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What is SACPIE?
SACPIE was established in 2009 and is the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education. The Colorado General Assembly found that it was in:
"...the best interests of the state to create a state advisory council for parent involvement in education that will review best practices and recommend to policy makers and educators strategies to increase parent involvement in public education, thereby helping improve the quality of public education and raise the level of students’ academic achievement throughout the state." (C.R.S. § 22-7-301(2), 2012)
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 second 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 resource is for schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success.
Family Partnership Trainings
Registration is now open for the third annual Family Partnership Promising Practices sessions:
- Grand Junction - March 8 - CANCELED due to low enrollment
- Durango - March 15
- Denver Metro North - March 22
- Denver Metro South - April 5
CDE, in collaboration with the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE), will be conducting trainings about promising practices in engaging all families as partners in education.
This event is free and open to all interested participants wanting to learn more strategies to implement family partnerships initiatives for student success. This may include Family Partnership Liaisons, district personnel, school personnel, parent leaders, and District or School Accountability Committee members. It is recommended to attend the training as a district or school team.
SACPIE recently completed its 2015 Annual Report. According to SB 13-193:
On or before December 31, 2013, and on or before December 31 each year thereafter, the Council shall report to the State Board, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the Education Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, or any successor committees, the council’s progress in promoting parent engagement in the state and in fulfilling the duties specified in this section.
For more information, please contact Dr. Darcy Hutchins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-866-5921
Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kickoff Event Recap
The October 2015 Family and School Partnership in Education Month kick-off event was held October 1, 2015 in the Colorado Department of Education lobby from 11:30—noon. Colorado Interim Commissioner of Education, Dr. Elliott Asp, chaired the event. Speakers’ remarks were recorded and can be access below:
- Dr. Elliott Asp
- Stacey Zis and Yolanda
- Kim Watchorn, CDE
- Diana Roybal, Principal at Cimarron Elementary School
- Kim Asamoah, Parent at Cimarron Elementary School
Approximately 70 people were in attendance, including numerous elected officials, CDE leaders, stakeholder organization representatives, families, educators, and SACPIE members. SACPIE and CDE provided the Proclamation, brochure, and other materials. Schools and districts shared promising partnership practices on posters, displayed in the state board room. Event photographs can be found here: 2015-10-01 Family Partnership in Education Kickoff.
Promising Partnership Practices Available Online
CDE, in collaboration with the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) collected practices from schools and districts about working with families for student learning. The first annual collection has over 50 submissions. The practices align with the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, adopted in Colorado legislation in 2009.
- View the practices online
October 2015 Governor's Proclamation of Family and School Partnership in Education Month in English and Spanish
The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) is pleased to announce that Governor John Hickenlooper has designated October 2015 as Family and School Partnership in Education Month. The goal of this special month is to actively share information and support families and educators working together to ensure learning success for every student, from pre-school to post-secondary and workforce readiness. Colorado is celebrating this special month for the fourth year. There will be a kick-off event on October 1st from 11:30 – 12:00 in the CDE lobby at 201 E. Colfax Avenue. For information, see this event flyer (PDF).
Family Engagement Brochure
The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) and the Colorado Department of Education are pleased to share a new family-school partnership brochure. This resource includes family partnership research, an explanation of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, and practical tips for how families, educators, and community members can collaborate for student success. The brochure is available in English and Spanish for anyone interested to copy and distribute.
As October 2014 has been declared Family and School Partnership in Education Month by Governor John Hickenlooper, an insert for the brochure has been developed to cite the Proclamation and share suggestions for celebrating the occasion. This insert is also available for anyone to copy and distribute.
Another idea is that districts, schools, classrooms, or organizations may develop an individualized insert specific to their needs and thus highlight local family-school programs or actions, within the general information brochure.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this webpage are those of the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Colorado Department of Education or the Colorado State Board of Education.