Family engagement is recognized during the month of November
The HCS Title I family engagement program focuses on providing direct and intentional outreach to families, specifically families of our low-performing students, students with special needs, and those who encounter emergencies. Their goal is to work collaboratively with Title I administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, and community partners to increase student achievement and enhance the overall school experiences of our students.
Last school year, each Title I family engagement specialist (FES) successfully created and launched new virtual Family Engagement Resource Centers to provide consistency with support and to increase their intentional outreach efforts to families while providing a framework to utilize both virtually and in-person. As a result, they saw a significant increase in parent/guardian engagement and participation in virtual events and parent meetings.
Additionally, the FES team increased their intentional outreach efforts by 56% using their G.R.O.W. visits and meetings model. The purpose of G.R.O.W. (Getting Resources and Opportunities for the Whole Family) visits (or home visits) and meetings are to use research-based strategies to facilitate successful home visits and home and school partnerships.
During the 2021-2022 school year, FES is contiuing to build their hybrid model of family engagement in order to support families both in-person and virtually. In addition, they are also:
To show her appreciation to the family engagement specialists in the schools, family engagement coordinator Chanda Epps treated the FES from each school to a special to-go lunch following a meeting.