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Vow To Commit


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Janice Brody, Pasadena ISD
Ace Conference 2013
Austin, Texas

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Vow To Commit

  1. 1. Janice Brody Sycreeda Bryant Texas ACE/21st CCLC Pasadena I.S.D.
  2. 2. What is Commitment?  The act of committing, pledging or engaging oneself  A pledge or promise; obligation  Engagement, involvement
  3. 3. Family Community School
  4. 4.  Increase communication between school staff and families  Greater job satisfaction for school staff because of the team effort  Increase family support  Develop a family friendly environment
  5. 5.  Achieve higher test scores and grades  Increase attendance  Improve behavior and student motivation  Increase school bonding Families develop increased awareness of school support offered to students
  6. 6.  Provide families with community resources that support their needs  Help match community resources to school goals and needs assessments  Community organizations can promote and provide trainings for parents and school staff  Provide facilities and opportunities for additional learning
  7. 7. These are the pieces needed to create better educational programs and opportunities for our students Family Community School FFF565B963
  8. 8.  Epstein (1995) notes that the school, the family, and the community are "three major contexts in which students live and grow"; these "overlapping spheres of influence" are extremely important because they "directly affect children's learning and development"
  9. 9. What do schools, families and communities pledge to provide in order to build comprehensive and effective programs?
  10. 10.  Develop a commitment plan with your adult family members so that they feel validated  Develop vows for your afterschool program orientation/registration  Afterschool program staff and adult family members should recite vows of commitment that provide all parties with clear program expectations
  11. 11.  Hold mandatory orientations to set the stage (Do not have registration forms readily available before orientation)  Ask current and former participants to help with recruitment (Positive word of mouth brings results)  Extend invitation to other family members that live with students
  12. 12.  Hold meetings for families at various times (Ask parents what time and day of week works best – majority rules!)  Provide child care, food and possibly offer transportation to programs  Offer a variety of family engagement programs (utilize needs assessments and surveys – continually reassess.)
  13. 13.  Encourage parents/guardians to become leaders (Parent Ambassadors)  Families participate in implementation and planning of family engagement activities and school-wide celebrations  Helps schools develop a family friendly atmosphere  Work with school staff and organizations (Counselors, Parent Liaisons, PTA, Nurses, etc.)
  14. 14.  Provide periodic orientations to ensure that at least one adult family member per student can attend before student participates in program (at least 2 per semester and 1 for summer)  Educate family on program expectations  Survey parents to see what programs they desire and their time preferences (1 survey per semester) Have a commitment service where parents vow to commit!
  15. 15. “To parents, we can't tell our kids to do well in school and then fail to support them when they get home. For our kids to excel, we must accept our responsibility to help them learn. That means putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour. It means attending those parent-teacher conferences and reading to our children, and helping them with their homework.”” -President Barack Obama, July 17, 2009
  16. 16.  Janice Brody Family Engagement Specialist Pasadena ISD 713-740-5318 (ofc) 713-898-9624 (cell)  Sycreeda Bryant Site Coordinator Matthys Elementary / Pasadena ISD 713-740-0632 Copyright (c) 2013 by Janice Brody and Sycreeda Bryant. This work is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license,