Families play a critical role in the education of their children. We believe engaging families and educators as true partners is an important opportunity for schools to boost student success.
Research demonstrates strong family, school, and community partnerships can be an important component of improving student outcomes.
That is why Raise Your Hand Texas has launched Raising Family Partnerships, a family engagement fellowship for public school principals and their leadership teams across the state.
This fellowship program seeks to redesign how families, schools, and communities collaborate with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes.
Throughout the process, participants will contribute to a public knowledge base of resources and research that can help build and scale a shared framework for authentic partnerships between educators and families.
The Raising Family Partnerships fellowship is bringing together school leaders from across Texas to evaluate and transform their family engagement plans based on best practices, their own experiences, and lessons learned from other participants.
The first cohort will consist of 20 campus teams that are eager to improve, willing to adapt, and ready to turn research into practice. The year-long fellowship kicks off in the summer of 2017 with an intensive all-expenses-paid design camp, where school leaders will apply design thinking approaches to customize cohesive family engagement strategies for their campuses.
Following the design camp, participants will remain connected through the Raise Your Hand Texas Raising Family Partnerships network, working together to implement and improve their plans. Fellows will continue their journey together, connecting monthly through online channels to collaborate and provide feedback on ways to strengthen partnerships on their campuses.
At Raise Your Hand Texas, we are committed to learning from promising practices and are excited to learn from the fellowship participants what strategies are most effective for different campuses. Principals and their leadership teams will extend their impact by sharing their experiences with other school leaders in their district. We recognize that every school and community is unique. Bringing together a diverse group of school and district leaders will reveal effective strategies and promising practices that will inform to educators across the state.
Fellows must participate in a family engagement design thinking camp to be eligible to participate in the year-long fellowship.
The 2017 fellowship will commence with an all-expenses-paid design thinking camp during summer 2017 and will end on June 1, 2018. Fellows will work with their campus team to implement and continuously improve their customized plan. They will complete the program after showcasing their final plan to other campuses in their district.
Fellows will also collaborate on the collective goal of creating a family engagement design thinking case study journal to be e-published in July 2018.
Those participating in the fellowship will receive: