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October is Family & School Partnership in Education Month
Governor Jared Polis proclaimed October as Family and School Partnership in Education Month! This month is dedicated to elevating the importance of parents, families and schools working together to help students achieve higher levels of academic performance and help them reach their full potential.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 parnterhips, promising practices, and research.
For More Information
Contact the Director of Family Partnerships at CDE, Dr. Darcy Hutchins Hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us