Welcome to the Office of Family Engagement and Student Success
Rhonda Larson, Assistant Superintendent for Family Engagement and Student Success
Denise Daniels, Assistant Director of Equity, Outreach, and Engagement
Robin Pratt, Coordinator for Native American Education Programs
Tami Petrina, Executive Director of Student Special Services
Tana Casad, Administrative Assistant
Christine Clark-Gustafson, Administrative Assistant/Truancy Liaison
Goal two of our district strategic plan focuses on Community Engagement, reading "All staff in the Auburn School District are accountable for engaging its diverse community as partners to support and sustain a world-class education system."
Research is clear--families engaged in educational processes of their children create a positive impact with indicators in:
- Overall school attendance;
- Achieve higher grades, achievement test scores;
- Lower drop-out rates, higher rates of graduation;
- Students' sense of personal competence and efficacy for learning;
- Students' beliefs about the importance of education, and
- Students who go on to earn more advanced degrees than disengaged families.
Our office aspires to support connections between schools and families, creating conditions for promoting family engagement. Our strategies build on existing research suggesting that partnerships between home and school can only develop and thrive if both families and staff have the requisite collective capacity to engage in partnership.
Following are the objectives:
- Relationship-building: The school staff builds productive, personal relationships with parents of all students.
- Communication: Two-way information in many forms flows regularly between school staff and parents about students' academic achievement and individual needs.
- Decision-making: School staff encourages, supports and expects parents to be involved in school improvement decisions and to monitor and assist school improvement.
- Advocacy: For each student, the school staff identifies and supports a parent or other adult who can take personal responsibility for understanding and speaking for that child's learning needs.
- Learning Opportunities: The school staff ensures that families have multiple opportunities to understand how to support their children's learning.
- Community Partnerships: The school staff engages and partners with community members to plan and implement substantive work to improve student achievement.