Welcome to the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Department. We believe that learning starts at home and continues at school. You'll notice that we use the term "family engagement" in San Juan Unified. Family engagement is defined as the "collaboration between families and educators that accelerates student learning" by the Flamboyan Foundation. As a parent, step-parent, grandparent or caregiver, the hopes, dreams and high expectations you set for your child make a tremendous difference in their academic achievement.
Research shows that when parents or guardians give
teachers permission to hold their child to high expectations, students make more
progress academically, have better school attendance and behave better at school. As your
child grows, we want them to become knowledgeable about how they learn best, develop their own dreams for their education, and develop a lifelong love of
We follow the US Department of Education's Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships
based on the research of Dr. Karen Mapp from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This framework honors and recognizes the strengths of each family to support their child's academic progress and of educators to connect and collaborate with families in support of student's academic achievement and social-emotional development. Families play a critical role as supporters, encouragers, and decision makers of their child's education. They also have the right and responsibility to collaborate with their child's teacher(s), monitor their child's and school's achievement, and advocate for the needs of their child.
Five critical actions you can take today:
1. Meet your child's teacher(s) and share your high expectations for your child with them.
sure your child is in school every day, on time, well-rested and ready to
3. Register in Parent Portal/Q
and check your child's grades, attendance and
behavior each week.
4. Use Naviance
with your teenager to help them be successful in high school and college.
5. Limit TV, computer and cell phone time and encourage your child's curiosity and love of learning at home.
Our department assists with, or oversees, the following programs:
Please call us at (916) 971-7929 with any questions or suggestions about how we can better support you in your role as an educator in your home and how you can be an active partner in your child's school.
Click here to visit our Online Family Resource Center, where you can find resources to help you navigate the school system and work with your child toward success.