Hampton City Schools
The grand opening of the Hampton City Schools ESL Welcome Center capped an 18-month process to establish a one-stop service center for the students and their families for whom English is not their first language. In addition to offering school services, such as enrolling and testing new students, the Center—36 Languages Under One Roof—provides a wealth of information on the schools and community in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. More...
Chanda Epps, Title I Coordinator of Parent Involvement
Bridgeport School District
Over 400 parents got engaged at Bridgeport School District’s 38th Annual Parent Convention, fittingly titled “Get Engaged!” This year’s convention, held at a Holiday Inn, included continental breakfast, a keynote address, breakout sessions, lunch, a student presentation, and awards for exceptional service. This also was a celebration recognizing the district’s and schools’ hard work in implementing and sustaining parent involvement. More...
Dolores M. Mason, NNPS District Facilitator
Kennewick School District
Kennewick School District knows that supporting schools and students means supporting parents. When Kennewick implemented a new computerized grading and attendance system for families to access students’ records, district facilitators knew that some parents might shy away from the technology. The district leaders initiated Adult Basic Computer Classes to help parents learn basic computer skills and navigate the system for their children’s academic information. More...
Sarah Del Toro & Mary Pruitt, Federal Program Director
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, VA
Generally, beach bags contain sunscreen, a pail and shovel, and a good summer read. For students in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), Beach Bags carry different valuable commodities—food for families in need. District leaders in Virginia Beach discovered that tough economic times had created situations where some families had to choose between keeping their home and buying food for their children. The district stepped in to assist parents who could not afford to put food on the table, especially on weekends and holidays when children cannot take advantage of nutritious school breakfasts and lunches. More...
Melissa T. McQuarrie, Director of Community Relations
North Penn School District
One of the most critical periods for establishing successful partnerships between families and the public school system occurs before children leave preschool. To build trust and encourage parental engagement as their children enter first grade, North Penn School District conducts a number of outreach activities to serve families and early childhood education centers. More...
Linda Abram, Family and Community Engagement Specialist
Pasco School District
On an Action Team for Partnerships (ATP), everyone needs to be on the same page. To support the chairpersons of their schools’ ATPs, Pasco School District’s parent involvement facilitators created a Chair Binder for Success (CBS). This resource contains everything that ATP chairs and co-chairs need, including forms and information from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), evaluations, recruitment flyers, and tools developed by Pasco’s leaders for partnerships. More...
Lorraine Landon & Jessica Wallace, Parent Education Center Coordinator & Parent Partnership/Pre-K Outreach Coordinator
Somerset County Public Schools
The superintendent of Somerset County Public Schools in Maryland wanted to give parents in her district opportunities to share information, ask questions, pay compliments, and raise concerns in a relaxed, informal setting. She also wanted to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more from the families of the students in the district. More...
Christy Schott, Coordinator of Family and Community Involvement
Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation
Fathers of children at two elementary schools in the Richland-Bean Blossom district should feel pretty special. The schools offered three events just for them this year: Donuts with Dads, Dads Reading at School at Edgewood Primary School, and Guys’ Night Out at Edgewood Intermediate School. The district leaders want to sponsor activities that welcomed fathers and other male family members to their children’s schools and show them that learning can be fun. More...
Annamaria Mecca, Family Involvement Coordinator
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Toronto District School Board
Model Schools for Inner Cities is a program that supports high-poverty communities within the Toronto District. Schools in these communities receive extra funds to support parental and community engagement to help increase student achievement. The initiative starts with an Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) in each of the 109 schools in the program. More...
Vicky Branco, Lead Principal Model Schools for Inner Cities Program
Francis Howell School District
St Charles, MO
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This maxim could be the guiding principle of the District Parent Involvement Advisory in the 17,500-student Francis Howell School District. The advisory brings together representatives of partnership programs from the district’s 23 schools to share best practices, hear from district leaders, and make joint plans. The advisory meets three times a year at a central location. More...
Mary Jo Griffin, Director
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools takes seriously its commitment to strengthen family and community engagement in all schools in the district. Administrators see this engagement as key to the attainment of another district goal—preparing all students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers. More...
Bernardo Ruiz, Family and Community Engagement, Manager
Naperville School District 203
Naperville School District 203, like many other districts across the country, has experienced an increase in the number of students who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program. The schools are serving more students from economically stressed and, even, homeless families. These students may have difficulty succeeding in the classroom due to the challenges they face outside of school. When a student has strong support at home and in the community, it is more likely that the student will succeed in school. More...
Nina M. Menis, Director of Community Relations
Florence County School District Three
Lake City, SC
The students entering the media centers at Olanta Elementary and J. Paul Truluck Middle School on Thursday evenings this year weren’t your typical elementary or middle school students. In fact, they weren’t students at all, but parents participating in Florence County School District Three’s new Parent Academy. More...
Laura Hickson, Sr. Director of Academic Improvement
Francis Howell Early Childhood Family Education Centers
St Charles, MO
Most schools consider parents their partners. In the Francis Howell Early Childhood Family Education Centers, the parents are PALS in capital letters—Parents Actively Lending Support. The parents support the three Early Childhood Centers that serve the district. More...