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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...
Assessing Needs and Finding Strategies to Meet Them at Overbrook Educational Center

Assessing Needs and Finding Strategies to Meet Them at Overbrook Educational Center

At Overbrook Educational Center (OEC), located in West Philadelphia, the constant work of this digital learning season has been to learn the needs of families and then step in to find strategies to meet those needs. Principal Meredith Foote and the entire school staff have been all hands on deck to figure out what families...
Clear Communication in the Forefront at Robert Morris School

Clear Communication in the Forefront at Robert Morris School

These days, because each student is learning independently and families and students are physically separated, it can be a challenge to share information with the entire school community and make sure that everyone is in the know. At Robert Morris School, the administration has paid extra attention to its family communication efforts to make sure...
Jay Cooke Elementary School: Meeting Families Where They Are

Jay Cooke Elementary School: Meeting Families Where They Are

If there’s been any constant during this pandemic time, it seems to be the fact that things are constantly changing, and we all need to roll with the punches. At Jay Cooke Elementary School, the administration has applied this open-minded approach to engaging with their families. The school staff and administrators at Jay Cooke wanted...
Strengthening Family Bonds and Engagement At Philip H. Sheridan School

Strengthening Family Bonds and Engagement At Philip H. Sheridan School

In October, we celebrated Family Engagement Month to acknowledge the many ways that school staff members have been engaging families during this digital learning time. This season of online engagement has required creativity to say the least, and we wanted to give congratulations to one of our winners of The Family Engagement Month Contest, Philip...

Join us in Celebrating our Family Engagement Month Contest Winners!

The Office of Family and Community Engagement would like to congratulate and thank every family and school who submitted their digital learning family engagement stories in October 2020! Families who shared their experience supporting their child(ren) during this unprecedented time received a Family Engagement Care Package worth over $100! Schools that were selected as winners...