WHAT IS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN A SCHOOL?
By Sharon Williams, Community Relations & Engagement Coordinator
When you think of family engagement with a school, do you think of parents volunteering in their child’s classroom or attending parent-teacher conferences? I do, because this is a great way for families to engage teachers about their child’s education. However, schools, families and communities can come together to support our students in other ways as well.
Supporting our students can take place at the school, in the family’s home and out in the community. Community engagement may include a local organization providing financial literacy to students and their families, an architecture firm giving students an insider’s tour of a building’s structure, or a community member volunteering as a reader.
A successful community engagement program meets the goals of the families, school and community. As groups engage with one another, it is important to understand the impact of those new relationships. For example, engagement that meets the school’s needs, such as a booster club fundraiser, may not be important to parents who want their children to have more STEM opportunities.
Developing a meaningful engagement program to bring families, schools and community together includes identifying shared goals and values of the stakeholders. Then, we can work together to meet the needs of students and schools.
For more information on creating meaningful community engagement in Putnam City Schools, please contact Sharon Williams, Community Relations and Engagement Coordinator, (405) 495-5200, ext. 1205, or send her an email.
February 12, 2020