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1 School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Educating the Children We Share 2013 Region One Education Service Center

2 Region One ESC GEAR UP Grants : Right Choices for Youth Partnership : Bridges to the Future Partnership : Ready, Set, College! Partnership 2011 Region One Education Service Center 2

3 Region One ESC GEAR UP Ready, Set, College! Partnership is a partnership between: Region One ESC 44 middle schools 29 high schools 27 school districts Local Business and Community Partners Local Institutions of Higher Education 2011 Region One Education Service Center 3

4 Region One ESC GEAR UP Graduation Rates Graduation Rates 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 66% 58% * * 2011 Region One Education Service Center 4

5 Demographics 6% Migrant 99% Hispanic 39% ELL 90% Economically Disadvantaged 2011 Region One Education Service Center 5

6 Goal The p primary yg goal of the GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! is to increase the number of students attending post secondary institutions Region One Education Service Center

7 Region One ESC works under the following assumptions All students can learn, and the school system controls the variables to impact that learning All students must have equitable access to a quality, college preparatory curriculum Students that falter need guidance, direction and support, and the school must meet these needs 2011 Region One Education Service Center 7

8 Region One ESC works under the following assumptions Parents and educators inherently want to help students succeed, and given proper access to appropriate information, will make good decisions regarding children s futures Implementation of new strategies requires time and support; and on-going development requires systemic approaches 2011 Region One Education Service Center 8

9 Region One ESC GEAR UP Family Empowerment Initiative Q&list=UUUZLTdOFg2VrxvNXJfMrtaA 2011 Region One Education Service Center 9

10 Region One ESC GEAR UP Family Engagement and Leadership Model for College and Career Readiness Focus: Empower campus teams to meaningfully engage with students and families through a structure which utilizes nationally recognized research by Johns Hopkins and Dr. Joyce Epstein. Utilize regional staff as trainers in comprehensive School, Family, and Community Partnerships Model for dissemination to district teams Focus: Empower parent leaders to impact peers and the system through a structured parent to parent training model. Utilize research and best practices to, with a district leader, provide parents with the resources, development, time and support to provide training to other parents, advocate for their own children, and provide support and input to the school system. Impact Policy, Practice, Procedures with Regard to family engagement at the campus/ district level. Audience: District Teams District/Campus Level lf Family Engagement Leadership Team Salient features include: Region One led Parent Regional TOT to Parent Training i Model Regional Meetings Team led by District/Campus representative Audience: District personnel, parent trainer teams Focus: Regionally developed and provided events focusing on areas of need for parents and families, Regional Family and including: Parent Financial Literacy Events/Conferences College and Career Pathways and Workshops Non traditional paths for gender roles (engineering for girls, nursing for boys, etc) STEM awareness Audience: District personnel, parents, students Provision of regionally developed college/career readiness resources to campuses and districts Focus: Provide campus teams with web based, and physical materials, and on site training necessary to implement effective, on going family engagement activities, including: Family collegiate and career presentations and activities, print materials, and online and web based materials Staff training Audience: District personnel, parents 2011 Region One Education Service Center 10

11 What s in a Word? School. Family. Community. Partnership Region One Education Service Center 11

12 Everyone wants EXCELLENT SCHOOLS and HEALTHY and SUCCESSFUL SS STUDENTSS Can educators do this work alone? Region One Education Service Center 12

13 Action Team Partnerships 2011 Region One Education Service Center 13

14 What is important to know about school, family, and community partnerships? Not only THAT partnerships contribute to good schools and successful students But also WHAT is needed in an excellent partnership program? and HOW to organize and sustain high-quality h and effective programs of family and community involvement Region One Education Service Center 14

15 Type 1 THE KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL-FAMILY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS EPSTEIN S SIX TYPES OF INVOLVEMENT Type 2 PARENTING: Assist families in understanding child and adolescent development, and in setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families. COMMUNICATING: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to-school communications. Type 3 Type 4 Type 5 VOLUNTEERING: Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at school or in other locations to support students and school programs. LEARNING AT HOME: Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework, other curriculumrelated activities, and individual course and program decisions. DECISION MAKING: Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school councils, committees, action teams, and other parent organizations. Type 6 COLLABORATING WITH COMMUNITY: Coordinate resources and services for students, families, and the school with businesses, agencies, and other groups, and provide services to the community Region One Education Service Center 15

16 Starting Points Activity 2011 Region One Education Service Center 16

17 How does the Action Team for Partnerships (ATP ) differ from the School Council or School Improvement Team? Council ATP School Council or School Improvement Team oversees the school s ENTIRE School Improvement Plan (SIP). School Council meets monthly to discuss all programs, assess progress, and plan next steps to attain goals in the SIP. Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) guides action to increase family and community involvement by writing an annual Action Plan for Partnerships linked to SIP goals. ATP meets monthly to discuss the schedule of family and community involvement activities, assess progress, and improve plans. School Council hears all committee reports and assists committees in helpful ways. ATP is one committee that reports plans and progress to the School Council for advice and support Region One Education Service Center 17

18 Benefits of Partnerships: Results of Research What Will Well-Designed and Well-Implemented Family and Community Involvement Activities DO? For STUDENTS Higher grades and test scores Better attendance Improved behavior at home and at school Better social skills and adjustment to school More classes passed and credits earned Increased enrollment in more challenging academic programs and graduation on time Region One Education Service Center 18

19 Benefits of Partnerships: Results of Research What Will Well-Designed and Well-Implemented Family and Community Involvement Activities DO? For PARENTS Stronger sense of support from school and other parents More awareness of student progress and effective responses to problems Increased self confidence about guiding student through school Appreciation of teachers work and skills Increased feeling of ownership of school Region One Education Service Center 19

20 Benefits of Partnerships: Results of Research What Will Well-Designed and Well-Implemented Family and Community Involvement Activities DO? For TEACHERS Increased respect for families strengths and efforts Increased understanding of families goals for their children Greater readiness to involve all families in new ways Use of community resources to enrich students experiences Increased satisfaction with teaching Region One Education Service Center 20

21 Members of the Action Team for Partnerships How Many? Who? 6-12 members Who? 2-3 teachers or more 2-3 parents/family members or more Terms? Leaders? Representatives may include parent liaison, families from various neighborhoods, PTA / PTO rep Principal 1-2 students (in high school) 1-2 or more others (nurse, counselor, community partners, special education teacher) 2-3 years (renewable) Replacements made as needed At least one linking member also serves on the School Improvement Team or School Council Chair or Co-Chairs Chairs communicate well with educators and families Other ATP members serve as Chairs or Co-Chairs of committees for specific school goals, for each type of involvement, or for planned activities iti All features are flexible to fit school conditions and needs Region One Education Service Center 21

22 One-Year Action Plan A good plan includes detailed d information on... Goals 2 academic goals, 1 college/career goal 1 goal for a welcoming partnership climate Desired results Assessments to measure results Partnership activities Types of involvement Dates of activities Grade level(s) l( What needs to be done and when Persons in charge and helping Region One Education Service Center 22

23 Region One ESC GEAR UP ATP Campus Spotlight Campus Spotlight Donna High School Donna, TX 2011 Region One Education Service Center 23

24 Donna High School ATP Action Plan Ambassador Program Parent Roundtable Fish Camp Beautify the High 2011 Region One Education Service Center 24

25 Beautify the High 2011 Region One Education Service Center 25

26 Donna High School ATP Ambassadors 2011 Region One Education Service Center 26

27 KRGV Channel 5 News Story Spotlight Region One Education Service Center 27

28 2011 Region One Education Service Center 28

29 Contact Information Ricardo L. Lopez, Jr. Education Specialist Region One ESC GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! (956) Region One ESC GEAR UP Christina Rodriguez Education Specialist Region One ESC GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! (956) Region One Education Service Center 29

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