F.A.C.E., Family and Community Engagement, is a school/community team made up of school administration, teachers, parents, community members, and representatives from some of our community partnerships, including St. John's Lutheran Church, Westside Christian Church, and Horace Mann. The team is charged with facilitating the skills and resources of the school, families, and community organizations for the betterment of Harvard Park students.
Our team goal this year is to increase reading achievement for 55 targeted students, including an increase in the amount of reading each week as well as reading ability. This aligns with the district promising practice of increasing the amount of reading across the district.
Currently, Harvard Park is developing a reading mentorship program that will bring in parents and community members for one hour each week to read with targeted students. We have partnerships with five area churches and are currently in the process of recruiting volunteers both by word of mouth and by presentations to the various congregations. A training will be provided in December that will give mentors examples of how to facilitate reading activities during the hour long mentor process. In January, students and their parents will meet with the mentors at an evening share time.
We will measure the success of the FACE team initiative in various ways. First of all, each student/mentor team will keep a reading log to monitor the amount of time they are reading each week as well as the various types of reading materials that they read through. In addition, End of Year DIBELS data will be used to measure progress in reading fluency. Finally, ISAT data will be reviewed in the fall for current 3-5 students.
FACE Team Chair