Strategies for Success: Engaging Families and Communities
So, how does Active Family and Community Engagement really work in the seven Community Schools in Buncombe County? Let's take a look at some impact strategies:
- Building Personal Relationships: Home visits, community walks, and class meetings help establish personal connections, mutual understanding, and trust with families.
- Sharing Data: UWABC works closely and securely with city and county schools, out-of-school providers, and volunteers using the Learning Circle data dashboard. This data dashboard allows us to work together to identify supports that are positively affecting students' learning, behavior, and attendance.
- Modeling Effective Teaching Practices: Families are empowered to support their children's learning by learning effective teaching practices they can use at home. In some schools, students also have access to mentors during school groups and after school groups.
- Listening and Adapting: Community Schools listen to families about their children's interests and challenges, tailoring instruction accordingly.
- Cultural Inclusivity: Lessons incorporate content from families' home cultures, promoting inclusivity and diversity.
- Aligned Goals: Engagement activities align with school improvement goals and goals of the families and community, creating a unified approach to education and community development.