On May 25, 2021, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the Acceleration Roadmap: Pathway to an Equitable Recovery.
In these documents, the department highlights three priorities for the 2021-22 school year:
- fostering a sense of belonging for students and families,
- monitoring student understanding,
- and ensuring access to grade-level content.
At MASFEC, we are excited to see that the first priority includes family engagement:
Priority 1: Foster a sense of belonging and partnership among students and families
This past year has shown us how powerful it is when we leverage entire communities to ensure that every child has the support they need. As school systems plan for the next school year, it’s essential to engage students, families, and a wide range of community organizations as full partners. Students’ sense of belonging is a critical — and often undervalued — condition for academic success. Students who feel a sense of belonging “feel socially connected, supported, and respected”. They trust their teachers and their peers, and they “feel a sense of fit at school.” In order to engage with students and their families as authentic partners, we must approach engagement with a focus on equity. This means a) establishing meaningful engagement activities and systems that do not characterize or treat specific parent groups as deficient in their level of engagement or approach to education and b) acknowledging and navigating cultural differences through communication, humility, and sensitivity.
Below, you will find the road maps for leaders and for classroom teachers.Download here Acceleration Roadmap: Pathway to an Equitable Recovery Leader Edition
Download here Acceleration Roadmap: Pathway to an Equitable Recovery Educator Edition