Family and Community Engagement
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The “Parent College” is an initiative led by the Partnership, which provides resources to create school-site based, academically focused activities and workshops that help parents and guardians understand how to support their child’s education. At Parent Colleges, parents learn about the “Three R’s” - Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities at schools to encourage parent participation. Themes range in topic from analyzing budget cuts to how to read student report cards. Now in its second year, the “Parent College” has nearly 1,000 members.
Partnership Family Engagement Grant Program
The Partnership believes that educating families, caretakers and communities in how to support student learning is an important strategy for increase student achievement. In order to achieve this, the Partnership has launched the Partnership Family and Community Engagement Grant Program for its schools, which provides resources to create school-site based, academically focused activities and workshops that will help parents and guardians understand how to support their child’s education.
Partnership Family University Days
To encourage all families to begin to explore college as an option for their children, the Partnership currently host Family University Days, a program that allows families get to spend a day at local colleges and universities where they are able to explore the campus, meet current students, attend informative workshops, and see firsthand what the college environment looks like.
Parent Center Renovation Program
Through a grant provided by the DIRECTV, all Partnership Schools have parent centers that have been newly refurbished and equipped with new furniture, televisions with free education programming, computers and libraries.
School Based Family Action Teams
Each Partnership schools has a family action team: a coordinating committee consisting of the principals, parents, local community members, teachers, and Partnership representatives who meet monthly in order to create comprehensive plans for family engagement and evaluate all school site-based family and community events. Each family action team has also been tasked with providing a number of academically focused activities for families and surveying parents regarding the quality of the programming offered.
Lundquist Fellows Program
The Richard and Melanie Lundquist Fellows Program, named after the Partnership's co-founders, was started in 2010 to identify young leaders in middle and high schools within the Partnership schools network. The program seeks to reward students for their commitment to their education and communities. Students selected are wonderful student leaders who have strong academic records, commitment, and are involved in their school and community. The program gives students the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, by participating in various school and Partnership events that includes job shadowing opportunities. At the end of the program, the Fellows are awarded an academic scholarship of $500 to help them pursue their educational goals.