Family Engagement Advisory Council
Families and schools work as partners to ensure each student is prepared to lead and shape the future.
Families working directly with district and school leadership, bringing the family voice to district and school-level decision-making.
For the 2022-23 school year, the council is charged with developing, fostering, and sustaining a culture of family engagement across the district and in the schools by:
- Providing the superintendent and staff with strategies around effective family engagement practices and removing barriers to engagement.
- Providing input and feedback on strategic plan initiatives, school district policies, and department strategies and practices.
- Elevating two-way communication to strengthen support for learning at home and at school.
The council will be composed of up to 15 parents, guardians, and/or family members of a currently enrolled student in Everett Public Schools. To ensure the council reflects the diverse population of Everett Public Schools, we will recruit family members who represent those who have traditionally been less involved in schools, including diversity in:
- Sexual orientation
- Socio-economic status
- Type of family (single parent, foster care, kinship)
- Geographic locations
- Student programs (general education, special education, Multilingual Learner, highly capable/AP, alternative, homeless/KIT, etc.)
- School level (at least one representative from each school level, preschool, elementary, middle and high)
FEAC Member Qualifications
Must be a parent, family member or guardian of a currently enrolled student in Everett Public Schools.
FEAC Member Expectations
Value and respect the diversity of Everett Public Schools.
Work cooperatively and respectfully with FEAC members.
Actively participate in FEAC tasks.
Length of Term
The term of membership is a minimum of two years. Members will serve from August 2022-July 2024.
Support and Structure
FEAC members are appointed by the superintendent. The superintendent shall designate a representative(s) to host and support FEAC meetings. District and school staff will also be identified to support and participate in the FEAC. FEAC members will be offered training in leadership, advocacy, parent engagement best practices, team-building and other topics identified by the group so that those who have typically not been involved in district and school-level committees will develop the skills to be effective team members and advocates.
Meetings will be held quarterly. Locations may rotate to schools across the district. Subcommittee meetings will be held in addition to quarterly meetings, as needed. A meal, childcare, and interpretation will be provided, as necessary to facilitate the full participation of all FEAC members.
FEAC Member Responsibilities and Commitment
FEAC members are expected to commit to attending an initial orientation/training and all FEAC meetings. (Exceptions will be made for urgent and unforeseen conflicts.) Additionally, FEAC members may also be asked to participate in special projects, ad hoc committees, focus groups, and meetings that further the work of the FEAC.
FEAC Meeting Topics for Consideration
- FEAC vision and mission development
- Community and culture-building topics and activities, creating a charter/norms
- Topics in family engagement practices, advocacy, and leadership
- Strategic plan initiatives
- Feedback on policies and procedures
Chris Fulford, Director of Categorical Programs