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District Families Show How to Support Student Health with their School Advisory Councils

District Families Show How to Support Student Health with their School Advisory Councils

With the pandemic still on people’s minds, one thing that schools and families are understandably concerned about is student mental health and wellness. Luckily, families and community members in so many of our schools are pitching in to help– allocating time, money, and effort to using their School Advisory Councils (SACs) and other parent leadership...
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...
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....
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...
April 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Basics of SAC Elections

April 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Basics of SAC Elections

In these final few months of the school year, School Advisory Councils (SACs) across different schools are doing the work of wrapping up existing projects as well as beginning to prepare for the next school year. One of the ways to get a good start on next year’s SAC for your school is by setting...
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...
March 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Time for a Tune-Up!

March 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Time for a Tune-Up!

Somehow the first couple of months of 2021 have breezed on by, and we’ve already hit March. It seems like a good time for a School Advisory Council (SAC) tune-up and a chance for you to fine-tune any parts of your SAC meetings that can be even stronger as we head into the final several...
February 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Collaborating with Other Family Groups

February 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Collaborating with Other Family Groups

The School Advisory Council (SAC) at schools serves as a collaborative team made up of family members, the school principal, school-based staff, students (for schools grades 7-12), and community members. The main focal points of a SAC are student achievement and academics, school climate and culture, and family engagement. To have strategic conversations about these...