On June 28, 2012, the Brandywine School District conducted its first annual District and Parent Leadership Symposium on Family Engagement. More than 40 participants took part, including principals, assistant principals, deans of students, parent leaders representing local PTA units in the District, parent booster club representatives, improvement plan committee members, and an array of family liaisons from the District’s Title 1 buildings. The morning started with guest speakers Meedra Surratte and Mindy Cox from the Parent Information Center of Delaware, and then participants broke into five discussion groups along elementary and secondary divisions.
The data from the District’s year-end family survey was informative and encouraging. The District collected more than 1,630 responses from our families – a 290% increase over the previous year. By reviewing the survey results, current consensus data, and more than 460 family comments, each team began to pinpoint key areas of focus for the coming school year.
“This is just the start to ongoing discussions around family engagement and specific activities in each of our school buildings in order to assist the many multicultural and multigenerational aspects of today’s families,” Ashley Dalzell-Gray, the District’s Race-to-the-Top Family and Community Liaison referenced. “We’ll continue to share our survey results across the district and our community during the summer months and well into the fall, when our families and students return. Supporting student academics must include a partnership with all of our families.”
Look for additional information on the survey results on the District website later this summer.