PLANNING & IMPLEMENTING
SYSTEMIC ENGAGEMENT PRACTICE
FACE Symposium- 2013
Michele P Brooks M.Ed
Assistant Superintendent , Office of Family & Student Engagement
Boston Public Schools
SYSTEMIC ENGAGEMENT
From program to practice
 Linked to core enterprise – student
achievement
 Shared Responsibility and Accountability
 climate and culture alignment
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CONDITIONS FOR ENGAGEMENT
Core beliefs and clearly articulated goals
 Rituals and norms embedded in school culture
 Expectations and accountability
 Time and resource allocation
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PREPARING TO BUILD CAPACITY
Inventory – what is already in place?
 Capacity
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 who
or what resources currently are in place?
 What do we do well?
 What are the challenges?
 Where are the gaps?
DEFINE THE WORK
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Shared Vision aligned to district/school goals
 Grounded
in a set of core beliefs
Clearly defined Mission supported by a
framework or standards with measurable
outcomes
 Identify key stakeholders
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 Define
roles, responsibilities and outcomes
BPS VISION FOR FAMILY & STUDENT
ENGAGEMENT
“Every school will welcome every
family and every student,
actively engaging them as
partners in student learning and
school improvement”
DEFINE THE WORK
Capacity Building
of Schools
of Families
of Students
of the District
ORGANIZE THE WORK
Theory of Action - Strategic Planning
 Alignment with Policies, Requirements and
Protocols
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 Federal,
state and local mandates
 District Policies/Priorities
Organizational structures
 Stakeholder engagement
 Resource allocation
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BUILDING CAPACITY FOR ENGAGEMENT
ORGANIZE THE WORK
BPS Standards for Family & Student
Engagement
 5-Core Elements for Family & Student
Engagement
 Policy Alignment
 Engagement Needs Assessment
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FACILITATE THE WORK
Capacity Building Model - Implementation
 Tools for Engagement:
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 Strategies,
Supports, Resources and Tools
designed to align and build on current practice
Identify exemplars of effective practice
 Review practice and promote continuous
improvement through evaluation
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FACILITATE THE WORK
High Impact Strategies that link Engagement
to Student Learning
High Impact Strategies
for linking
Family Engagement
to Learning
1.
The strategy focuses on a specific group of students
(such as all 1st grade students or students
struggling with a specific math concept)
2.
It is organized around a specific learning task
(such as learning 100 high frequency words)
3.
It has a home learning activity that engages parents to help
students with the learning task (such as flash cards or a game)
4.
There is two-way communication between parent and teacher
regarding student progress with the learning task and
celebrating success
FACILITATE THE WORK:
THE TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT
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Family Learning Guides
Teachers Guide to Engaging Families
in the Classroom Grades K-5
Family Friendly Toolkit
School Climate Surveys
Student’s Rights & Responsibilities
Teacher/Principal Professional
Development aligned to Evaluation
PARENT UNIVERSITY
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Parents Are Teachers
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Child Development
Parenting Strategies
Supporting Learning
from Birth to Five
Parents Are Advocates
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Navigating the BPS
Learning Standards
Advocating for Children
with Disabilities and
English Language
Learners
Parents Are Leaders
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Leadership Skills
School Parent Council/
School Site Council
Organizing Skills
Parents Are Learners
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Areas requested by
parents
Nutrition
Money Management
Parents Are Powerful!
Preparing Parents to
become Powerful Partners
for Student Learning and
School Improvement
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