Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/8/2019 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on Family and Community Engagement Activities
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 9.02 - Public's Right to Know
Attachments: Family and Community Engagement Framework
File Attachment:
PACE 2019 January Meeting - Family Engagement Report_x.pdf
Background: MPS operates within a family and community engagement framework which includes six standards that provide districtwide support to schools for partnering with families to increase student outcomes. All schools must strive to meet these standards in order to provide an equitable standard of care across the district. The framework was developed from a strengths-based approach to build trusting relationships between schools and families.

The six standards are:
Schools are welcoming and culturally relevant environments
Schools are connected to the community
Schools have tools and knowledge needed to build relationships with families and the community
Families have avenues to serve as leaders
Families have opportunities to build peer networks
Families have tools and knowledge needed to be active in their child’s education

This report provides an update on the current work being done in the Family & Community Engagement standards one and two.

Standard #1: Schools have tools and knowledge needed to build relationships with families and the community
-Preliminary data from the 2018-2019 Family Interest Survey was shared during the October PACE meeting. Final data is now available highlighting responses from 11,126 families. Each school’s data results have been shared with the parent coordinator and school leader, and, parent coordinators have received professional development on how to analyze and disaggregate the data to inform upcoming activities for families at their school.
-Now every school improvement plan (SIP) has an empowered-families section which serves as the school's parent compact. This section includes information on building the capacity of school-based staff around family engagement.
-Parent coordinators are a valued resource, and building their capacity is essential. Since August, parent coordinators have received monthly professional development at the Parent Coordinator Institute on the following topics:
o MPS Resolution Agreement
o Family literacy at home
o Planning attendance activities for families
o Establishing family leadership organizations
o Using the family interest survey's data to plan parent trainings
o Mental health (Project Aware)
o Parent portal & new parent campus app
o Coordinating school volunteers (Vicnet)
o Social-emotional toolkit for families
Standard #2: Families have avenues to serve as leaders
-The District Advisory Council (DAC) has averaged 100 participants over the first four monthly meetings of the 2018-19 school year. We have continued to gather valuable family input on important district priorities:
o School discipline and the MPS Resolution Agreement
o Ambitious Instruction Plan
o Mental health supports
o School Nutrition program (February)
-The Families and Schools Together (FAST) program is a nationally recognized parent engagement program that helps MPS children thrive by building stronger relationships at home. Families in the FAST program participate in eight sessions of guided activities with trained facilitators created to strengthen parents' relationships with their children.
o The FAST program successfully operates at five MPS schools: Auer Ave, Brown Street, Engleburg, Hopkins-Lloyd Community School, and Keefe Ave.
o Funding for the program is provided through a partnership with FAST and the Wisconsin Department of Child and Families. The grant is managed through the Department of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
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