Constantino's 5 Simple Principles to Engage Every Family
Principle 1: A Culture That Engages Every Family The collective beliefs, attitudes, norms, values, actions and assumptions of the school organization explicitly embrace and are committed to ensuring the notion of families as a foundational core component to improvement and greater student learning and performance. How does Andrews currently implement Standard 1?
Various workshops and events to include day and evening times.
Flexibility for volunteers
Consider every family's needs by offering links to community resources such as Social Services, USDA Food Distribution locations, clothing resources, shelter, utility assistance and local employment opportunities
Community involvement (Hampton University Football, Mayor's Book Club, etc.)
Every family will have a safe and comfortable environment!
Principle 2: Communicate Effectively and Build Relationships There is consistent evidence of creating environments in the school that are welcoming, respectful and conducive to family engagement. The school places an emphasis on effective communication with every family and stakeholder within the learning community and seeks to build trusting relationships with all families. How does Andrews currently implement Standard 2?
Visibility & Availability
Open/Nonjudgemental & Trusting
Offering varying forms of communication (flyers, ConnectEd calls, text, word of mouth, website, email, newsletters, Parent/Teacher conferences, etc.)
Stepping "out of the box" into the community by meeting with families in their homes or nearby
Principle 3: Empower Every Family Families are recognized as essential members of the learning team for each student – they feel welcome and valued by the school. The school understands that families are important resources because they know their children and the greater community well. How does Andrews currently implement Principle 3?
Foodbank's USDA Program (nearby locations)
Parent volunteers/Lunch Buddy Program
Mayor's Book Club
Watch M.O.M.S. & Watch D.O.G.S. Programs
Internet & Computer Usage for Parents
HERE! Program (notes/phone calls/workshops)
Academic-focused events (Math and Reading)
Principle 4: Family Participation in Decision Making The school recognizes the entitlement of parents to be consulted and participate in decisions concerning their own children. The school is genuinely inclusive in its approach to decision-making. It recognizes that this type of process creates a sense of shared responsibility among parents, students, community members, educators and administrators. How does Andrews currently implement Principle 4?
Action Team - Decision Making
Fall Surveys - feedback from families
Include parents on school committees
Principle 5: Engage the Greater Community The school places a strong focus on building and creating partnerships external to the school. The school recognizes the strengths and talents that exist in the communities that influence student learning and development and seeks to use these to strengthen and support the school, students and their families. It also recognizes that the school can be a focal point for communities to come together and engage in capacity building and renewal. The school views itself as an important community asset and has community representatives on the school’s governing body. There is a clear recognition from the school that the greater community plays an integral role in the educational success of the school. How does Andrews currently implement Principle 5?
Faith-based partnerships with community churches (Hampton Roads Baptist Church, Third Baptist Church, Six House Inc. and Saint John's)
Community Partnerships with local universities, businesses and organizations (Passion for Percussion, Hampton Sherriff's Department, AAA-Safety Patrol, Junior Achievement, and Hampton University)
Title I, as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, is a federally funded program designed to assist students for greater achievement in reading and math. In addition, the Title I program has always encouraged and recognized the importance of family engagement in student success! With the reauthorization of this program families will have more opportunities to become more engaged in their child’s education.
Does Hampton City Schools have a Family Engagement Policy?
Yes! Copies may be requested by contacting April Howard at 268-3417 or download the policy listed below. We also provide grade level specific Home and School Compacts that explain how Parents, Teachers, the Family Engagement Specialist, and other staff will work together to make sure all of our students reach or exceed grade-level standards.
What does Title I do for Andrews PK-8?
Ms. April Howard, Family Engagement Specialist, Mrs. Holly Nicely, Math Interventionist, Mrs. Leenette Foster and Mr. Shontre Outlaw, Reading Interventionists are all Hampton City Schools Title I employees. Title I funds the Family Resource Center (located in room A100), instructional materials for teachers, laptop computers for students (to use in school) and other 21st century technology and media resources such as the Promethean boards located in each classroom and iPads.
What and where is the Title I Family Resource Center?
The Family Resource Center (FRC) is located in the PK-2 wing of the building. It is to the right just before the Cafeteria. It has many educational materials for parents, grandparents, and caretakers to check out for student and adult use. Books, DVDs, educational learning games, leap frog learning systems, books, play-a-ways, and parenting books are all available. Parents can browse the web, look for jobs, write and print your resume, read parenting magazines, have a cup of coffee and snacks are also available!
We are looking forward to having a great school year. If you have any questions about the Title I Program please do not hesitate to call me at 268-3417 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just stop in…I love visitors!
Click here to access the HCS LEA Family Engagement Policy.