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Office of Family and Public Engagement

At DC Public Schools (DCPS), family and public engagement is built into everything we do, at every level of our work. Engagement is a district-wide priority as well as an individual priority for every teacher, administrator, and staff member. We are proud to build relationships with families, community members, and strategic partners to accelerate achievement for all DCPS students. 

The Office of Family and Public Engagement (OFPE), in coordination with the Chancellor, sets the vision for this work across the District. Explore the link below to learn more about our structure, theory of action and much more.

OFPE Theory of Action and Strategy


Our Teams

Family Engagement Division - The Family Engagement Division aims to build the capacity of school administrators and teachers to partner with families to drive student success.

Community Engagement Division - The Community Engagement Division listens to and engages our families and community at both the school and district level in order to build trust and obtain stakeholder feedback to inform the work of DCPS.

School Partnerships Division - The School Partnerships Division designs and advances strategies and resources for schools and the district to maximize partner impact on student success.


Guiding Principles

With the help of the DCPS community, the Office of Family and Public Engagement has worked to refine and enact a clear vision and strategy for partnering with DCPS stakeholders. This strategy accelerates the success of every student in the District.


Vision Statement

Our Vision Statement states simply and directly the change in DCPS we wish to see.

Every student’s success is accelerated by partnerships with families and communities.


Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement provides a clear, simple, and compelling framework for guiding behavior and decision-making.

The Office of Family and Public Engagement improves outcomes for every student in DC Public Schools by fostering collaborative partnerships between and among schools, families, and the greater DC community.


Theory of Action

To live our mission and strive to meet our vision, DCPS will ensure our work is aligned to a Theory of Action

If we...

Build and sustain relationships between and among DCPS, families, communities, and partners that increase trust;

Increase access to information, resources, and DCPS leadership and staff;

Increase transparency and provide stakeholders with timely and equitable opportunities to advise DCPS priorities;

Build capacity in schools and central office to partner with families and communities to improve student outcomes;

Then, every DCPS student's success will be accelerated by partnerships with families and communities.