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Family Engagement

Family Engagement Partnership

Supported by the Flamboyan Foundation, the Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) helps school leaders and teachers engage families in ways that benefit student learning. Participating schools have seen significant academic growth, along with more active and engaged school communities.

A Johns Hopkins University study shows that families and teachers feel that FEP activities were helpful in improving student and school outcomes, and participation in FEP activities was positively associated with parents’ confidence to help their children in school, as well as parents’ perceptions of schools and teachers. Students whose families received home visits were more likely to attend school and to achieve or exceed grade-level reading comprehension than students whose families did not receive a home visit. Read the DC Family Engagement Partnership Student Outcome Evaluation [PDF].

The Partnership includes these components:

Relationship-Building Home Visits

Teachers and parents form trusting relationships through home visits.  In teams of two, teachers visit families in a location of their choosing and focus on getting to know the family and child. Teachers and families both share their hopes, dreams, and expectations for the student. In the 2015-2016 school year over 6,000 DCPS Families in FEP schools received a home visit from their child’s teacher.

Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT)

The APTT is a new style of parent-teacher conferences with an emphasis on how families can support their child’s academics at home. These meetings take place three times throughout the school year in place of traditional Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Regular and Positive Communications

As part of the FEP, teachers receive ongoing training and support to help them establish regular and positive communications with the families of students in their class. School staff learn how to build relationships with families and work with them to set high academic expectations, monitor their child’s progress, and encourage and support learning at home.

Engaged Schools

Use our interactive map to identify individual schools that are involved in the Family Engagement Partnership.

Family Engagement Collaborative

The Family Engagement Collaborative (FEC) is a yearlong fellowship and professional learning community for teachers. The FEC gives educators in schools not currently partnering with Flamboyan Foundation an opportunity to bring strong family engagement skills to their classrooms. Teachers come together six times throughout the school year to learn and share about a variety of family engagement topics while working to complete a designated number of Relationship-Building Home Visits.

Launched in 2013, the FEC has served more than 250 teachers representing more than 60 schools and all 8 wards over the past four years. Here are what some Family Engagement Collaborative teachers had to say about their experience with home visits: 

“I honestly didn't know P's family very well before this home visit, but I left feeling like I'd known them for quite some time. We had so much fun chatting with P's mom, dad, as well as her older and younger sisters.” Teacher, Peabody Elementary School

"The mom loved the visit and the fact that we came to her at the beginning of the year."- Teacher, Noyes Education Campus

“My buddy and I visited with a student and his mother asked about her child’s goals for this year which included getting to school on time, being prepared, making the football team, and doing his best in school. We talked about strategies to reach those goals. His mom would like us to stay in communication; it was a very positive meeting.” –Teacher, Wilson High School

The Family Engagement Collaborative Masters Program

The Family Engagement Collaborative (FEC) Masters is a yearlong fellowship and professional learning community for teachers who have successfully completed the FEC in previous years. Participants in the FEC Masters design and implement a family engagement project that targets their own schools’ family engagement needs while also completing home visits throughout the school year.

The Lab (Parent Leadership Initiative)

The Lab is an innovative, eight-week, parent leadership development program aimed to build meaningful and sustainable relationships between school and parent leaders by collaboratively working to identify and solve commonly defined problems in the school community.

Lab teams consist of teachers, school level administrators and parent leaders. Throughout the course of the Lab, teams work to build relationships, identify problems, interview stakeholders, develop solutions, take action and debrief.

Foundations of Family Engagement

The Foundations of Family Engagement Professional Development Series is a foundational experience that helps ground central office staff in the "why" we are working hard to position families and school staff as partners. During the one-hour professional development experience, central office staff listen to stakeholders and work together to re-envision their influence at their current positions to help DCPS create avenues for stronger relationships between DCPS families and schools.