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    Facilitating Family Engagement through Capacity Building 

    As a capacity building department, we support the district, schools, and community organizations to effectively build strong family partnerships and advocacy to improve student success and school culture through coaching, consulting, and professional development

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    Throughout the year, we actively plan for and invite school leaders, district staff, community leaders and families to participate in the Family Engagement Institute and the Family Engagement Symposium among other institutes and learning spaces to share relevant information, best practices, and creative solutions.    

    Engaging Families in High School Success (EFIHS)

    “Family engagement is a pathway to eliminating gaps ...” 

    In working towards eliminating opportunity gaps and increase graduation rates, our department has a program working specifically to help students successfully transition from middle to high school and engage with their families to support them to have a strong 9th grade academic year.

    EFIHS is a collaborative initiative of Seattle Public Schools and Johns Hopkins University (JHU), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It focuses on the impact of 8th and 9th grade family engagement on increased student attendance and course passing rates – important predictors of on-time student graduation and college enrollment.

    Read more about how we are Engaging Families in High School Success

    Family Connectors University

    “Families are the first and lifelong teachers of students ...”

    Family Connectors University is a 10-week series of classes for adults to inform families about: 

    • How to navigate the school system
    • How to create a higher education culture at home 
    • How to support a child’s academic success

    Adults can earn two (2) college credits through North Seattle College and explore topics in Navigating the School System, Understanding & Interpreting Data, College & Career Readiness and more. Quarterly courses are in collaboration with local schools.

    Check out dates and location for offered classes on our Family Connectors University web page.   

    Family Engagement Teams   

    Family Engagement Teams or sometimes Family Engagement Action Teams (FEAT) are composed of families, principals, vice principals, teachers, support staff, and community members. Seattle Public Schools understands that School Family Partnerships are vital for student academic achievement and successful School-Family Partnerships model requires a deep understanding of each school's unique needs, knowledge of national best practices, intentional planning, and a district-wide commitment to change. 

    Learn more about our teams and participating schools on our FEAT webpage.