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Have you or your colleagues grappled with the most effective ways to engage parents in the education of their students? Do you feel like your strategies have little impact? The primary goal of Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) is to involve families in the process of helping their student’s access higher education. This workshop will outline FUEL’s program model, explain the strategies used to engage families, and guide workshop participants through the process of determining how to most effectively reach families in their own communities. Through revealing the successes and challenges of implementing this program at nine schools and community organizations, workshop participants will leave this session with a set of steps to implement in their own contexts to encourage and incentivize family engagement.



2. Image taken from: 3. Present workshop objectives Warm-up to get us going! Overview of FUEL and our Program Model Building a Family Engagement Program Implementing lessons into your own contextPartner Consultation & Sharing Best PracticesConclusions & Feedback 4. 1.) Share the key components of the FUELProgram2.) Identify effective and ineffective engagementstrategies learned through the implementationof FUEL3.) Identify and plan to apply transferable familyengagement techniques to programs at yourown sites 5. If implementing aNEW programIf improving anexisting program If wondering if there is just an easier way to do this family engagement stuff 6. Share the key components of the FUELProgram 7. FUEL believes that higher education is attainable for all, regardless of income, and that family is crucial to students educational achievement. Working with community partners, FUEL provides knowledge, resources,connections, and financial incentives that empower parents to propel their children into higher education. 8. students with involved parents, regardless of their family income or background, are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher level classes, attend school and pass their classes, develop better social skills, graduate from high school, attend college, and find productive work. The opposite is true for students whose parents are less engagedBalfanz, Robert, Bridgeland, John M., Moore, Laura A., Fox, Joanna Hornig. Building a Grad Nation: Progressand Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic. Johns Hopkins University, Americas PromiseAlliance. November 2010. p. 52the key to furthering students academic success isto provide information to increase familiesknowledge of the college-going process. Stoutland, Sara E., How Students are Making it: Perspectives on Getting through College from Recent Graduates of the Boston Public Schools, The Boston Foundation, June 2011. 9. FUELParentsCommunity Partner 10. Types of PartnershipCharterschools 16%After-school programs Public 48% schoolsystems36%66% of partners work with exclusively high school-aged students 11. 9 Sites in Boston, Lynn &Chelsea, MassachusettsMassachusetts Map Image taken from: 12. Our FamiliesFamily Demographics Household IncomeCaucasian Multi-Other3% Racial5% 3%Asian 7% More than $50,00025% $30,000 or under Hispanic 44%African- American54% $30,000 to 28%$50,000 31% 73% of FUEL parents report having earned less than a bachelors degree. 13. Open Savings Account andmake monthlydeposits toreceive match! EncourageAttend at least 6 childs Savings Circle participation inWorkshops perafter-school yearprogramASuccessfulFUELParent 14. Identify effective and ineffectiveengagement strategies learned through theimplementation of FUEL 15. Immigrant community 82% first language not English 89% of students on free/reduced lunch 55% high schoolImage taken from: graduation rate Partnered with: Chelsea Education FoundationChelsea Data taken from - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Massachusetts School and District Profiles, Chelsea High 2009-2010. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Massachusetts School and District Profiles, Chelsea High 2009-2010. Cohort 2010 GraduationRates. 16. In the beginning Model: High School-wide Start Date: January 2010 Enrolled: 70 families Staff: 1 part time staff person Program components: Savings Goal: $1500 with match Attendance Requirement: 6 meetings per year Workshop content/facilitation:Community-driven Workshop Location: variousChelsea meeting spaces 17. Alignment with mission/ Goal #1beliefsImprove SavingsCircle Workshop AttendanceGoal #2Improve Savings Rates 18. First morning Savings Circle Implementation of Alert Now call systemApril 2011 Closed at least 30 zero balance accountsMay 2011 First hot mealsAug. 2011 Full time staff member Implement FUEL Family Statement Regular meeting time: 2nd Thursday each monthSept. 2011 Raffles and scholarships to incentivize attendance Decrease of saving rate & update family contact info FUEL Compacts announcedNov. 2011 Implement FUEL Savings Circle curriculum Bilingual sessions start & consistent meeting locationDec. 2011 Winter Giveaway 19. 90%80% 8070% %73%60%Percentage of families on track50%40%30%20%10%0%11/1/2010-4/1/2011-11/1/2011-3/31/2011 (140 10/31/2011 (167 3/31/2012 (113familes) families)families)milies saving onPercentage of families 67%50% 73%saving on track kmilies attending on Percentage of families 44%23% 80%attending on trackack 20. Structures Consistent Meeting Location Two Meeting Time Options Consistent Meeting Times/Dates Use of 24 session curriculum (planned in advance) Consistent Facilitator Bilingual Facilitation Full Time Staff Member Hot meals for parents and family members 21. SystemsNon-Monetary Auto-call system with personalized message Monthly Newsletters Efforts to Outcomes Data Tracking Methods Development of Family Statement Sticking to the Contract Create opportunities to learn from familiesMonetary Attendance Incentives Good Standing Incentives FUEL Compacts Lower Saving Rates 22. Link student experiences toparent workshopsUse multiple communicationOffer morechannels to reachmeetings than familiesfamilies mustattendOffer brainstorming andcollaborative sessions tohighlight existing knowledge 23. Pair up with someone from a different organizationthan the one you are fromStep 1 Partner 1, present your preliminary planStep 2 Partner 2, ask clarifying questions What is clear? What remains unclear/undefined? Avoid comments at this point, questions only!Step 3 Partner 2, provide Partner 1 with ideas How can they implement new structures/systems to support their existing programming? If the program is new, is it aligned with mission and family engagement goals?Step 4 Open Discussion between partners Next Steps for Partner 1? 24. Image taken from:


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