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Helping districts develop meaningful school-family partnerships is the focus of an annual workshop series organized by LACOE's Division of Accountability, Support and Monitoring.

"Public schools are required to engage parents and stakeholders in ways that support student success," said Olivia Fuentes, division director. "Our focus is on giving districts research-based strategies to build their capacity in this critical area."

More than 80 educators from 30 districts and charter schools countywide are participating in the 2016-17 series of three half-day workshops. They include community liaisons, teachers, administrators and board members.

"Our goal is that when participants complete the workshop series they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to build a family engagement program that can truly improve student academic achievement, attendance and behavior," Fuentes said.

Topics covered include:
  • Building parent capacity to participate in governance and advisory bodies
  • Developing district- and school-level policies that support parent leadership and effective school-home compacts
  • Meeting parent notification requirements and fostering home-school communication
  • Ensuring parent involvement in developing the Local Control and Accountability Plan

The series focuses on the research and work of parent and family engagement experts, and is founded on the national framework "Partners in Education – A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships," published by the U.S. Department of Education.

As part of the effort, a Feb. 16 workshop will be held featuring Ryan Smith, executive director of Education Trust-West, on key shifts in parent and family engagement. Click here for more information and to register.

For more information on the workshop series, email Bonnie McFarland, LACOE project director for LCAP and State/Federal Programs.

Photo: LACOE's Jan. 12 Parent and Family Engagement Workshop brought together more than 80 educators from 30 districts and charter schools to learn research-based strategies to promote effective parent involvement.

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