Youth & Parents as Partners
Family Engagement Advisory and Family Engagement Collaborative
- This year we have welcomed community partners to join in the design of a program and structure for engaging parents who are not typically involved in school leadership and programs.
- The Advisory serves as the steering committee for the larger Collaborative, comprised of site-based parent liaisons, parent leaders from community organizations, and site-based SSC/ELAC leaders, community partners, as well as District staff.
- The major outcomes of this process are the development of Family Engagement Standards, a Family Engagement Rubric that measures those standards, and a Family Engagement Board Policy that is currently being draft in collaboration with the Board of Education.
- The Family Engagement Advisory has also provided District leadership with recommendations on the engagement process for Quality Community School Development Department’s School Quality Review process and School Transformation efforts, the engagement process for the Community School Site Strategic Plan (CSSSP) mini-retreat, and developed content for CSSSP family engagement page. In the new CSSSP, Family Engagement has its own page. All schools are currently being supported to engage in collaborative leadership to complete their site plan pages, including a vision and plan for family engagement.
OUSD Parent Conferences
- The series of parent conferences held during the spring of 2012 model partnerships necessary for reaching our strategic goals on a District-wide level. The Family, Schools and Community Partnerships Department led collaboration across departments and including external partners to organize three District-wide parent conferences focused on promoting awareness of new graduation requirements, supporting learning at home, pre-kindergarten transition programs, English language and dual immersion programs, parent rights and responsibilities, as well as parent-to-parent support and involvement.
- Each conference includes a Family Resource Fair at lunchtime, providing parents with on-site access to health, social, academic, and financial literacy resources.
- Over 300 attendees participated in the first conference, held on February 25, targeting on Latino families. Subsequent conferences target African-American families, and a diverse group of Asian/Pacific Islander families.
Regional Family Engagement Liaisons
Building the capacity and structure for family engagement called for in our Strategic Plan, includes hiring of three Regional Family Engagement Liaisons, who will support individual school sites’ family engagement plans, outlined in their developing CSSSPs. The site plans for family engagement include implementation of family engagement standards, developing a family engagement program calendar, and professional learning opportunities on family engagement for site staff. The hiring process for these Liaisons is currently underway.
VISTA Volunteer Coordinators
Successfully leveraged an Americorps/VISTA grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to build an OUSD volunteer system in alignment with our strategic initiatives, focusing on building Parent Volunteer opportunities and training. Specific secured outside resources include $8,000 for administrative costs, and four full-time, volunteers with federally-funded stipends (and in-kind donation of $60,000) to serve as VISTA Volunteer Coordinators—one for each K-8 region, and one for our high school networks.
Peer-led Education on New Graduation Requirements
We are currently working in partnership with youth leadership organizations to train 150 current students and 30 recent alumni as peer educators and mentors, and provide A-G workshops for approximately 2,173 freshmen at thirteen high schools in OUSD. As of December 31, 888 freshmen have already been served.
Additional Student Engagement Programs
- Trained team of eight Student Action Researchers to scan Quality Standards for Full-Service Community Schools to identify specific standards where youth voice is most informative, relevant, needed and appropriate, to help inform the School Quality Review Process.
- Led youth-to-youth inquiry process at School Quality Review (SQR) sites to co-create, implement, and analyze an SQR tool and strategy.
- Integrated youth findings (from above) into SQR Reports.
- Piloted student feedback-evaluation surveys on teaching at five high schools.
- In partnership with youth leadership organizations we recruited and trained 30 students from the Castlemont Campus to become violence prevention peer educators. Peer educators will reach out to 200 middle school students at feeder middle schools, and 1200 high school students through 10 campus-wide events and workshops on gun, gang, family, and dating violence.
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