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Family-School-Community Partnering Virtual Coffee Chats
During this time of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Family-School-Community Partnering (FSCP) Coffee Chats are now virtual and bi-weekly. Please join other district staff for a discussion about how you can support families during this time. Sessions are recorded and are then sent to the district-level family engagement points of contact in case they are unable to join live.
May 29, 2020 10AM-11:30AM Join via zoom here.
For questions, contact Darcy Hutchins at Hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us or 303-562-8175.
FSCP during COVID-19
Districts and schools across Colorado are finding unique ways to partner with families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many districts are relying on regularly-established channels of communication while others are finding new ways to building and maintain relationships. A universal theme is that the role of family engagement liaison has never been more critical. Here is a summary of how districts, schools, and community organizations are working together assist families and students.
Submit a Promising Partnership Practice
The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) and CDE invite schools, districts, early childhood centers, institutions of higher education, accountability committees, parent-teacher committees, or any other school- or district-based council to submit an application for consideration in the annual. The purpose of this resource is for schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success.
The deadline is June 15th, 2020. Please complete the application here: Promising Partnership Practice Application
2019 Promising Partnerships Practices
See a collection of initiatives from schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado that highlight how they partner with families and the community for student success.
Family-School-Community Partnerships Definition:
Families, early childhood programs, schools, and communities actively partnering to develop, implement, and evaluate effective and equitable practices to improve educational outcomes for children and youth.
The office of Family-School Partnerships sits within the Improvement Planning Unit at CDE, and was created in response to Senate Bill 13-193 Increasing Parent Involvement in Public Schools. Responsibilities of the office include:
- Supporting to schools and districts implementing Family and Community Engagement practices
- Incorporating strategies in the Unified Improvement Plan to increase parent engagement in schools, with a specific focus on priority performance and turnaround schools.
- Ensuring that school district board of education adopt district policy for increasing and supporting parent engagement in the public and charter schools of the district
- Communicating and providing support to the identified family partnership point of contact within school districts
- Supporting parent participation on school and district accountability committees (SACs and DACs)
- Staffing the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE)
Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kick-Off Event
October is Family and School Partnership in Education Month in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Education and the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education are hosting a Kick-Off Event to celebrate the month. The event will take place on October 3rd from 6-8pm at the History Colorado Center. Click here for more information. We hope to see you there! Register here.
SACPIE Announces Three Parent Vacancies
The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) has three open positions for parents who serve on a district or school accountability committee (DAC or SAC). The Council is looking for parents who live in congressional districts 5, 6, and 7. For a copy of the application and more details about the vacancies, click here. Applications are due to Darcy Hutchins (email@example.com) on September 23, 2019.
Call for Submissions—Promising Partnership Practices
The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), is collecting promising practices from schools and districts across the state to publish in the fifth annual Promising Partnership Practices—Colorado book. SACPIE and CDE invite schools, districts, early childhood centers, institutions of higher education, accountability committees, parent-teacher committees, or any other school- or district-based council to submit an application for consideration in the publication. The purpose of this book is for schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success. Access the submission form here.
These research briefs were developed by CDE and SACPIE to provide information and implications for practice to school leaders as they establish family and community engagement partnerships focused on student achievement.
This monthly newsletter is sent to family partnership contacts around the state, and includes updates from the director of family partnerships, promising practices, and research.
For More Information
Contact the Director of Family Partnerships at CDE, Dr. Darcy Hutchins Hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us