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What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

What Family Engagement Means To Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez

People often ask – what is the key to strong family engagement? While it is hard to respond with one definitive answer for all schools, Juniata Park Academy Principal Marisol Rivera Rodriguez has used a great strategy: ask families what they want! Her commitment to parent and family input and programming led to her receiving...
Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Spotlighting the Partnership Between School and Families at Tanner Duckrey

Teamwork makes the dream work! In few places can we see that more strongly than at Tanner Duckrey School, as families and school staff have partnered together to make the 2019 Outstanding SAC Winning school the best it can be. Principal David Cohen and the leadership team have worked alongside family members to increase family...
Congratulations to the 2019 SAC & Volunteer Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019 SAC & Volunteer Award Winners!

After receiving dozens of applications from families, community members, and staff from across the District, the FACE Office is proud to announce this year’s SAC and Volunteer Award Winners! Check out the Award Winners and read snippets from their nomination essays below. Thank you for all you do for our schools! 2019 Volunteer of the...
The Heart Goes a Long Way at Dunbar!

The Heart Goes a Long Way at Dunbar!

Just ten minutes of talking with Principal Dawn Moore, principal of Paul L. Dunbar School and Ms. Haydee Delgado, School Improvement Support Liaison at Dunbar School, shows how much heart goes behind connecting with families at Dunbar. Oftentimes people think that all it requires to have family engagement at schools is monetary resources, but Principal...
May SAC Tip of the Month: Transitioning from One School Year to the Next

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

In April, the SAC Support Team held the final SAC Academy workshop for the school year titled “SAC: Succession Planning.” Even in early April is a good time to begin thinking about how to wind the school year down and prepare for the future! The workshop broke down three time frames to consider: the end...
April SAC Tip of the Month: How SACs Can Utilize and Mobilize Volunteers

April SAC Tip of the Month: How SACs Can Utilize and Mobilize Volunteers

This month, we’re showing our gratitude for a group of people our schools cannot do without — volunteers! Our family, parent, and community volunteers make a tremendous difference in our schools, and we don’t know what we’d do without them! As School Advisory Councils work to achieve various goals, there are ways that SACs can...
March SAC Tip of the Month: How SACs Can Discuss, Promote, and Improve Literacy

March SAC Tip of the Month: How SACs Can Discuss, Promote, and Improve Literacy

School Advisory Councils (SACs) have three major goals: supporting academic achievement, improving school climate and culture, and strengthening family engagement. A big academic goal for most schools includes advancing literacy skills for all students. This month’s SAC Tip of the Month gives some ways that your SAC can discuss, promote, and improve literacy at your...
Family School Partnership Award Winner Julia R. Masterman: Unifying Diverse Populations

Family School Partnership Award Winner Julia R. Masterman: Unifying Diverse Populations

At Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, there is a convergence of students from all around the city. Masterman has a unique position of being both a middle and high school, and students join the school community at different points. Because Masterman’s population includes students and families from every Philadelphia neighborhood, the student body...
February SAC Tip of the Month: Using Technology to Facilitate SAC Meetings

February SAC Tip of the Month: Using Technology to Facilitate SAC Meetings

As School Advisory Councils are picking up again in the new calendar year, many schools face similar barriers to participation and attendance at SAC meetings. The administrators at the Academies at Roxborough High School had a conversation with parents about what barriers prevent them from attending school meeting and how they could address them. Roxborough’s...
Duckrey Families Show How SAC Academy Workshops Can Be Adapted for Your School Community

Duckrey Families Show How SAC Academy Workshops Can Be Adapted for Your School Community

Ms. Haskett and Ms. Clements after the attendance workshop they hosted at Tanner Duckrey School. In December 2018, the FACE office held a SAC Academy workshop called “Discussing Attendance as a SAC.” In this workshop, the attendees participated in an activity where they brainstormed all obstacles that prevent consistent attendance at their schools. After listing...