Community & Family Engagement
Growth will be evident through visible improvement in community and family engagement.
Centerville Schools will provide intentional and nontraditional outreach opportunities to connect with all families, as well as find ways to measure the level of family engagement.
The district will also be intentional about diverse representation across all areas of the organization, including staff and family committees.
Task Force Members
Eighteen administrators, teachers and support staff members from across the district participate on this task force. The group is led by DEI Core Team Member Megan LeMaster.
- The district has hosted community events, such as the "We Are Centerville" event in late 2018, to celebrate the diversity of families within the vibrant city of Centerville.
- Relationship building between immigrant families and local families is encouraged through the "Connect Centerville" program, led by the district's English Learner coach.
- Family advocacy groups have collaborated with the DEI team to offer a better understanding of their children’s unique needs.
- A team of classroom teachers established the district’s essential practices for family engagement.
- Feedback is gathered through focus groups, listening sessions and surveys.
- The "Elks Express" mobile learning station launched in May 2022. This classroom on wheels includes Chromebook laptops, WiFi hotspots, books, math games and other educational tools purchased by the district's Curriculum Department.
- A grant from ThinkTank funded an AmeriCorps VISTA during the 2021-22 school year to do outreach and support teachers in implementing best practices for partnering with economically disadvantaged families.