Office of Family and Community Engagement
SFUSD's Family Engagement Standards
You can download the standards and values in six languages:
- Family Engagement Standards
- Español / Spanish
- 中文 / Chinese
- عربي / Arabic
- Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese
These core values shape our commitment to engage families as partners:
- Families are the first and most influential teachers of their children. Respecting and welcoming all families into the school community supports the academic achievement of all students.
- SFUSD welcomes families as advocates for their children’s success. We know that some students have been underserved, and we are committed to welcoming families as partners in their children’s education.
- Student achievement is supported by positive relationships among students, staff and families, and by engaging all members of the school community to resolve conflict, repair harm and prevent punitive discipline.
- Engaging families across the diversity of our student population requires intentional actions, to build understanding and inclusion for all ethnicities, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds and family structures.
- Collaborative leadership and shared decision-making strengthens our schools and improves our services to students and their families.
- Providing families with access to information, community resources and support services is essential to supporting student success.
- Engaging families is a shared responsibility. SFUSD holds ourselves accountable to lead and support collaborative efforts with community partners to engage and empower our students’ families.
SFUSD's standards for engaging and empowering families:
- 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.
- 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.
- Linking to learning: Families are encouraged and supported to be involved in their children’s learning at home and at school.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Family Liaison Program Manager: Pending
Coordinator of Family & Community Partnerships: Ruth Grabowski
Office Assistant: Pending
Office of Family Voice: Ramon Martinez & Christina Mok
Translation & Interpretation Services: Lehmann Sio