Helping DC Schools build and Sustain REAL Family Engagement
For more than 10 years, Flamboyan has worked to transform the ways in which educators and families partner with one another to maximize student success.
The centerpiece of our DC school partnerships work is our Family Engagement Partnership, a five-year partnership with public schools across DC to support building a culture of REAL Family Engagement within their school. By partnering with and supporting schools along their journey toward making family engagement a living, breathing part of the school environment, educators and families build trusting relationships with one another. As equitable family engagement practices are fully infused within each partner school, family engagement gets REAL, and student success increases. To support these efforts, Flamboyan provides funding, training, coaching, and tools, while schools create a family engagement leadership team to develop and sustain practices that deepen relationships with families. Our goal for partner schools: In 5 years, schools will build a sustainable REAL Family Engagement strategy founded in strong, authentic partnership between school and community.
partner schools across DC public charter schools and DC Public Schools graduated from the Family Engagement Partnership
educators across DC have been trained in REAL Family Engagement since the inception of the Family Engagement Partnership in 2012
of families in partner schools agreed or strongly agreed that they feel welcome in their child’s school
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By participating in the partnership, it is our hope that teachers and school leaders will build lasting cultures that welcome, honor, and encourage families’ active involvement long after the partnership ends. We want schools to work collaboratively with families to make the school a better place for all children to learn and grow. Equity is at the center of the Family Engagement Partnership and all of our work at Flamboyan. We know that family engagement is a critical lever for student success, particularly in Black and Brown communities. Our work with schools encourages and supports staff to listen and respond to families while also helping them build the systems, structures, and operations needed to partner effectively with families.
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We support educators along their REAL Family Engagement journey by helping them see families as valuable partners. By placing emphasis on building trusting relationships through empathy and open communication, we push educators to explore their assumptions about families and students so that they can better serve them.
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We want families in Flamboyan’s partner schools to be valued and welcomed by the school so they feel confident partnering with their child’s teacher to support learning and growth. We want all families to have the information they need to play five essential roles in their children’s education, including communicating high expectations; monitoring performance; supporting learning at home; guiding their path; and advocating for their needs.
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Ultimately, we want students to excel in school. Every child who enters a Flamboyan Family Engagement Partner school should feel they belong in their school community and should know their family is welcomed. When students know families and educators are on the same team, their team, we know we are succeeding.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Lakisha Scarlett, Family Engagement Partnership Teacher
A child is most successful when the families, teachers, and community play active roles in the overall development of the child. We, as teachers, must always remember that families are our students’ very first teachers.