Committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors and communities.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

To Involve or to Engage, that is the question?

Through our work with local schools, the terms involvement and engagement are heard quite often. While they may be similar in meaning there is a strong distinction between the two that must be clearly defined if we are to be most effective when interacting with parents. To best show the distinction between these terms I want to refer to the words of Educator, and Author Larry Ferazzo. “When schools involve parents they are leading with their institutional self-interest and desires When schools engage parents they are leading with the parents’ self-interests (their wants and dreams) in an effort to develop a genuine partnership. When we’re involving parents, the parent is generally directed towards completing tasks selected by the school staff — or the parent may be a client who receives services and information. When we’re engaging parents, the parent is considered a leader or a potential leader who is integral to identifying a vision and goals. He/she encourages others to contribute their own vision to that big picture and helps perform the tasks that need to be achieved in order to reach those goals.”

While both involvement and engagement are beneficial and needed at the school level, too often do we sacrifice the impact of engagement for the easiness of involvement? Recognizing the need for stronger family engagement at our local schools, the Grassroots community organizing team has recently started work with staff at Alta Vista Elementary to train teachers on best approaches to conduct high impact family engagement strategies on their campus.
Content covered during the training included; Reasons for Family Engagement, 4 Core Beliefs that school’s should possess when engaging with families, the roles of parents at the school and how they can support their children’s learning through setting high expectations for their child and serving as advocates. These topics, along with several others, were derived from resources such as the Flamboyan Foundation, a leading organization focused on addressing inequities within education and the book “Beyond the Bake Sale” which highlights strategies for achieving effective family engagement

Going forward Alta Vista teachers, are ready to implement what they have learned and team up with parents to form a core group to develop family engagement strategies that they can begin to implement campus-wide during the 2019-2020 school year. Several strategies are being considered going forward including; how to create a welcoming environment for all visitors to the school, and activities that help parents and community members gain a better understanding of the learning that is happening within the classroom.

It is our belief that through this approach, we will not only see stronger family engagement, but we will also see stronger partnerships between teachers, parents, and the community making for a more successful school.

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A fun time with good food!

We had a wonderful turnout for the April PACTT meeting at Brook Avenue Elementary Thank you to Waco Family Medicine staff who came and shared how to sign up for telehealth and how parents can access their services. We are grateful for the access WFM provides in the Waco community. Another big thank you to Nurse Stacey from Alta Vista Elementary School who took some time to share with families what the role of the nurse is on campus and how parents can take advantage of their great care. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and care with us Nurse Stacey. We are grateful to Pastor Fu & Son BBQ -Relief Kitchen and their delicious new brisket burger recipe that they cooked for us. Their purpose is to serve families affected by natural disasters and we are grateful for the work they do across the country. Lastly, we want to thank all of the wonderful families who joined us that day. We are grateful for their presence and participation throughout the evening.

We invite all Brook Avenue families to the final PACTT meeting in the cafeteria on May 16th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. We will celebrate the year and make some fun family summer plans. There will be games and a raffle for some gift cards; you do not want to miss it! On May 16th, we will also enjoy a delicious meal provided by Greater Christian Tabernacle Church - Waco. For more information or to register, please reach out to Sarai at sarai@grassrootswaco.org or Mrs. Michael at holly.michael@wacoisd.org.

¡Un rato divertido con comida rica!
¡Tuvimos una participación maravillosa en la reunión de PACTT de abril en Brook Avenue Elementary! Gracias al personal de Waco Familty Medicine que vino y compartió cómo inscribirse en la salud via telecomunicación y cómo los padres pueden acceder a sus servicios. Estamos agradecidos por el acceso que WFM brinda en la comunidad de Waco. Otro gran agradecimiento a la enfermera Stacey de Alta Vista Elementary que se tomó un tiempo para compartir con las familias cuál es el papel de la enfermera en el campus y cómo los padres pueden aprovechar su gran atención. Gracias por compartir su conocimiento y cuidado con nosotros, enfermera Stacey. Estamos agradecidos con Pastor Fu & Son BBQ - Relief Kitchen y su nueva y deliciosa receta de hamburguesa de brisket para nosotros. Su propósito es servir a las familias afectadas por desastres naturales y estamos agradecidos por el trabajo que realizan en todo el país.
Por último, queremos agradecer a todas las maravillosas familias que nos acompañaron ese día. Agradecemos su presencia y participación durante todas la presentaciones.

Invitamos a todas las familias de Brook Avenue a la reunión final de PACTT en la cafetería el 16 de mayo de 5 a 6:30 p.m. Celebraremos el año y haremos algunos planes divertidos de verano en familia. Habrá juegos y una rifa de algunas tarjetas de regalo; ¡No querrás perdértelo! El 16 de mayo, también disfrutaremos de una deliciosa comida proporcionada por la Iglesia Greater Christian Tabernacle Church - Waco. Para obtener más información o para registrarse, comuníquese con Sarai en sarai@grassrootswaco.org o con Mrs. Michael en holly.michael@wacoisd.org