Presentation on theme: "Action Teams for School-Family-Community Partnerships"— Presentation transcript:
1 Action Teams for School-Family-Community Partnerships presented by Michele Anciaux Aoki,Parent Involvement Consultant
2 What the (International) Research Says Families vary in their involvementParents care about success for their kidsStudents need multiple sources of support to succeedTeachers and administrators are initially resistant to partnerships (but become supportive when they see results)Schools must reach out to involve families (most families won’t do it on their own)
3 From Ordinary to Excellent Programs Have you ever heard people say: “If we just had parent involvement here, we’d have greater achievement”What kind of achievement are you looking for?Which kind of parent involvement is needed?Where’s the link?Different types of involvement yield different resultsIdentify the Hurdles - Face the ChallengesWant to select activities that produce results
4 Think: “Like Reading”That’s what you’d like School-Family-Community Partnerships to becomePartnerships should be a normal, expected part of school life - no matter who is thereWe need to move from luck to REGULAR PRACTICEThe National Network can help speed up this process by connecting states, schools, and districts to each other and to best practices.
5 What does a Partnership School Commit to? Use the framework of six types of involvementCreate an Action Team for PartnershipsAllocate an annual budget for the work of the Action TeamAllocate time for a 1-day team training workshop, and 1 hour/month meeting
6 Keys to Successful School-Family-Community Partnerships Joyce Epstein Framework: Six Types of InvolvementParentingCommunicatingVolunteeringLearning at HomeDecision MakingCollaborating with Community
7 The Action Team makes it happen! What is an Action Team?The group of people responsible for developing and implementing a program of school-family-community partnerships tailored to the needs of their particular constituencyLinks its efforts to goals of the School Improvement Team (District or State Strategic Planning Team, etc.)The Action Team makes it happen!
8 The ABCs of Action Team Leadership Account for team membersBe ready to share leadershipCommunicate with all partnersDevelop good plansEnsure progress on six types of involvementFoster team spirit
9 Action Team Structures School Improvement Team (Site Council, etc.)Action Team for S-F-C PartnershipsCommittees for Types: (1) Parenting, (2) Communicating, (3) Volunteering, (4) Learning at Home, (5) Decision Making, (6) Collaborating with CommunityAction Team Structure #3Academic Goal 1, Academic Goal 2, Non-Academic Goal 3, Partnership Goal 4 (etc.)
10 Checklist: Are We Ready? Decisions for the Action Team to makeDeliverables:Starting Points (inventory of current practices)Three-Year-Outline (broad goals)Jumping Hurdles & Hard-to-Reach FamiliesSchool Goals and Results of PartnershipsOne-Year Action Plan (specific goals)Accountability:Annual UPDATE report to the Center for School-Family-Community Partnerships