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. LauSmithM@sfusd.edu 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 www.sfusd.edu/mou
- Stefanie Eldred, EldredS@sfusd.edu, 415-750-4500, ext. 1401
- Ruth Grabowski, GrabowskiR@sfusd.edu, 415-241-6185
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.
- Kashina Turner-Pierce and Raquel Wells
- FamilyPartnerships@sfusd.edu, 415-750-4500 x1403
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.
- Karina Henriquez, HenriquezK@sfusd.edu, 415-750-4500 x1015
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.
- Lehmann Sio, SioN@sfusd.edu, 415-749-3410
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
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.