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Family Involvement vs. Family Engagement: What’s the Difference?

"Family involvement" and "family engagement" are not one in the same. These are two very distinct concepts that look different in practice and yield different outcomes and results. Take our Quick Quiz to start off, and then read below to learn more about how "involvement" and "engagement" are two very different ideas, and why it's...
Welcoming our Youngest Families Back to School!

Welcoming our Youngest Families Back to School!

We are so excited to welcome our young families back to school and the ELECT Program Team is ready to support! ELECT is the School District of Philadelphia’s service program to support pregnant and parenting students of any gender as they work towards graduation. ELECT offers a wide array of individualized and group services including...
Adjusting to In-Person Learning in the New School Year

Adjusting to In-Person Learning in the New School Year

Fall 2021 has finally arrived, and students are back to in-person learning 5 days a week. It seems to go without saying that certain adjustments will be needed after over an entire school year of virtual and hybrid learning. Here are some tips that could be helpful to keep in mind as you and your...
Find Your Story with the Free Library's Summer of Wonder!

Find Your Story with the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder!

Looking for fun ways to expand your mind and keep your summer fresh and engaging—even indoors? The Free Library has a Summer of Wonder experience for you! What's Your Story? From artistic inspiration to STEAM building projects, from writing groups to world exploration, connect with your favorite library activities, or try something brand new! Bonus:...
Families Get Creative Together at Crayola Workshops

Families Get Creative Together at Crayola Workshops

Students and their families enjoyed time spent together creating STEAM-inspired artworks during FACT workshops led by Family Engagement Liaisons Dalila Bedoya and Melanie Oeun-Greenhalgh.  STEAM was a two-part series of FACT workshops; the first was called "The Future Me" facilitated by Family Engagement Liaison Joy McIntosh. STEAM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and...
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective – Call for Student Advisory Council Applications

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective – Call for Student Advisory Council Applications

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is calling for applications for its inaugural Student Advisory Council. We are looking for students who will be in 8th to 12th grade during the 2021-22 school year. The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) seeks to create a social framework for change; specifically seeking to increase the number of Black,...
June 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Transitioning from One School Year to the Next

June 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Transitioning from One School Year to the Next

As this school year comes to a close, we’ve pulled out an old article from our archives to review how to wrap up the school year when it comes to your school’s School Advisory Council (SAC). This is a great time to think about how to wind down the year and prepare for the future....
Parent Shares Her Experience with the PTA at Charles W. Henry School

Parent Shares Her Experience with the PTA at Charles W. Henry School

The School District of Philadelphia is fortunate to have parents, caregivers and teachers who are dedicated to educating and caring for our students. At Charles W. Henry Elementary School, located in Mt. Airy, we have a wonderful school community and one of our best assets is our PTA. I decided to join the PTA shortly...
Families Learn from Each Other at the "Meeting of the SACs"

Families Learn from Each Other at the “Meeting of the SACs”

Have you ever wondered how family engagement works at other schools in the School District of Philadelphia? Well, all you have to do is ask! This past March, members of several school communities in North Philadelphia came together to discuss what School Advisory Councils (SACs) look like in each other schools and exchange helpful tips...
May 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of SAC Bylaws

May 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of SAC Bylaws

Within your School Advisory Council (SAC), the members may agree on creating SAC Bylaws. Bylaws are a set of agreed-upon regulations that will dictate how the SAC functions and carries out its operations. While SACs are not required to write or submit bylaws, they have proven to be very helpful for many schools. Let’s review...