National Family Engagement Fellowship

Dallas Team

Explore the Dallas Team’s findings, vision, and strategic plan, and get to know the people doing this powerful work for students and families in the Lone Star State.

Welcome to Dallas

Your story is Dallas’ story. Let’s write our future together.

When the Dallas ISD Family Engagement Partnership Team formed in Winter 2018, their first task was to complete a landscape assessment. “The intentional listening was an eye-opener for us,” shared Yesenia Cardozo Ramirez, Director of Family and Community Engagement, Early Learning. “We found there [was] a misperception of what family engagement is, and what parents are wanting.” Though the Team initially leaned on data from a landscape assessment a few years prior, they felt compelled to engage more family voices, and the Family Listening Tours were born.

The Dallas Team visited six schools across the district, prioritizing schools with majority at-risk populations to hear from the families they sought to impact. It quickly became clear that the district needed to rebuild trust between communities and schools and to do this, the schools were going to need help. The Team selected the first cohort of schools after analyzing school population and community need and they took it slow, building out pilots appropriate to school need and garnering buy-in from administrators.

The Dallas Team is building something they hope will last. As Stacey Vanhoy, Executive Director of Dallas Stand for Children observes, “It’s on us to make sure we don’t ask schools to do anything that we aren’t supporting them in doing. When there are issues or questions or challenges, we bring in the supports to make sure it works. It may be slow for a couple of years…but we don’t need instant growth. We need to be planting seeds.”

In Their Own Words

“Family engagement is not a one person job. It truly takes a community, a culture, a group of people that really can actually change the direction of where our family engagement is going. Flamboyan truly helped us craft that family engagement vision.”

Yesenia Cardozo Ramirez
Director of Family & Community Engagement, Dallas ISD

Dallas Strategic Plan

Outcomes + Strategies

  • Dallas Team provides coaching to school-based Family Engagement Leadership Teams (FELTs) on the infrastructure for home visiting
  • FELTs build the infrastructure to support home visits in the pilot schools
  • Dallas Team provides coaching to FELTs around communication strategies
  • FELTs provide specific strategies for teachers to engage in ongoing communication with families
  • Teachers attend professional developed on Home Visits and conduct Home Visits throughout the 2019-2020 School Year
  • Teachers attend professional development on and implement ongoing communication strategies throughout the 2019-2020 School Year
  • Dallas Team provides coaching and professional development to the Family Engagement Leadership Teams (FELTs) to prepare them to lead reflective conversations with teachers around trust and positive beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets about families
  • FELTs provide a family listening guide to support listening tours and provide teachers with coaching
  • FELTs build the infrastructure to support family listening tours
  • FELTs lead reflective conversations with teachers to analyze the results of listening tours
  • Teachers conduct listening tours with their students’ families
  • Dallas Team provides coaching and professional development to the Family Engagement Leadership Teams (FELTs) to prepare them to lead reflective conversations with teachers around trust and positive beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets about families
  • FELTs attend professional development and receive coaching from the Dallas Team to prepare them to support teachers around mindsets, attitudes, and beliefs about families
  •  FELTs provide professional development and coaching to teachers around trust and beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets about families
  • FELTs lead reflective conversations with teachers around beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets about families
  • Teachers attend professional development around trust and beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets about families
  • Teachers engage in reflective conversations with their colleagues about beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets about families

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The Dallas’ Team vision is that in three years, Family Engagement Partner schools will function as community hubs – encompassing all shared services a family needs to be successful.

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