Scholastic Family Engagement Pilot
Years of research has shown that family engagement and student academic achievement are inextricably linked. With that fact in mind, schools have begun to spend more time building the capacity of all the key stakeholders to work together in meaningful ways to improve student achievement.
Building the capacity of families and teachers to work together is the focus of a new pilot program currently being conducted in the SMA Elementary division. The pilot project called Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE), is rooted in the research and best practices of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships developed by the US Department of Education. Under the umbrella of Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Dr. Karen Mapp’s Family Engagement Workshop Series consists of three interactive, full-day workshops that equip district staff and school teams with the tools and strategies needed to enhance student performance and enable systemic school advancement through family partnerships.
- Workshop 1: Redesigning Family Engagement provides foundational training which underscores the link between family engagement and student achievement while also covering the building blocks for elevating family engagement in schools.
- Workshop 2: Designing Family Engagement Activities deepens participants’ understanding of the Dual Capacity Framework and provides expert-guided, interactive exercises.
- Workshop 3: Engaging Families in Learning Throughout the School Year helps participants connect family engagement to student learning goals as they plan for the coming year.
To support today’s students, school districts must make family engagement a priority and high-quality professional opportunities are crucial to ensuring these programs are implemented successfully, said Dr. Karen Mapp. The Family Engagement Workshop Series’provides educators with the training they need to become ongoing partners with families, allowing them to foster student success together.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Karen Mapp has been devoted to cultivating partnerships among schools, families and communities for enhancing student achievement and school performance. The building blocks of both the Family Engagement Workshop Series and the Scholastic Literacy Events program are centered on Dr. Mapp’s 3 Prerequisites for successful family-school partnership.
“We are extremely excited to have been chosen for inclusion in the FACE pilot program,” said SMA Lead Elementary teacher Norma Bemiss, adding that all educators can benefit from any tools that help students achieve their full academic potential. “The FACE pilot provides us with a framework to partner with our families and communities to to ensure all students have the opportunity to benefit from the highest quality instruction.”