Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/10/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on Family & Community Engagement Activities
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.03 - Parent Empowerment
Attachments: Family & Community Engagement Report-September 10, 2019
File Attachment:
September Family Engagement Report.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:

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 child’s educations

All schools strive to meet these standards to provide an equitable standard of care across the district. The framework was developed from a strength-based approach to build trusting relationships between schools and families. This report provides an update on the work currently being done relative to standards 4, 5, and 6.

The District Advisory Council (DAC) is an example of ongoing efforts aligned to all three standards. Milwaukee Public Schools established the DAC to ensure that parents of all students have an opportunity to share their ideas about the needs of children, to assist in the planning and operation of Title I programs for children, and to participate in evaluating the success of Title I efforts. Today, the DAC is a diverse group of families committed to lending their voice on current issues faced by Milwaukee Public Schools.

The School Engagement Council (SEC) is an example of ongoing efforts aligned to all three standards. All schools are required to have SECs to enable parents, staff, students, and the community to work together in facilitating quality educational plans that engender continuous improvement of student achievement. The purpose of an SEC is to provide a forum for parents, teachers, community members, students and principals to work together in providing continued analysis and improvement of public school policies, curriculum, school-improvement plan goals, and general student well-being.

Parent Coordinators add capacity to a school's ability to meet each standard of the Family & Community Engagement Framework. Parent coordinators are provided with the basic knowledge they need to best support their schools’ family-and-community-engagement strategies. A monthly professional development institute is provided to all parent coordinators, as are other supports necessary to assist them in planning and implementing effective parent-involvement activities in order to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
Fiscal Impact Statement: NA
Implementation and Assessment Plan
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