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Engaged & Empowered Communities is a core element of
The Partnership's model to promote replicable, sustainable and scalable results.
Family and community engagement is essential to transforming low-performing schools and ensure sustainable student achievement.

Family and Community Engagement

University Day

University Day begins with a keynote speaker to welcome families, followed by a warm, hearty breakfast at a campus cafeteria. Parents and students then take part in a series of conference-style breakout sessions including a campus tour, a presentation by a university admissions officer and a panel discussion with current students at the university. These experiences provide Partnership students and families with personal exposure to the college experience and insights into the admissions process. The Partnership also offers childcare programming, boxed lunches and return transportation for the event. By enabling parents, students and younger children to attend University Day as a family, we strive to eliminate barriers that discourage attendance.

Parent College

Our signature offering to families, Parent College is an annual education and training program that has served more than 8,000 participants since its inception in 2010. Located in each of our focal communities, Parent College holds integrated training series throughout the school year that prepare parents to advocate for their children’s academic success, inspire college and career readiness, and foster the health of their schools and communities.

Family Action Teams

Our home office staff supports our schools to develop a vision and action plan for family engagement that fosters a strong parent-school relationship with transparent communication. The Partnership provides direct training to Community Representatives, the school employees responsible for on-campus Parent Centers, so that they can guide parents in meeting, planning and implementing activities that promote family involvement in student learning. Each Partnership school hosts a Family Action Team, a group made up of school leaders, teachers, parents and family members. We work with these teams and their Team Leads in particular to build their capacity to plan, execute and evaluate family engagement strategies and activities that further school-wide academic priorities.

Parent Advocacy

Our parent organizing work builds the voice of parents to advocate on behalf of their child and children across the district. Through parent advocacy, we are building a movement for more equitable policies locally and in the school district. We organize parents around the issues that matter most to them and policies that can be changed to promote equity for the highest-need schools in LA Unified.

Community Partners

Without collective action, The Partnership cannot achieve its mission. Collaboration is key to achieving success, and the support and resources provided to schools by partners is invaluable. We leverage the expertise of many local and national community-based organizations to best serve the individualized needs and performance goals of our schools and communities. The Partnership typically manages network-wide collaborations with key partners while acting as a resource for our schools with those relationships that they manage.

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