Advocacy and Outreach
- School Accountability as a Tool for Parent Leaders
- Families In Schools (FIS) has been an active member on the LAUSD School Report Card design committee since the idea first began to sprout in 2006. In addition, Families In Schools developed, and is delivering, a parent learning program that teaches parents how to leverage the LAUSD School Report Card for three purposes: 1) to develop more clarity about their child’s academic status, 2) to compare schools, and 3) to help parent leaders be more effective on a their school council.
Click HERE to View Sample School Report Card.
Click HERE to view School Reports Card Training Program.
- All Students College and Career Ready
- Over the years, Families In Schools has supported initiatives that prepare students for college and beyond, including a campaign around LAUSD Board of Education’s Resolution to Create Educational Equity in Los Angeles Through the Implementation of the A-G Course Sequence as Part of the High School Graduation Requirement. In collaboration with the Communities for Educational Equity this important resolution passed, taking away the two-tiered graduation system in LAUSD and, implementing an A-G requirement course load for all graduating high school students beginning with the class of 2012.
Click HERE to View A-G Resolution Passed Document.
- Teacher Effectiveness
- Families In Schools believes teachers, in partnership with parents, are the key to student success. As a results, Families In Schools advocates for resources to support teachers in various ways. Currently, Families In Schools is actively involved in the teacher residential programs at Univertisy of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles and is an active member of the LAUSD Educator Effectiveness Initiative. Families In Schools is committed to supporting districts as they develop assessment and coaching tools that incorporate the need for knowledge and skills around engaging parents.
- Closing the Digital Divide
- In partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), Families In Schools is invested in closing the digital divide as a strategy for supporting families and students in low-income communities where there is a lack of access to the internet and technological resources. Families In Schools is helping close the digital divide through the development and implementation of the School2Home Middle School one-to-one computer program.
Click HERE to View Full Program Description.
Special LAUSD Outreach Initiatives:
NCLB-Suplemental Educational Services (SES)
- Families and their children need to be informed of the resources available to them if they are to access a quality education for their children. The LAUSD-NCLB-Supplemental Educational Services (SES) initiative benefits families, with free tutoring, whose children receive a free or reduced lunch and belong to a Program Improvement (PI) School in year 2 or beyond. Since 2006, FIS has worked in partnership with LAUSD-Beyond the Bell Branch developing and implementing an effective outreach campaign. Key components of the campaigninclude organizing and facilitating SES Information Sessions in hundreds of schools sites across LAUSD, serving thousands of parents with a Families In Schools Information Line (866) 747-2275.
NCLB-Public School Choice (PSC)
- Every year, more than 422,000 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students attending low-performing/ Program Improvement (PI) schools are eligible to receive quality instruction at non-PI schools through a relatively unknown federal program called No Child Left Behind – Public School Choice (NCLB-PSC). In the 2010-11 school year, Families In Schools partnered with LAUSD to spread the word about NCLB-PSC. Families In Schools developed an outreach campaign which included a new strategic message, new collateral material, an advertising and public relations campaign, partnerships with other community organizations, and the Families In Schools Information Line (866) 747-2275.
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