Schools across the state, and the country, are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this adversity, our West Virginia Family Engagement Center schools are demonstrating the power of the pivot by implementing innovative approaches to family engagement through the 20-21 academic school year. Learn from our four Family Engagement Specialists below as they uplift exemplars in family engagement within our Cohort 2 schools.
November 18 – John Marshall High School held a Virtual Open House for Monarch students and families. Since students have been either blended or remote learning for most of the school year, staff knew it was important to provide a way for families to not only talk with teachers and staff, but also to learn more about the school. Information about the Open House was distributed through various channels including print flyers, social media, and the student run broadcasting services WJMH Media with the hope that all families would be made aware of this opportunity. Teachers and staff used various platforms to schedule meeting times with families, including Microsoft Bookings & Insights. Available meeting times included afternoon and evening times to accommodate various schedules. Platforms such as email, Livegrades and Zoom were offered as meeting “locations” to give families the opportunity to use the platform they found most comfortable.
During the same day, staff participated in a virtual professional development session entitled, “State, Story and Strategy” delivered by Dr. Jim Harris to further support for and engagement of students and families.
WVSDB first determined how many families needed assistance communicating remotely. This was done by directly communicating with families and learning of their needs. These families were provided with U.S. cellular “MiFi” hotspots, as we determined that no other carrier offered cellular service where needed. Setup and troubleshooting documentation was created and provided to all families and staff. One-on-one help was provided as needed. Many families are now communicating with teachers daily, and students are active within their remote learning classrooms.
Each student’s PBIS badge has an individualized QR code on it and teachers, administration, and staff are able to scan it at various times throughout the school day on any topic area, such as behavior, academics, etc. A report is immediately sent to the families with feedback (this school prefers to focus on positive feedback, but does provide opportunities for improvement if needed). Jefferson Elementary is the only school in the state to have reached Level 2 of the PBIS program, and the WVFEC program will help to support and sustain the PBIS programming in order to continue to support academic achievement and improvement, as well as family engagement throughout the process.
The EdVenture Group, Inc. excitedly announces Kenneth Gray as the newest member of the Board of Directors.
The EdVenture Group, Inc., through generous funding from West Virginia American Water, expanded its’ STEM Days program to middle school students in Summers County, West Virginia.
On November 11-12, The EdVenture Group participated in the 2021 National Forum to Advance Rural Education hosted by National Rural Education Association in partnership with the Rural Schools Collaborative.