We will actively engage parents and community members in supporting the implementation of CCSS instruction.

Research continues to confirm conventional wisdom – engaging families is critically important for improving students’ social and academic success.  Family Engagement is a shared responsibility among families, schools, and communities in which schools and the community is committed to reach out to engage families in meaningful ways.  We value the influence of the family on the child’s well-being and are committed to all families being informed, involved and engaged.

LCAP Actions Actions implemented this year
The profession of school social work began in the 20th century, fueled by immigration, life struggles, social conditions, and poverty which affected the development and expansion of educational opportunities for all children (Allen-Meares, 2006 & Agresta, 2004). Overtime social workers refocused their earlier commitment to changing adverse conditions in the schools and acting as the link between home, school, and community; therefore, school social workers sought a specialized role in providing emotional support for troubled children (Hall, 1936). Interventions provided through school social work services have shown improved student attendance, reduction of child abuse and neglect, improved graduation rates and early identification of a disability. These factors are directly related to increased student achievement. Social workers are a critical liaison between low-economic families, foster youth and families of second language learners. We have one District School Social Worker (DSSW). She is responsible for managing mental health related services through the Student and Family Support Services program. The District School Social Worker provides supervision and trainings for 14 undergraduate and graduate level social work interns (SWI). The SWI collaborate with school personnel to address barriers to academic success providing support across 16 school sites in the district. Student and Family Support Services include referrals, assessments, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and post intervention services and case management services. Professional Development opportunities include TCI, Mandated Reporting, PBIS, SST, 504 Plans and IEP. Under direct supervision from the DSSW, Social Work Interns work closely with teachers and administrators to provide consultation related to behavior, classroom management, mental health, child abuse and neglect, crisis response, truancy and other special concerns that impact student learning. Social Work Interns also participate in Student Success Team, IEP and SARB meetings. They are involved in working with McKinney Vento and Foster Youth students as necessary providing support and appropriate advocacy services.
To date this year, the Student and Family Support Services has received 117 referrals and 31 crisis referrals and facilitated over 14 student groups that address social-emotional needs of students to ensure academic success.
Explore increase of Mental Health Services at more sites to families in need. The Student and Family Support Services has received 117 referrals and 31 crisis referral and facilitated over 14 student groups that address social emotional needs of students to ensure academic success. We have increased the number of interns at our school from 8 to 16. We currently have one intern at each elementary school.
Provide parent/student activities at the schools (e.g. Back to School Nights, Open House, Parent/Teacher Conference, Science Fairs, and Festivals). Six schools including four Title I schools are participating in the Family Engagement Impact Project grant Phase II and are implementing  two evidence-based programs: Raising a Reader and The National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS). The district wide Cultural Arts Exposition provides an opportunity for parents and the community to celebrate the performing and visual arts performances by our students. This is an annual event where all 19 schools participate in celebrating our cultural diversity.
The annual Cinco de Mayo festival is scheduled for May 5, 2017 and is a cultural festival open to all OGSD families. The festival includes student performances, food, and activities. The Benito Juarez Humanitarian Award is presented to one individual who has strived to support our Hispanic students and community.
SEAL parent workshops are provided at the 14 SEAL elementary schools throughout the year. Also, gallery walks occur at the end of each SEAL thematic unit at the 14 schools. The parents are invited to the gallery walks and the students are the docent who show their parents all of their work in the unit.
Provide parents literacy, math, and technology trainings. Provide Parent Involvement Nights (based on LCAP input). Provide 4th to 6th grade GATE parents –  information about the GATE program, role of the district, site and parents in supporting program. Provide parent trainings through Family Engagement grant at six sites including the four Title I sites. Two GATE parent Informational Nights provide the parents the role of the district, school and teachers in providing Differentiated Instruction for GATE students. Two GATE teacher representative meetings are also held for teachers to take information to sites with additional resources to support the GATE program at sites. Teachers also get updates on the testing for qualification of GATE students each year.
Four Parent Information Nights engage and educate parents in the education and programs taking place within the district. The 2016-17 PINS are: November 1, 2016, Bernal-Science Education for the 21st Century, January 10, 2017, Herman College: Making it Happen and the OGSD Educational Choice Faire March 21, 2017, Davis, Textbooks to Chromebooks: How has the classroom changed? April 25, 2017, Herman, Science Education for the 21st Century
Provide more digital communication systems to parents (e.g. Blackboard Connect, Peachjar, district and site webpages, Infinite Campus parent portal, and School Loop at the intermediate schools). Oak Grove School District uses Blackboard Connect to send phone calls, emails and texts to parents regarding upcoming events and emergency communication. All schools have access to using Blackboard Connect to communicate with their families.
Peachjar is a way to email families promotional school and community flyers. The link is also posted on all websites so families can access the flyers.
The three intermediate schools use School Loop so that families and students can access students’ assignments and grades. It also provides families a way to communicate with the teachers and receive information about upcoming events at the school.
This year, Oak Grove School District and all the schools updated the webistes to Edlio. Edlio provides users better access to the information posted.
The IT Department worked with school secretaries on providing families access to Infinite Campus’ online registration.
Community Liaisons provide another important support to low-income families, foster youth and English Leaners. They link students and families with services within the school, and across Santa Clara County such as housing, clothing, food shelters, and the many agencies available that families may not be aware of. Our six community liaisons continue to support families during SSTs, IEPs, and 504s as well as supporting the attendance review board process. They attend and present at both Hispanic Parent Meetings, PFA Meetings and Koffee Klatch parent meetings. When resources are needed, community liaisons are able to support parents and families with referrals to mental healthy agencies both inside and outside our district as well as referrals to support homeless families. Community liaisons also facilitate communication between the families, teachers, school specialists and administration.
Dual Capacity-Building workshops are provided for both educators and families to learn together at the same time through our Family Engagement grant; this is based on the U.S. Department of Education’s Family Engagement Framework; a research-based model. In addition, an additional objective is to strengthen relationships with our local Community-Based Organizations in order to provide services and resources to our schools and families. During fall 2016, families and educators from four Family Engagement Impact Project schools participated in an 8-week workshop focusing on topics such as identifying goals and dreams, reflecting on values, cultures and traditions through family stories, establishing developmentally appropriate routines and strategies for discipline, communication, strengthening the home and school connection and identifying family and community resources. In winter 2017, we offered the Healthy Choices workshop, an 8-week series of classes the focuses on emotional and physical wellness. The workshop emphasizes making healthy choices for building healthy relationships, healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Workshop topics include how to meet the emotional needs of children, the essential keys to feeding, reading nutrition labels, and promoting healthy family activities. In addition, there is hands-on cooking and recipes so that families can practice making healthy meals.