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District Family Engagement Action Group

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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 a group of parents, family members, and caretakers from across the School District of Philadelphia committed to family engagement in their school communities. Through bi-monthly meetings and other family engagement events, families will become more knowledgeable about and provide input to district leaders and offices on district and school-related issues of concern to families of students in District schools. Informed by their individual perspectives and those of their school communities, Action Group members will work collaboratively to recommend solutions that are workable for all those concerned. In turn, Action Group members will champion the work of family engagement in their school communities by sharing information, best practices, District news, and initiatives.

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 and use evaluations for continuous improvement.

What will Action Group Members do?

The general responsibilities of District Family Engagement Action Group Members include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Solicit opinions, best practices, and concerns about school programs, student services, and other district policy issues from their school communities to bring to Action Group meetings
  • Present recommendations to the school district to support academic achievement among all school children
  • Ensure that school district policy and procedure decisions are informed by the voices of parents and guardians who reflect the district’s student populations.
  • Commit to a two-year term as an Action Group member (parents/guardians of students in Pre-Kindergarten to rising 11th graders are eligible)
  • Meet bi-monthly with District staff to learn about and advise on a variety of programs, initiatives, and processes, especially as it relates to family engagement
  • Promote District events and provide materials, information, and news to their neighborhoods and school communities

Last modified: July 30, 2019