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Practicing Self-Care for Families: Engaging Without Burning Out

Practicing Self-Care for Families: Engaging Without Burning Out

Having a child of school age was always hard– but the pandemic has made it even more difficult for so many families. In today’s technology-driven world, family members need to know how and when to engage with a school, have superior technology skills, spend time effectively, and so much more. With such a long list...
Mary McLeod Bethune School Opens Its Doors to the Community for COVID Education and Vaccines

Mary McLeod Bethune School Opens Its Doors to the Community for COVID Education and Vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that school staff members have had to get creative and think outside the box around family and community engagement. That’s no challenge for Family Engagement Liaison Victoria Trower, who supports 12 schools within the School District. One of those schools is Mary McLeod Bethune School in North Philadelphia, which has...
Seeing Parents as Partners Earns Hancock Demonstration School Family-School Partnership Award

Seeing Parents as Partners Earns Hancock Demonstration School Family-School Partnership Award

When it comes to family and parent engagement, John Hancock Demonstration School’s Principal Bill Griffin wants families to know how vital they are to the school and the school community. “Parents need to know how valuable they are,” Principal Griffin says before showcasing a school that does outstanding work engaging parents and families in a...
Congratulations to the 2021 Family Engagement Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2021 Family Engagement Award Winners!

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Family Engagement Awards! 🎉🎉 Every October, FACE opens nominations for two awards, the Family-School Partnership Award and the Family Leadership Award to Philadelphia public schools. The Family-School Partnership Award is awarded to schools that can demonstrate exemplary practice...
Tips for Productive Report Card Conferences

Tips for Productive Report Card Conferences

Photo: NPR Report card conferences are approaching, and we want to make sure that both families and educators are prepared and ready to discuss the progress of students to ensure a clear path for the rest of the school year, especially in this unique environment. Remember that a major goal of these conferences is to...
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...
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...
Two Parents’ Responses to The Engagement Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

Two Parents’ Responses to The Engagement Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

In our April Focus on FACE newsletter issue, we had the opportunity to write about the family engagement initiatives happening at Strawberry Mansion High School. After hearing from Principal Brian McCracken, School Counselor Ms. Ameera Sullivan, and Family Engagement Liaison Victoria Trower, we had the chance to hear from two Strawberry Mansion parents to speak...
Listening Ears and Productive Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

Listening Ears and Productive Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

This month and next month we are featuring a 2-part story on family engagement at Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia! Through this past year that all of us have had to stay physically isolated, one’s assumption would be that people would have less interaction with one another and feel more separated. However, at...