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Board Briefs - Feb. 25, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (the full agenda packet can be found here).

Board hears update on family and community engagement

Staff provided the board with an update on the district’s family and community engagement (FACE) department’s efforts. The goals of the department's efforts include infusing family engagement strategies into district initiatives, helping families navigating the district and advocate for their children and building the capacity of staff and parents around community partnership strategies.

Research shows that when schools work with families to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school but throughout life. The FACE team works closely with parents and staff to help bridge the gap between learning at school and learning at home. To aid in this effort, the team holds parent engagement conferences, supports Academic Parent Teacher Teams at five school sites and hosts listening sessions.

In addition, the team consists of part-time liaisons that support 26 school sites, as well as four full-time parent family support ambassadors. 

Another aspect of the team’s efforts including developing and growing community partnerships. One key partnership has been with UC Davis and the Snap the Gap program, which now serves more than 1,100 female students in the district with the goal of providing them opportunities to learn about STEM fields through hands-on projects. 

Check out a video about the family support ambassadors and the role they play in our schools:

In other news...

  • The board adopted a resolution recognizing the month of March as Arts Education Month.
  • Students from El Camino Fundamental and Encina Preparatory high schools provided the board with high school reports. 

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10 in the district office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.