In this session attendees will learn not only what a Family Community Resource Center is but its expansion of a Community School and how the centers commit, connect, and renew opportunities for students, families, and the community as a whole. The presentation is interactive giving attendees opportunity to learn, participate, reflect, and begin to plan their own implementation. The presenters will guide attendees through misconceptions of a Community School, resources and support beyond just a checklist for kids and families, the 4 pillars of FCRCs, how funding, resources, and the overall application of how the program works. Additionally, for community partners, how to recruit and gain support, advocacy, fundraising, and the overall shift of perception to support the most vulnerable in our community will be addressed. Attendees will be lead through not just a "band-aide" approach for at-risk students and families but with a true partnership.
Heidi Rahn has worked in education since 2001. She has worked as both a classroom teacher, principal and developmental/behavioral therapist servicing low income students and families. In 2015 she moved to Boise, Idaho where she has been the Federal Program Director for Nampa School District since 2015. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master's Educational Leadership.
Gisel has been with the district since 2016. As a migrant family liaison, she works to identify and recruit children with a mobile agricultural background. She provides advocacy and resources to children and their families by collaborating with community agencies and district educators. Relevant focus areas have included paraprofessional work with ELL kids in PreK through High School, facilitating Active Parenting and Families In Action classes, and being part of the Idaho Association of Bilingual Education board.