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Community Engagement

The DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement (OFPE) is responsible for engaging parents, families and the community in our students’ learning and in improving our schools. All of our work is designed to impact and improve student achievement.

OFPE’s Community Engagement Division plans and executes district level and targeted school/community engagement on DCPS priorities and initiatives.

We will increase confidence in DCPS and build trust from our stakeholders by committing to consistently listening to and consulting our stakeholders, using their feedback to inform the work of DCPS and communicating back how their feedback was used.

To learn more about community engagement opportunities in School Year 2017-2018, please refer to our plan. Join the Chancellor and DCPS Leadership each month for an opportunity to provide feedback and help make critical decision on the district’s strategic priorities and initiatives. Light refreshments, childcare and interpretation services will be provided.


Theory of Action

Effective community engagement should be grounded in a process that supports the ability to place the parent and community voice as paramount to improving schools. We believe this process should include each of the following four elements encompassed in the Community Engagement feedback loop:

  • Build Relationships (Build strategic relationships that are cultivated through a shared vision)
  • Engage Stakeholders (Seek out external viewpoints through meaningful stakeholder engagement opportunities)
  • Inform DCPS Goals and Operations (Utilize the external viewpoints when planning DCPS policy and programming)
  • Share How Community Input Informed Goals (Share how external viewpoints are taken into account)

Community Engagement Strategies in DCPS

Community Engagement in DCPS is defined as any element of learning the district can capture through and by collaborating with DCPS stakeholders and use to improve and inform our goals. We employ core strategies to accomplish these goals.

Support to school staff, families, and communities and work that originates from school communities.

  • Build and sustain strategic and authentic relationships with family and community stakeholders and increase the visibility of DCPS through the leadership of the Community Action Team.
  • Create opportunities to collect feedback from families and community members through district level and neighborhood specific engagements.
  • Track and monitor the engagement work that takes place in DCPS to be data driven and adaptive in our efforts.
  • Capacity building with instructional superintendents and principals to support school culture and relationship building with school communities in ways that promote equity and diversity.
  • Targeted support to school leaders around parent organizations and Local School Advisory Teams (LSAT).

Support to central office staff and work that originates from central office departmentalized work.

  • Support central offices in developing strategies for community engagement within their respective offices.
  • Develop short term project initiatives in DCPS through and by stakeholder engagement strategies and use this feedback for long-term district wide program recommendations.
  • Lead or support engagement around new schools or school re-design.
  • Coordinate participation for the Chancellor and DCPS leadership in parent and community facing activities.