• Engagement

    Everett Public Schools strives to include diverse voices, thoughts, suggestions and input in district decisions. We provide opportunities for families, community members, students and staff to express what works well and what might work better to create a positive social and academic climate in our schools. Below are some recent district-level engagements and results. Thank you for your participation.

  • October 18, 2021: Let's Connect run by region and in Spanish on belonging and inclusion. 

    • What helps your child feel a sense of belonging at their school?
    • What additional action could be taken at schools to help increase a sense of belonging?
    • How might schools build better relationships with students and families of all cultures, races, backgrounds and abilities

         Results: summary of common themes

         Action Items:

         What we are doing:

    • The district has added all major religions significant holidays to the recognition calendar to be more inclusive of holidays.
    • Every employee in the district spent 6 hours of professional development on October 15 focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion. The day included student and parent voice.
    • The new strategic plan contains several initiatives around community and family engagement and have specific action steps with accountability.

          What we will do:

    • We will look at School Improvement Plans and will ensure they include specific programs and activities to engage families in two-way partnerships.
    • At Instructional Reviews we will see that action plans include improving student-to-student healthy interactions.
    • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team has ESSER funds to improve the diversity of books in libraries.
    • We will finalize action plans in the strategic plans that pertain to family and community engagement as well as belonging and inclusion, and provide updates to the board and community on progress.

     

    September 20, 2021: Let's Connect run by region and in Spanish. 

    • What’s working with your student’s learning experience at this time?
    • What can we do to improve the learning experience?

         Results: summary of common themes

         Action Items:

         What we are doing:

    • Working to hire more bus drivers, which will allow us to add more routes and therefore make the buses less crowded
    • Setting standardized expectations for next year schedules to be released earlier
    • Continuing our emphasis on social-emotional learning for students and related professional development for staff.

          What we will do:

    • Create a sampling of options for parent volunteers outside the school buildings
    • Remind parents how to select their preferred method of communication so they will not get the same message in multiple formats unless they choose so
    • Communicate proactively with families the supports available at their school for student to remain engaged in learning if required to quarantine

     

    May 19 - 23: Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan

       Results: Community feedback indicated the plan needs more details and specifics and language more accessible to the general public. 

       Resulting action: We created a DRAFT narrative of the plan to make it more readable, while still staying with the OSPI parameters. 

     

    May 6-9, 2021: ThoughtExchange to gather thoughts about extra supports needed

    "What are some impactful strategies we can use to help your child prepare for learning in the next grade level?

        Results: Summary presentation, Top 20 Thoughts

     

    May 3, 2021: Let's Connect run by region and in Spanish. 

    • What’s working with your student’s learning experience at this time?
    • What can we do to improve the learning experience?
    • What school experiences would you like your student to have between now and the end of the school year?
    • In what ways can we better support students’ academic learning?
    • In what ways can we better support students’ social-emotional learning?

         Results: Summary of common themes

     

    April 28 - May 5, 2021: Fall 2021 Planning Survey

         Results: Fall survey summary, Fall survey results by school.

     

    March 2021: ThoughtExhange to gather thoughts about 2021 Commencement

         Results: Graduation presentation of results, Graduation top thoughts

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