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    Community Engagement Task Force

    Seattle Public Schools and the SPS Board of Directors believe community engagement and two-way communication are essential to improving district decisions and outcomes for students. In support of this commitment, Superintendent Larry Nyland and the School Board have made improved and transparent community engagement a district goal for 2016-17.

    Community stakeholders are invited to participate on the SPS Community Engagement task force hosted by SPS School Board Director, Leslie Harris and Chief Engagement Officer, Carri Campbell.

    Task Force Primary Purpose

    Recommend revisions to the draft SPS Community Engagement Model and Tools:
    As a member of the Community Engagement taskforce, you will participate in the refinement of the SPS Community Engagement Model and tools.

    Develop recommended community engagement strategies:
    You will also be asked to support analysis of broad community engagement data and provide recommendations on engagement strategies and additional supports for SPS staff and other stakeholders. Co-creation of new tools may also be a deliverable of the taskforce.

    Provide input into SPS Staff Training:
    Working closely with the Communications Department you will provide input and guidance on training for a phased rollout of the Community Engagement Model beginning in Spring 2017.

    Represent our community and stakeholders:
    Finally, we will ask that you help share the Community Engagement model and work underway with your stakeholders, colleagues and friends, acting as both a conduit for additional feedback into the process and as an ambassador for the work.

    Training on the finalized model, tools and processes will be carried out by the SPS Communications Department.

    Timeline

    The Community Engagement Task force will meet monthly beginning in August 2016 through January 2017 for a total of six meetings. All meetings will be held from 6-8 PM.

    Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed to analyze community input, review operational issues, and finalize recommendations to the Superintendent and Seattle School Board.

    First meeting: August 16, 6-8 p.m.

    Remaining meetings: Members will vote at the August meeting to determine dates and times for remaining meetings

    Location: Meetings will be hosted at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE), 2445 3rd Ave S, Auditorium.

    Membership

    Our goal is for the task force to include staff, family, and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight, expertise and perspective on ways to improve community engagement in Seattle Public Schools. Members should bring an open mind, a passion for student learning, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the task force process.

    Translation and/or interpretation, if required, will be provided. Please let Public Affairs know if you will need these services at publicaffairs@seattleschools.org.

    To apply, complete the online Community Engagement Family/Community Task Force application.

    Deadline for submitting the application is August 12, 2016.

    Questions or requested supports should also be emailed to publicaffairs@seattleschools.org

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