Ensuring families and communities are better connected with their local school is a priority for Renton School District. It’s important for many reasons, and for many people throughout the district. As he prepared to step into the role of Superintendent this school year, Dr. Damien Pattenaude heard from many parents, students, staff, and community members who said better communication between school and families, and more opportunities for family and community engagement, were needed. Responding to that need, Dr. Pattenaude immediately included improved family and community engagement as part of the district’s core values of Service, Excellence, and Equity.
One of the ways the district is working to meet those needs is through the Family And Community Engagement (FACE) initiative. The work includes listening to parents, community members, students, and school staff to better understand their definitions and desires for what it means to be connected and engaged with schools. A workgroup of these stakeholders has begun to meet to review research that supports the impact of family engagement on student achievement; developing a common language and hallmarks of quality family engagement to frame their work; and to identify shared themes and principles to assist with setting goals.
“Through our district FACE initiative, we will open opportunities to examine our beliefs about what engagement means and how best to involve families and communities in their schools,” said Linda Hoste, the district’s Director of Categorical Programs.
For more information about Renton Schools FACE initiative, contact Linda Hoste, Linda.Hoste@rentonschools.us, 425.204.2420.