BOE Policy 101-14: Family and Community Engagement/Partnership
In setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to effective engagement/partnership implementation, the Board acknowledges the importance of administrative leadership at all levels, including its own. Therefore, the Board directs the Department to establish an organizational culture characterized by practices and programs that build and sustain positive and engaged relationships with families and communities by:
Families are active participants in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.
Families and school staff engage in regular two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
Families and school staff continuously partner to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.
Families and school staff engage/partner with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
Rationale: The Board of Education (“Board”) recognizes that a child’s growth and educational success are responsibilities and goals shared by the Department of Education (“Department”), communities, schools and families. It follows that achievement of these goals depends on the establishment of a broad array of informed partnerships among stakeholders that address the strengths and needs of all students.
Approved: 06/16/2015 (as Board Policy 101.14)
Amended: 06/21/2016 (renumbered as Board Policy 101-14)