PARTNERSHIPS FOR LEARNING NETWORK
This district program was formed in 2005 to support schools in collaborating ideas/strategies and gain new knowledge in the field of parent and family engagement. The program has been an systematic approach to ensuring that all schools form partnerships with parents and families.
Schools support each other in the work of engaging families and community members into the educational system. Partner schools lay out their parent and family engagement plans through a school-level parent engagement policy and an action plan (school-parent compacts) that link school improvement goals and classroom instruction to home-school-community activities for student success!
The parent and family activities or “promising practices’ concentrate on meeting a Framework of Six Types of Involvement delineated in the research of Joyce Epstein, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. We currently have 30 schools participating in the network.
The hallmarks of the network are:
1. dedicated time to provide professional development for parents, teachers, and administration
2. sharing of parent and family engagement resources
3. building capacity for parent engagement programs at schools
Each school forms an Action Teams for Partnerships (ATP) that can include teachers, parents, community members, and administrators. These teams create a School-Parent Compact, which is an annual action plan, with academic and non-academic goals that come from their SPSA (Single Plan for Student Achievement). The compact outlines in detail by grade or department level how classroom instruction and learning at home can work together for high academic and behavioral achievement.
Action teams pose this question when developing partnerships with parents and family members.
"If _________is happening for students during the school day, how are
parents and community members engaged to support that learning?"
The action team also periodically revises their site’s Parent and Family Engagement Policy. This work is compatible with CVUSD Board Policy No.6020, a general Parent Involvement Policy. To meet each goal, each team strives to have a balanced approach of best practices that meet the Framework of Six Types of Involvement. Each year the School-Parent Compact is an addendum to the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and is Board approved. Each partner school has a PFLN Partnership Leader to chair their ATP, which is usually the Assistant Principal or a teacher leader.
The Partnerships for Learning Network district meetings are held throughout the year under the guidance of our Parent, School and Community Specialist. The Specialist monitors School-Parent Compacts, supports promising practices at each site, provides targeted parent workshops through the Family Engagement Center and at school sites, and leads action teams towards scaling up their practices each year. The district meeting topics come from the schools at the annual Celebrate and Evaluate meeting.