Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
6/11/2019 - 6:30 PM  
Category:
ITEMS OF BUSINESS  
Type:
Info  
Subject:
2. Report with Possible Action on Family and Community Engagement Activities  
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
 
Policy:
Admin Policy 9.11 - School Engagement Councils  
Attachments:
Family & Community Engagement Report - June 11, 2019  
File Attachment:
PACE 2019 June Meeting - Family Engagement Report_Final.pdf
 
Background:
MPS operates within a family-and-community-engagement framework that includes the following six standards that provide districtwide support to schools for partnering with families to increase student outcomes:

1. Schools are welcoming and culturally-relevant environments
2. Schools are connected to the community
3. Schools have tools and knowledge needed to build relationships with families and the community
4. Families have avenues to serve as leaders
5. Families have opportunities to build peer networks
6. Families have tools and knowledge needed to be active in their children’s educations.

The framework was developed from a strengths-based approach to build trusting relationships between schools and families. All schools strive to meet these standards to provide an equitable system of care across the district.

This report provides an update on the work currently being done relative to standards 2, 4, and 6. My Very Own Library (MVOL) is an example of ongoing efforts aligned to standard 2. The Special Education Liaison for Families (SELF) and Special Education Leadership Institute for Families (SELIF) are both examples of efforts aligned with standards 4 and 6.

My Very Own Library is a school-wide program which partners with Scholastic and United Way, through which all students receive 10 free books of their choice per year to build their own home libraries. The school receives a visit from a Scholastic author, as well as extra funds and support to promote family literacy at home. Nearly 5,000 students and families have participated in this program at 14 different schools and have received 50,000 books.

The SELF and SELIF programs are a partnership between MPS and the Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) which helps MPS to recruit and to train families of children with disabilities to serve as peer support to other families with disabilities. SELF participants work specifically with schools to serve as a resource to families in the IEP process and in accessing resources for students with disabilities.

Milwaukee Public Schools provides tools for engagement among families to be equal partners in supporting student success. Parent coordinators help to ensure families are active in their children’s education and have the tools and knowledge needed to better engage with their children’s schools.
 
Fiscal Impact Statement:
NA  
Recommendation
 
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Kellie J Sigh - Director
Signed By:  
Marla Bronaugh - Chief Communications and School Performance Officer
Signed By:  
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent