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Family School Partnership Award Winner: James J. Sullivan School

When Renee Morley became the principal of James J. Sullivan School in 2013, she knew there was work to be done with family and community engagement. She made a commitment to the work and poured resources into making her vision a reality. Five years later, Principal Morley has achieved her goals and then some with...
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Warren G. Harding Middle School Hosts a Successful Math and Literacy Night

On a Wednesday night in January, Warren G. Harding Middle School hosted its first Math and Literacy Night. Warren G. Harding is located in the Frankford area of Philadelphia and enrolls about 780 students. Math and Literacy Night was an event that had long been on Principal Mary Sanchez’s mind. She’d been trying to get...
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Parent & Guardian and District-Wide Student Survey Now Open!

Every year, the Office of Research and Evaluation conducts surveys multiple school stakeholders. The District-wide Survey program reaches thousands of District students, teachers, principals, and parents/guardians annually. The surveys were designed to capture feedback from the school community on five key topics related to school improvement—climate, instruction, leadership, professional capacity, and parent/guardian-community ties. With an...

Coming Soon to the School District of Philadelphia: Academic Parent Teacher Teams!

The FACE Office, in partnership with WestEd and the William Penn Foundation, is bringing Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT) to Philadelphia! Overview The purpose of this K-3 family engagement early literacy initiative, sponsored by the William Penn Foundation is to fund and support nine elementary schools as they plan, develop, and implement Academic Parent Teacher...

Building Trust Between Schools and Families

Why is building trust important? It's an easy question to answer—trust is essential in any relationship—but it's much harder to answer HOW we go about building trust. Lack of trust between schools and families can deeply hinder family engagement at schools. It can also cause unnecessary conflict between families and school staff due to miscommunication,...
Listening and Learning as a Way to Improve Communication with Multilingual Families

Listening and Learning as a Way to Improve Communication with Multilingual Families

Signing forms, talking to teachers, checking up on homework, and registering for school are all part of helping your child succeed academically. English-speaking parents often grow overwhelmed with the seemingly endless number of small tasks that must be completed for back to school season. While being a parent—no matter the circumstances—is difficult, it is important...