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1 Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success Building a system of great schools The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS

2 Timeline Framework Implementation The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

3 What is A School Advisory Council? School Advisory Council (or SAC) is an advisory body responsible for reviewing and approving school budget and school action plan and providing input into school- based policies and decisions. Providing a forum for open discussion and problem- solving, SACs give all stakeholder groups (administrators, parents, students, staff, and the larger community) a real voice in school-based decision-making and the power to influence all aspects of the work of the school. The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

4 Why Should We Want to Have School Advisory Councils (SACs)? The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

5 Why School Advisory Councils (SACs)? Extensive research on Chicago Local School Councils (LSCs) has shown that they play an important role in school improvement, including adoption of responsive pedagogy and creation of a positive climate. LSCs increase accountability and encourage low-income minority parents to become more involved. Principals view LSC selection of principals positively, and the majority of teachers see LSCs as helping to make schools better. Sources: Empowered Participation by Archon Fung, 2004; Charting the Course and other studies by the Consortium on Chicago School Research; The Big Picture by Design for Change, 2005.) The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

6 Why School Advisory Councils (SACs)? There are several fundamental beliefs that underline any successful parent involvement program: 1. Parents/caregivers want what is best for their children. 2. Parents/caregivers, regardless of their background, income or circumstances, can be key resources in their children's education. 3. All children can learn, and the focus of the school faculty and administration’s efforts needs to be on children’s success. 4. Research has shown when families are engaged the child does better, stays in school, graduates and is more likely to go to college. 5. Together, teachers and principals, families, and communities can succeed in educating children and preparing them to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

7 Framework: Composition of SACs Such as: Teacher, Counselor, and paraprofessional Such as: Teacher, Counselor, and paraprofessional Such as: Community Activist, Faith Leader, Business partners The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

8 Responsibilities of School Advisory Councils Review and approve school Budget and school Action Plan Provide input on discretionary spending Review and approve school-based policies, including policies governing school safety and discipline, truancy, extracurricular activities, ESL supports, and other Review and inform hiring/creation of new positions Act as a catalyst to develop a culture of community support and involvement in decision-making for school-based policy Play an active role in supporting and promoting the programs and initiatives they approved Examine data on the effectiveness of school-based programs and services and periodically review and revise Action Plan strategies and recommendations to ensure continued progress towards reaching school goals. The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

9 Responsibilities of School Advisory Councils Holding regular meetings Creating a schedule of meetings for the year and making it available to all stakeholders Making sure an agenda for the following meeting is approved at the end of each meeting and shared with designated school staff and the principal the following day Maintaining active, two-way communication with stakeholders Holding at least 2 community meetings each year to get information out to parents, students, and community members about what is going on at the school, and to getting their feedback Work with community partners, parents, and school staff to disseminate information on the work of the SAC and solicit input from stakeholders The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

10 SAC and Principal’s Joint Responsibilities: Creating a collaborative, inclusive, and transparent process to inform school-level decisions, including the adoption of the school Action Plan and Budget, and collaborating to address urgent school issues (e.g., truancy, bullying, improving student achievement) Fostering a cooperative and collaborative environment at the school Rallying parent, staff, student, and community support around school priorities Organizing and conducting SAC elections The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

11 Responsibility to Support the Work of the SAC Assistance with parent and student recruitment Assistance with disseminating information about the meetings as well as the decisions and initiatives of the SAC Providing space where SAC members can meet and work as needed Providing access to equipment (computer, copier, etc.) Informing SAC about funding, mandates, current metrics, problems, and conditions at the school Providing regular updates on the performance of current programs and initiatives Providing ongoing support and technical assistance Supporting community meetings (opening the building after hours if needed, providing space and personnel as needed) The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

12 Difference Between SAC and Home and School The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS School Advisory CouncilHome and School Association SAC is part of the school leadership structure. HSA an independent organization affiliated with the school. SAC represents all stakeholder groups at the school: principal, staff, students, parents and community partners. Voting members include principal, staff, students and parents. Home and School Association represents parents of children attending the school. Voting members can only be parents. The purpose of the SAC is input into school-based decision making. The purpose of Home and School is fostering and strengthening parent engagement. Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

13 Timeline: The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Task/ProjectSuggested Timeline RecruitmentSeptember - December 2012 SAC SummitSaturday, November 3 Team building and trainingNovember March 2013 First SAC ReportJanuary 2013 Functioning SAC at each schoolby March 22, 2013 Close-Out / Second ReportJune 2013 Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

14 Recruitment for the SAC Use multiple ways to disseminate information to parents and families (see next slide) Set up a nominating committee to help with elections. Set up a meeting with parents to explain to them how SAC will help your school become better. Connect with your building committee to secure staff participation Don’t forget about the students? Decide whether you will have school-wide election or allow elected student groups to appoint student members. The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

15 Communicating the Creation of the SAC Send home a letter or flyer inviting parents to participate on a SAC together with a nomination form Follow up with automated phone messages Make flyers available around the school and at community locations Make sure support personnel understands the process and is willing to assist parents with questions and application process Take time to talk to parents personally Give students incentives for sharing information with parents The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

16 Resource Mapping The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

17 Resource Mapping Example (Ben. Franklin H.S.) The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success Communities of Faith Rodeph Shalom Congregation Enon Baptist Church Calvary Baptist Church After School Programs Nu Sigma (Ben. Franklin) Cozen PAL Center … Police District FOP – Federal Order of Police Administration Building Educ. Institutions Community College of Philadelphia Masterman School Waring School Parkway Center City H.S. Franklin Learning Center Spring Garden Elementary Parks and Recreation Facilities Fairmount Park Central Library Philadelphia Art Museum Franklin Institute Khmer Art Gallery Health-Care Institutions Hahnemann Hospital Supermarkets, Pharmacies, Mom and Pop Stores, Businesses SDP Administration Building SUBWAY, Brains Deli, City View, Mike’s, Pizzeria, Multi Food Trucks, Our Place Boutique, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Channel CBS 3 Community-Based Organizations Cadenza House Family Shelter – 13th & Spring Garden        

18 Support from the District: Ongoing professional development Technical support and other support and assistance as requested. The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS for additional information and to request assistance visit or call Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success

19 Questions? The School District of Philadelphia OFFICE OF PARENT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS Parents and Schools Working Together for Student Success


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