Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/16/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on Family and Community Engagement
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.03 - Parent Empowerment
Attachments: Family and Community Engagement Report August 2018
File Attachment:
August 2018 PACE Report.pdf
Background: In March 2018, Milwaukee Public Schools was one of five city-wide teams selected to be a part of the Flamboyan Foundation’s second National Family Engagement Fellowship cohort. Selection in this fellowship provides intensive training, facilitation and coaching support to guide the MPS team in creating a 1-3 year strategic plan around family engagement.

Team members representing district staff, school leaders, teachers and community partners have started on the 20-month process of learning and working together through this opportunity. Key learning content areas include:

• Effective family engagement practices;
• Strategic planning;
• Race and equity; and
• Building effective teams.

The Milwaukee team receives training and coaching around each of the above content areas. Through this learning, the team has started a design thinking strategic planning process to learn more about family engagement in Milwaukee and ultimately work toward developing a pilot to improve the effectiveness of family engagement efforts. The process comprises five stages:

• Empathize: Developing a deep understanding of the challenge.
• Define: Clearly articulating the program to solve.
• Ideate: Brainstorming potential solutions, selecting and developing what fits best.
• Prototype: Designing a prototype (or series of prototypes) to test all or part of the solution.
• Test: Engaging in a continuous short-cycle innovation process to continually improve the design.

At this stage in the fellowship, Milwaukee’s team has completed the empathize and define stages of the process and are starting to move into ideate and prototype.
Fiscal Impact Statement: n/a
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Danielle J. Costello - Family and Community Engagement Specialist
Signed By:
Kellie J Sigh - Director
Signed By:
Marla Bronaugh - Chief Communications and School Performance Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent