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District Family Engagement Action Group

Bringing Family Voices to the Table

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What is the District Family Engagement Action Group?

The District Family Engagement Action Group, formerly known as the District Advisory Council, is an opportunity for family leaders to become more informed about School District of Philadelphia policies and initiatives. In turn, members will provide input to District leaders and build relationships to amplify family voices. Members will champion the work of family engagement in their school communities by sharing information, best practices, and District news.

The objectives of the District Family Engagement Action Group are to:
  • increase family participation in decision making;
  • establish a network of community resources;
  • foster collaboration between families and school/district staff;
  • equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning; and
  • evaluate family engagement efforts for continuous improvement.

What do Action Group Members do?

Action Group members are unpaid volunteers who represent every Learning Network in the School District of Philadelphia. Representation strives to reflect the city’s diversity.

The general commitments and requirements of District Family Engagement Action Group Members include, but are not limited to:

Be a parent, family member, or caregiver of students in Pre-Kindergarten to rising 11th graders and must be listed on the student’s record in the Student Information System

Commit to a 2-year term, for no more than two back-to-back terms

Attend meetings every other month from September to June (Missing more than 2 meetings could lead to removal from the group)

Attend an orientation in September 2021

Be actively involved in an existing parent group or demonstrate commitment to supporting a School District of Philadelphia school

Attend at least one Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT) class throughout the school year (

Attend at least one additional meeting opportunity available to Action Group members (Examples include focus groups, employee interviews, etc.)

Last modified: August 3, 2021