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Priority Area III: Family Engagement and Community Partnerships

Engage families and community members as partners.

Families and community members are essential partners in our success. Currently, too many of our schools are working in isolation to figure out how to engage families and community members. As a district, we will provide guidance, tools and resources to schools to increase effective engagement. When schools engage with parents and communities in authentic and mutually-supportive ways, parents and communities will be equipped to ask questions, make decisions and expect the best from their schools for their children and all children. When we align our efforts and everyone has a charge - educators, parents and community members alike - children will benefit.

High-Leverage Actions:

  1. Adopt family and community engagement standards and a differentiated model for services to ensure two-way communication and authentic engagement with families and community partners.

  2. Create and implement professional development in family engagement for all employees that includes a focus on diversity, anti-bias and customer service training. that includes a focus on diversity, anti-bias and customer service training.

  3. Align community partners to district goals and priorities with a focus on our areas of highest need:after-school and summer learning opportunities, mental health and early childhood. Create a multi-tiered approach to providing services in these critical areas through the district’s new process for developing partnerships.

Launch steps:

  • Convene representative groups of parents, guardians and community members to: develop engagement standards across the district, identify culturally responsive strategies for communication, refine existing communication tools based on these standards and collaboratively develop a toolkit to help all families lead their child's education.

  • Begin the work of the new Family and Community Engagement Department with roles aligned with new engagement standards.

  • Develop family engagement strategies for each school’s SIP.

  • Launch a campaign to help families learn about the Common Core State Standards and how they can actively participate in implementation.

  • Examine and develop a new model for more effective parent conferences throughout the school year. 

  • Identify and analyze existing partnerships, mapping their alignment with district priorities using the new partnerships policy as a guide. 

 Metrics for Monitoring:

  • Percent of partnerships operating in alignment with the partnerships policy and district priorities
  • Parent customer service surveys administered multiple times through the school year