Family engagement is a cornerstone to addressing pressing equity issues of our time, such as student success both inside and outside the classroom. Recent studies by the John W. Gardner Center show that students involved in extended learning activities and whose families consistently participated in family engagement opportunities experience positive gains in school attendance.1 Similarly, English Learner students whose families were regularly involved in family engagement activities demonstrated gains in their attendance and English language proficiency.1
Adult engagement in Redwood City is on the rise – 70% of students in the Redwood City School District have families who are actively engaged with school campuses through adult education, leadership opportunities, and school meetings, which is a 16% increase from the year before.2 We are looking to build on our successes and ensure that family engagement programs are systemic, integrated, and sustainable. Through strengths-based partnerships, we can truly move the needle on student achievement gaps, school environments, and much more.
- Partner with the Redwood City School District to support the implementation of the new Family Engagement Impact Project in local elementary and pre-schools. Working with caregivers and family, promote children’s school readiness and other avenues of family engagement in schools.
- Develop and implement Socios for Success: a year-long professional development series to build capacity for family members, educators, and other community members to create community mobilization teams. These teams enhance family-to-family education and outreach, build peer-to-peer community empowerment, and supply the community power to achieve more, together.
- Support the work of the North Fair Oaks Forward Community Engagement Team as committee members and thought partners.
1. Community Schools Report 2012-2013. John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.
2. 2013-2014 Redwood City Community Schools Research Report. John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.
- Total family engagement across the community schools in the Redwood City School District increased from 33% to 54% in the 2012-2013 school year.
- $400,000 grant from the Heising-Simons foundation was awarded to the Redwood City School district for the Family Engagement Impact Project. Implementation began in the fall of 2014.
- First professional development workshop of Socios for Success began in March 2015.