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Brooks PowerPoint Slides July 29, 2011


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Brooks PowerPoint Slides July 29, 2011

  1. 1. Michele P. Brooks <br />Assistant Superintendent<br />Office of Family & Student Engagement<br />Boston Public Schools<br />Building Systemic Engagement<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Reform or Transform?<br />Why Engage Families and Communities?<br />Transforming Engagement<br />Leadership Matters<br />
  3. 3. Introductions<br />Who is in the room?<br />
  4. 4. Reform or Transform<br />What is the difference?<br />Reform indicates a fix <br />Transform indicates a shift <br />
  5. 5. Why Engage Families?<br />What is the core enterprise of school districts and schools?<br />
  6. 6. Why Engage Families?<br />Instructional Core – Dr. Richard Elmore, HGSE<br />Student<br />Influencing Factors:<br />~Family/Home Culture<br />~Community Culture<br />~School Culture<br />Teacher<br />Content<br />
  7. 7. Why Engage Families & Communities?<br />5 Essential Supports<br />Leadership<br />Parent-Community Ties<br />Professional Capacity<br />Student-centered learning climate<br />Instructional Guidance<br />
  8. 8. Why Engage Families?<br />The impact of school, family and community connections on student achievement<br /><br />
  9. 9. Why Engage Families?<br />When parents and school staff work together to support learning, students:<br />Earn higher grades and test scores<br />Enroll in higher level programs<br />Are promoted more and earn more credits<br />
  10. 10. Why Engage Families?<br />When parents and school staff work together to support learning, students:<br />Adapt better to school and attend more regularly<br />Have better social skills and behavior<br />Graduate and go on to higher education<br />A New Wave of Evidence – Key Findings<br />
  11. 11. Why Engage Families & Communities?<br />What does effective engagement look like?<br />
  12. 12. Why Engage Families & Communities?<br />Family engagement in student learning…<br />Is a shared responsibility. <br />Is continuous across a child’s life.<br />Occurs in multiple settings in which children learn.<br />National Working Group for Family and Community Engagement<br />
  13. 13. Family Engagement: Reframing the Work<br />
  14. 14. Transforming Engagement<br />Requires a paradigm shift<br />From seeing families/communities as a part of the problem to seeing them as a part of the solution.<br />From seeing families/communities as by-standers to seeing them as c0-producers.<br />From seeing families/communities as passive participants or adversaries to seeing them as partners.<br />
  15. 15. Transforming Engagement<br />District-Level Context<br />Leadership Matters – A commitment to family/community engagement that is clearly articulated and supported at the highest levels<br />Shared Vision – A collective vision for what success looks like<br />Structures and Resources – Alignment of structures, staffing and resources to support the work <br />
  16. 16. Transforming Engagement<br />Defining the Work<br />Vision, Core Values/Beliefs & Goals<br />Organizing the Work<br />Standards, Expectations & Outcomes<br />Facilitating the Work<br />Tools, Strategies & Evaluating for Continuous Improvement<br />
  17. 17. BPS Context: Defining the Work<br />BPS Vision for Family & Student Engagement<br />“Every school will welcome every family and every student, actively engaging them as partners in student learning and school improvement”<br />
  18. 18. BPS Context: Defining the Work<br />CORE BELIEFS<br />The Boston Public Schools is committed to the authentic engagement of families/parents and students that reflects the following core values;<br /><ul><li>Every parent* has dreams for their children and want the best for them
  19. 19. Every parent* has the capacity to support their children’s learning
  20. 20. Parents and school staff should be equal partners in the education of children
  21. 21. The primary responsibility for building partnerships between home and school rests primarily with school leaders and staff </li></ul>*regardless to race, class, culture, socioeconomic status, language limitations, sexual orientation or disability Adapted from “Beyond the Bake Sale”, Henderson, Mapp, Johnson and Davies, 2006.<br />
  22. 22. BPS Context: Defining the Work<br />CORE BELIEFS<br /><ul><li>Every student* wants to excel and achieve – it is the role of the adults to listen, engage, support and encourage them in ways that impact their achievement
  23. 23. When students are at the center of the decision-making process they are more engaged and take “ownership” of their education; enhancing school climate, improving student/adult relationships and increasing overall student achievement </li></ul>*regardless to race, class, culture, socioeconomic status, language limitations, sexual orientation or disability<br />
  24. 24. BPS Context: Defining the Work<br />Defining the Work:<br />CAPACITY BUILDING<br />of Schools<br />of Families<br />of Students<br />of Communities<br />of The District<br />
  25. 25. Boston Context: Organizing the Work<br />Establishing Standards<br /><ul><li>Provide a guide for establishing authentic family and student engagement in schools
  26. 26. Provide a guide for the district for aligning professional development and support
  27. 27. Provide measures for accountability
  28. 28. Provides clear engagement opportunities for families, students and the community </li></li></ul><li>Boston Context: Organizing the Work<br />
  29. 29. Boston Context: Organizing the Work<br />Policy Implications<br />BPS Acceleration Agenda<br />Strategy #3 – Deepening partnerships with families, students and community.<br />Title 1: Section 118 Parental Involvement<br />Seven Essentials of Whole School Improvement<br />Essential 6: Partner with families and community to support student learning and engagement.<br />Dimensions of Effective Teaching and Principalship<br />Both include: Partnerships with Families and Community<br />BPS Achievement Gap Policy<br />Partnerships in Family and Community Engagement<br />
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  32. 32. Boston Context: Facilitating the Work<br />High Impact Strategies that link Engagement to Student Learning<br />The strategy focuses on a specific group of students (such as all 1stgrade students or students struggling with a specific math concept)<br />It is organized around a specific learning task (such as learning 100 high frequency words)<br />It has a home learning activity that engages parents to help students with the learning task (such as flash cards or a game)<br />There is two-way communication between parent and teacher regarding student progress with the learning task and celebrating success<br />
  33. 33. Facilitating the Work: Tools of Engagement<br /><ul><li>Tool kit includes:
  34. 34. Description of the strategy
  35. 35. Connection to the research
  36. 36. Alignment to Academic targets
  37. 37. Implementation plan (structured for WSIP)
  38. 38. Electronic copies of all materials needed
  39. 39. List of resources for implementation</li></ul>High Impact Strategies<br />for linking Family Engagement to Learning<br />
  40. 40. Facilitating the Work: Tools of Engagement<br />Family Learning Guides<br />Learning Goals for each grade based on the BPS standards; Math, ELA, Science & Social Studies<br />Tips for talking with your child<br />Tips about talking with teachers<br />
  41. 41. Facilitating the Work: Tools of Engagement<br />Multi-Tiered System of Supports<br />Focused differentiated instructional strategies and support<br />Based on BPS Academic Achievement Framework<br />OFSE adapted the model to create a framework for supporting the engagement work in schools <br />
  42. 42. Family Friendly Schools<br />Certification and Engagement Award<br />Schools with engagement practice that meets the designations of “progressing” or “excelling” based on the Standards Assessment Tool<br />Grounded in the BPS Family & Student Engagement Standards and existing BPS best practice<br />
  43. 43. Parents Are Powerful!<br />Preparing Parents to become Powerful Partners for Student Learning and School Improvement<br />
  44. 44. PARENT UNIVERSITY<br />Parents Are Teachers<br />Child Development<br />Parenting Strategies<br />Supporting Learning from Birth to Five<br />Parents Are Advocates<br />Navigating the BPS<br />Learning Standards<br />Advocating for Children with Disabilities and English Language Learners<br />Parents Are Leaders<br />Leadership Skills<br />School Parent Council/ School Site Council<br />Organizing Skills<br />Parents Are Learners<br />Areas requested by parents<br />Nutrition<br />Money Management<br />
  45. 45. PARENT UNIVERSITY<br />Format<br />3 full day Saturday Learning Sessions (October, January & May)<br />Intersession offerings at schools and community based organizations<br />Year-long ESL classes<br />Strand of classes in Spanish, Haitian Creole and Chinese<br />
  46. 46. PARENT UNIVERSITY<br />Indicators of Success<br />Qualitative<br />Parents report positive behavioral changes<br />Parents report increased engagement their child’s learning at home<br />Parents report increased engagement with school and teachers<br />Parents report more confidence in advocating for their child<br />Schools report increased engagement<br />Quantitative<br /># parents attending<br /># parents attending more than once<br /># parents completing 5+ PUPs<br /># parents completing 10 + PUPs<br /># non-English speaking parents<br /># schools represented<br />Indicators of Success<br />
  47. 47. PARENT UNIVERSITY<br />1500 Parent University Participants 2010-11<br />153 parents completing 10 + PUPs<br />60% non-English speaking parents<br />94 schools represented<br />
  48. 48. PARENT UNIVERSITY : THE DATA<br />95.6% of participants ranked their experience as Good or Excellent<br />89% say that they are better able to help their children with homework<br />94% say they have a better understanding of what their child should be learning<br />72% say they communicate more with their child’s school or teacher as a result of Parent University<br />98% say they have been able to use what they learned in Parent University<br />
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  50. 50. Conclusion<br />Student Achievement is the goal of any engagement effort and it must be a district wide endeavor<br />Structures must promote collaboration and connections in ways that impact the work from the executive level down into the classroom<br />There must be an awareness and an intentionality to reduce the impact the role that privilege, race and class have in the level of engagement of families and the practice of educators<br />Families and community must be viewed as an asset; respected and valued as partners in student success<br />
  51. 51. Conclusion<br />Our practice must reflect our beliefs and the leader is the role model.<br />Engagement of families must become more than what we do … It must be part of who we are<br />