What is Family Friendly School Certification?The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department offers all HISD campuses the opportunity to opt-in to become certified as “Family Friendly School.” This research-based process will assist schools in building and improving relationships with their families and communities. Via analysis of the school environment, faculty and staff training, and coaching, schools learn to effectively collaborate with their communities to create a partnership culture that supports students’ academic success.
How will the Family Friendly School Certification benefit my campus?
Research indicates that when parents feel welcomed and appreciated at school, they tend to influence their children’s academics outcomes positively. “Family Friendly Schools” tend to have better academic results, fewer discipline issues, and better attendance rates. Becoming certified as a Family Friendly School can also benefit effectiveness and morale on your campus (Mapp et. al. 2007).
What does the Family Friendly School Certification cover?
The Family Friendly School Certification covers the following areas of need:1. Building Relationships with Families and Community.
2. Linking Family Events to Learning.3. Supporting Parent Advocacy.4. Honoring Families and their Diversity.Click here to download the Family Friendly Schools Certification TasksHow does the certification work?
Schools, with collaboration and assistance from FACE, will choose to complete any number of 33 tasks across the three areas of need. Every completed task will award the school a star. The number of stars awarded to a school identifies the campus’ level of family-friendliness and corresponding recognition:Family-Friendly Bronze: 10 starsBronze recognition and plaqueFamily-Friendly Gold BannerDigital seal upon requestRecognition and highlight in HISD communication channelsFamily-Friendly Silver: 15 starsSilver recognition and plaqueFamily-Friendly Gold BannerDigital seal upon requestRecognition and highlight in HISD communication channelsFamily-Friendly Gold: 20 starsPlatinum recognition and plaqueFamily-Friendly Gold BannerDigital seal upon requestDistrictwide recognition and highlight in HISD communication channelsFamily-Friendly Platinum: 25 starsPlatinum recognition and plaqueFamily-Friendly Gold BannerDigital seal upon requestDistrictwide recognition and highlight in HISD communication channelsHow can my school participate?
Enrolling in the Family Friendly School Certification it's easy - just complete the following three steps!2. Meet with a FACE specialist to confirm your enrollment.3. Commit to completing the established number of activities, including the foundational activities facilitated by a FACE Specialist.Sign up for the Family Friendly School Program for the 2019-2020 school year
Click here to sign up for the Family Friendly School Certification Program.