & Engagement

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The Department of Family, Youth & Community Engagement Equity, Family & Community Engagement promotes strong youth-family-school-community partnerships and advocacy that lend to student success. This focus is rooted in MMSD’s commitment to equity and anti-racism, and is reflected in our use of a targeted universalism framework that centers the needs of our historically marginalized and underserved family and student groups.

We also lead from the dual capacity-building framework and the continuum of involvement, engagement and collaboration strategies to strategically develop approaches to support family needs, engage them in culturally responsive ways, and develop collaborations to disrupt the systems and structures that have historically excluded our marginalized families and students.

We work to serve students, families/care-givers and community groups, as well as school and district staff. Our key bodies of work include creating, supporting and leading the following:

  • Innovative events for MMSD’s historically marginalized families and students, including Family Leadership Academies, Read Your Heart Out, and the Latino Youth Summit;

  • Culturally responsive spaces for relationship building with MMSD families to uplift and advocate for family voice;

  • Support for community-based organizations funded to advance the work of Black Excellence

  • Design, alignment, and strengthening of systems and practices to promote youth voice and leadership

  • Fostering the conditions essential to authentic partnership and shared decision-making with our most marginalized students and families

  • Collaboration with MMSD cultural brokers to amplify their expertise in working with underserved families and students and provide support;

  • Professional development, tools and resources to help schools build the capacity to engage in partnership with their historically marginalized families and students; and

  • Cross departmental collaboration with central office staff to promote anti-racist family engagement practices within the district.

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“When families are respected and valued as full partners in the learning and healthy development of students, our schools will impact student achievement by building relationships anchored in trust and respect.”