Attention families: the deadline to commit to schools for School Selection has been extended to TONIGHT, Tuesday January 26, at 11:59 pm. Find information HERE.

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Category: 2017 October

It’s School Selection Season!

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA OFFICE OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND PLACEMENT 2017-2018 School Selection Process Overview   The School District of Philadelphia will be accepting online applications for the School Selection Process from September 29th to November 13th at 5:00 PM.  The School Selection Process is for students and families who wish to apply to a school...
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How Do We "Listen" to Families? Try a Human-Centered Design Approach

The following article is taken from the Harvard Family Research Project. Although years of research confirm the important role of families in student achievement, we continue to struggle with HOW to engage families in meaningful and effective ways. Human-centered design (also called design thinking) opens new possibilities for closing the gap between research and practice....
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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...

Tips for Teachers: Building Relationships with Families

In honor of Family Engagement month, we wanted to not only focus on families who are engaged in their schools, but the teachers whom they support! Engaging families can be difficult for teachers, who already work very hard to ensure that our young people are getting the quality education they deserve, so we have assembled...

Get to Know FACE: Who We Are, What We Do

We're dedicated to creating and supporting partnerships among schools, families, and communities. As a central resource for family engagement, FACE staff strive to engage and inform parent leaders and families as essential partners in helping students achieve academic proficiency and college and career readiness. FACE is here to assist families in navigating the School District,...

SAT/PSAT Testing Day: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dear High School Parents and Guardians, The School District of Philadelphia will be administering the SAT as well as the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to all high school students in grades 9 through 12 on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at their high school. This opportunity will be at no additional costs to parents...

FACEtime with Our Staff: LaShaé Spratley

LaShaé Sprately has been the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for Network 3 and the Autonomy Network since October 2016 and doesn't see herself leaving any time soon. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Ms. Spratley worked with children who had behavioral health issues at several social service agencies throughout Philadelphia. Shortly after,...
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Family Engagement Around the World: Tanzania

Different societies and cultures have different ideas of what family engagement looks like in their communities. Check out the video below, which features fathers in Tanzania who are part of a parent group—which functions similarly to School Advisory Councils in Philadelphia—that meets regularly to discuss their daughters’ progress in school and address any issues as...

Family Engagement Around the World: India

Indian Pre-Primary School children at Divine Orchids International Preschool in Jawhar. India is an incredibly diverse country with a rich mixture of different cultures, religions, and languages, and education in India is as diverse as its people. More rural areas, such as villages and farms, tend to have single-room school houses that educate several grade...
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Family Engagement Superstar: Andrew McKnight, William Dick School

When Andrew McKnight walks down the hallways of William Dick School in North Philadelphia, nearly every person he passes knows who he is, grins, and gives a warm greeting. He chats informally about what's going on with them, how their day is going, or when the next School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting is. Mr. McKnight...