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Community Schools & Family Partnerships

The office of Community Schools and Family Partnerships has students at the center of our work.   A Community Schools approach serves as the unifying framework, with a holistic view of students and an integrated focus on academics, socio-emotional supports, and family engagement activities.  This approach leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

Executive Director:  Mele Lau-Smith.  415-379-2703

What We Do

Community Partnerships – provides training and technical assistance to school site staff and community partners, to make the most of their partnerships to support student success.  You can find information about completing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at 

Family Partnerships and Empowerment – provides training and support to school sites and district offices to deepen our collective capacity to partner with families in support of student success.

ExCEL After School Programs – provides support and training to ExCEL after school program providers in implementation of the Quality Action Plan, a continuous cycle of improvement to ensure high quality programs that support student success.

Translation & Interpretation Unit – provides translation and interpretation services for district-wide events, family conferences related to Special Education services, and reports to support student success.

SFUSD's Family Engagement Standards

You can download the standards and values in six languages:

SFUSD's standards for engaging and empowering families:

  1. Supporting strong relationships: Schools welcome and respect families, build community among diverse family populations, and actively engage family members to resolve conflicts and repair harm.
  2. Facilitating two-way communication: Schools actively reach out to hear from families. Communication processes are clear to families and encourage a mutual exchange of information and perspectives.
  3. Linking to learning: Families are encouraged and supported to be involved in their children’s learning at home and at school.
  4. Valuing diversity: Schools respect and affirm the value of students’ diverse cultures, backgrounds and family structures. School site and district staff demonstrate and promote cultural competence.
  5. Speaking up for every student: Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have equitable access to learning opportunities.
  6. Sharing power and decision-making: Families are encouraged and empowered to participate in formal and informal structures for making decisions about their children, schools, and the district.
  7. Connecting families to community resources: Schools help families access useful community resources and services.

Our standards for family engagement were adapted from national, research-based models to reflect the needs of our diverse student and family populations, in collaborative discussions among district staff, parent leaders, and community partners.

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