Event Name: www.rcsdk12.org
FACE Committee membership includes
East administration, UR
faculty, RTA representatives, parents, community agency leaders, City of
Rochester staff, volunteers, and East scholars. If you are interested in
becoming a member of the committee, please contact Lorna Washington at
(585) 324-3652 or at Lorna.Washington@rcsdk12.org.
Tenet 6: The school creates a culture of partnership where families, community members, and school staff work together to share in the responsibility for student academic progress and social-emotional growth and well-being.
Statement of Practice 6.2: The school leader ensures that regular communication with students and families fosters their high expectations for student academic achievement.
We believe that families are equal partners in a child’s education (note that our definition of “family” includes anyone the child identifies as part of their support network). Through our work with families, communities, and schools, we will re-conceptualize our understanding of family engagement by creating meaningful opportunities for shared decision making along with the youth and adults in our community. Our goal is to build collaborations among stakeholders that re-center community and families and build capacity for families and youth to transform themselves, their schools, and their communities. We believe that when families are strengthened and connected to their communities, they take the lead in improving the quality of their lives.
We will use an interdependent model of developmental processes and transformational pathways to frame and re-conceptualize family engagement.
As we build collaborations, we must ensure time to build relationships and trust, to create models that center community knowledge and resources, and work toward co-constructing successful developmental pathways for families and youth.
Strategies to implement this philosophy:
• We seek to support this process through authentic family engagement practices. For example, we will redefine the “parent/teacher conference” to a student-led family conference at which all parties will share in the positive educational development of the child and in finding the right path for the individual child and her/his family.
• Together with families and community partners, we will use an asset-based perspective of students and families to develop a collaborative culture of celebration and high expectations in which all parties feel respected and valued.
• Governance Council will serve as the governance team for the school (e.g. Board of Directors). It will consist of teachers, administrators, family members, students, community partners, representations from each union, and EPO representatives. The School Based Planning Team will meet at least monthly and produce a monthly report, including meeting minutes, for the EPO superintendent and the larger school community.
• Social media will be leveraged to facilitate communication with families and community partners.