2018-19 FYCE COMP
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Purpose and Work Streams 2018-19
The Family, Youth & Community Partnerships Department serves a dual role. We support schools with guidance, professional development, tools and resources to promote partnership with families, youth and community members / organizations, especially with a commitment to equity. We also work directly with families, youth and community members/organizations to support their development, advocacy and to elevate the perspectives that help our schools and District change the structures, policies, practices and attitudes that result in racialized outcomes. One of our key initiatives is Community Schools.Department Manager
Nichelle Nichols
Data Point Person
Hannah Nerenhausen
Major Work Streams
Support for Families: Superintendent's Parent AdvisoryWork with the Superintendent to create a conducive enviornment for parent representatives across our District to attend and share their perspectives on issues that are important to them. The group also provides feedback on District initiatives. Monthly from October - May each year Nichelle Nichols
Support for Families: Engaging with families in their own settingsWe work with families in various settings in partnership with neighborhood centers and/or schools or community-based locations. Support provided may be informational in nature or to work along side the parents and/or facilitators of the groups to address the issues that are most important to them. Cesar Sanchez
Support for Families: Parent Liaisons provide a "bridge" to school and honor family assetsSix (6) Parent Liaisons funded by our department work to build partnerships with families to promote trusting and culturally responsive relationships. Parent Liaisons in these schools may organize and attend famiy events, conduct home visits, participate in parent meetings and work with staff to bring parent voice into school-level decisons. Schools across the District may also create Parent Liaisons positions. Our department provides support and common learning for Parent Liaisons. School-based Parent Liaisons
Support for Schools: Focus on National African American Parent Involvement Day Read Your Heart Out is the annual celebration of National African American Parent Involvement Day using African American books, culturally responsive practices and promoting African American community leaders and volunteers in schools as readers and speakers during the month of February. Our department provides guidance, professional development and resources to schools to implement Read Your Heart Out and we work with the Communications Department to promote Read Your Heart Out in the community. We consult with the Wisconsin Rti Center.Emily Peterson
Support for Schools: Strengthening family participation and decison making at schools. Through the structure of FACE Action Teams we meet with the school designated employees who take on the role of leading Family & Community Engagement. They are called FACE Liaisons. In collaboration with FACE Liaisons we determine how family participation is going at the school; how family enagement goals and strategies are being executed in the School Improvement Plan and how are families invited to participate in decision-making. We provide resources and tools as needed. We also bring the FACE Liaisons together in a professional learning community semesterly to promote networking and exchange of information. All FYCE Coordinators
Support for Schools: Improving family and youth engagement in parent/teacher conferences with an emphasis on parents playing a crucial role in supporting their children as learnersWith a focus on selected elementary schools and 9th grade students enrolled in Pathways, we provide support and resources to schools around three interactive parent/teacher conference models called Madison Parent Teacher Teams, Academic Success Nights and Student Led Conferences. At the elementary level, the models focus on grade-level learning objectives, home activities and families networking with each other. At 9th grade, the focus is on students leading the conference and showing the connection between school and their future goals.
Emily Peterson (Elementary)
Nichelle Nichols (9th grade)
Collaboration with Community: Madison Metropitan Links, Inc. We collaborate with the Madison Metro chapter of the Links, Inc. to enroll African American middle school girls in a one-day leadership conference called Yes I Can! and to promote their annual African American Student Recogntion event each May. We assist with transportation and other administrative services to ensure successful events. Janice Chestnut
Collaboration with Community: 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. We collaborate with 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. to support Project SOAR and other key initiatives focused on supporting students of color with character development, mentoring and academic support from members of 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. and other volunteers they may recruit.Nichelle Nichols
Collaboration with Community: Support various mentoring organizations working with students in schoolsWe develop Memorandum of Agreements with partner organizations that provide mentoring to students across our District. We provide guidance and correspondence to ensure partnerships are in good standing and have impact on needs at school level. We priortize our focus on mentoring partnerships that seek to impact African American students and other students of color. Hannah Nerenhausen
Support for Youth: Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Student ProjectThe Disrict sends students from each of the comprehensive high schools to the MSAN Youth Conference each fall to develop their leadership. Each school team will execute on an action plan that is supported and nurtured at each of their schools. We support this work through designated adult advisors at each school called Multicultural Services Coordinators (MSCs). The MSCs report to our department and share with us how youth voice and the student project can bring about more equitable outcomes for the District.School-based Multicultural Services Coordinators
Support for Youth: Scholarship opportunities and College field tripsThrough the support of adult advisors called Multicultural Services Coordinators (MSCs) at each comprehensive high school, we coordinate opportunities for students of Color to be recognized for outstanding academic achievement, scholarship opportunities and exposure to colleges within the UW System. In addition we support an annual Historical Black College and University tour for students who actively participate in Black Student Unions. MSCs report to our department.School-based Multicultural Services Coordinators
Support for Youth: Superintendent's Student AdvisoryRecruit a diverse groups of students who are willing to share their leadership with the Superintendent. Create a conducive environment for youth to articulate issues that are important to them and to hold adults accountable for the supports they would like to see. Hannah Nerenhausen
Support for Schools: Support Community Schools Resource Coordinators and Parent Liaisons Ensure that Community Schools Resource Coordinators and Parent Liaisons at designated Community Schools are supported to partner with families and community partners to bring about the needed changes and supports that are desired by families. Aronn Peterson
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