Engaging Families and Rebuilding Trust: The Power of Site-based Governance Bodies

Sunday February 11, 2018
9:30 - 11:00 AM
Room 119

Imagine if all schools were required to have a group of families, staff, and community members make decisions about the school. Think about how the school-family dynamic would change: with all voices and viewpoints at the table, the group would be a well-informed, site-specific, and innovative vehicle for school transformation. The School District of Philadelphia recently did just this: School Advisory Councils (SACs) are now mandatory in all schools. This workshop will illustrate how site-based governance bodies like SACs can restore trust between schools and families. Participants will learn about the process of implementing SACs, including the challenges of obtaining buy-in from staff and families alike, communication strategies that promote shared decision-making, and successes from the field that demonstrate the transformative power of site-based governance bodies. Participants will come away with an understanding of how to implement site-based governance bodies in their schools.

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