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After Schools Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Community

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Transcript of After Schools Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Community

Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Community
Agenda
Presented by: Magda Rodriguez and Sue Covitz
Family Engagement Series: Session II
Introductions
Family Engagement Overview
What Makes a Welcoming Environment
Building Inclusive Communities
Q & A
Families First FE Capacity Building Model
Collaborative Assessment
Plan Development
Coaching
Professional Development
Parenting Workshop Series
Evaluations
Tier 1

Family Engagement Overview
Family Engagement is a
shared responsibility
of families, schools and communities for students learning and achievement;
it is continuous
from birth to young adulthood; and it occurs across
multiple settings
where children learn.
Beyond Random Acts: Family, Schools and Community Engagement and an Integral Part of Education Reform.
Heather Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Heidi Rosenberg.
Principles of Family Engagement
Link to Students' Success
See Families as Partners
Build Systemic FE Practices

PHYSICAL SPACE
Appropriate signage
Designated areas for families
Visible and accessible information about the organization
What is a Welcoming Environment
PERSONNEL
Personal Relationships with Families
Opportunities for Volunteering
Removing Economic Obstacles
Valuing diversity and inclusiveness
What Does Diversity Mean to You?
The term "diversity" is used broadly to refer to
many demographic variables
, including, but not limited to,
race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, education, geographic origin, and skill characteristics
.
America's diversity has given this country its unique strength, resilience and richness.

What Does Inclusion Mean to you?

The Society for Human Resource Management has defined inclusion as “the achievement of a work environment in which
all individuals
are
treated fairly
and
respectfully
,
have
equal access
to opportunities and resources, and can
contribute fully
to the organization’s success.
Barriers to Creating an Inclusive Environment
Bias
Assumptions
Generalizations
Goals for the Workshop
Address the importance of
implementing

practices

that create a welcoming environment and
incorporate
diversity and inclusiveness
Review
strategies
that can be easily incorporated into your program
Families First
Families First guides parents and caregivers to
engage

with their children in a new way, transforming their doubts and fears into
knowledge and resilience
allowing families to reach their
full potential.
Families First knows that parents are crucial to the overall success of their children.

Us Department of Interior
Foster Community Involvement
Families feel safe to express their ideas and concerns
Organization/staff is responsive to the families' concerns
Staff values family engagement, believes that all families have strengths, and acknowledges cultural differences

Families are informed about their child's progress and
any updates about the organization
Moving from Diversity to Inclusion
Families have leadership opportunities
The school community identifies and breaks down barriers to family engagement related to cultural differences
Full Scale Family Engagement
Choice of Collaborative Assessment, Plan Development, Coaching or Professional Development
Parenting Workshops Series
Evaluations
Tier 2
Enhanced Family Engagement
Parenting Workshop Series
Phone Support
Flyers
Surveys
Tier 3
Parenting Workshops
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