Family & Community Engagement (FACE)


What is FACE?

It is a strategy for improving student learning and healthy development that depends upon schools, families and community groups, working together in a coordinated fashion, to make sure students get the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life.

This site is the place where our FACE community “meets” and shares great ideas about how we can help raise healthy, successful, well-educated, caring and responsible citizens.

FACE means we can all play a role, working together for the well-being of every student. Use the links on the left to learn more about FACE at APS.

APS Hosts District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement Learning Lab


On October 25, 2016, APS hosted a visit by the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement as part of the the DC Learning Lab offered by the Institute for Educational Leadership. The group included staff and school leaders from 30 districts from around the nation.

We were thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase some of the work that the FACE office is currently shepherding, in collaboration with school-based and central office staff and leaders, to implement the FACE policy and strengthen our work in this area.  Dr. Tara Nattrass, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, opened the day with a welcome and introduction to Arlington Public Schools, which was followed by a panel showcasing our FACE strategy at the system level.

Moderating the panel was Kathleen Donovan, Parent Resource Center Coordinator, and the presenters were: Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, School Board Member; Theresa Bratt, Co- Chair, APS FACE Action Team; Gina Argotti, FACE Action Team parent member; and Dr. Rosa Briceno, FACE Specialist with Department of Instruction. Titled Refocusing Family and Community Engagement Systemwide, the panelists shared the story behind the FACE policy that APS adopted in September of 2014, and the progress we have made to date implementing the policy using as a compass the Dual-Capacity Building Framework. Hoffman Boston

Afterwards, Dr. Briceño led an interactive panel showcasing some of the work that APS schools and programs are doing to re-focus family engagement using a new lens, informed by the research on high impact strategies for engaging diverse families.

Claremont1The schools sharing their work were: Claremont Immersion School: Jessica Panfil, Principal; Haydee Colon, Bilingual Family Liaison; Ana Patricia Mogollon, Parent Leader; Hoffman-Boston Elementary School: Carmen De la Cruz, Assistant Principal, Carter Echols, Volunteer Coordinator, Zaya Coughlin, Parent Leader, Sosorburam Ganbaatar, Parent;  Wakefield High School: Frances Lee, Assistant Principal, Roxy Coles-Matis, Special Education Teacher, Deena Allen, Parent; Early Childhood Program: Kate Graham, Pre-School Program Coordinator; Roxanda Ordoñez, Parent Leader.Wakefield&VPI

Cosechando Sueños/Harvesting Dreams



On October 14, 2016, APS hosted its second Cosechando Sueños para Nuestros Niños/Harvesting Dreams for Our Children, an event with Latino families in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month focusing on Opportunities for a Successful School Journey. Over 500 family, staff and community members attended the event at Kenmore Middle School. Highlights of the evening included addresses by the Chair of the School Board, APS Superintendent, Dr. Patrick K. Murphy and parent leaders; a resource fair; and 28 learning circles.

The event began with a resource fairfair featuring APS departments and community programs that provide resources for families. All participants were invited to place a dream for children in a beautiful mural created by talented mothers who are actively engaged in school-based Hispanic parent groups.

Learning Circle Themes:

  • How can we know and monitor that our children are making expected progress in learning English?
  • How can we make sure our children become strong at reading, a skill necessary for their academic success?
  • How can l learn to navigate the American school system to advocate for my child effectively?
  • What resources does APS offer for our children to maintain the Spanish language, and how can we provide support at home?
  • What do counselors do to guide our children in planning their future and what tools can families use to help?


View the Harvesting Dreams Student Interviews video to hear more about how the support of their parents has been integral to student success.
View the Resource Handbook for Families for more information about learning circle themes
View the Cosechando Sueños/Harvesting Dreams program


Parents left feeling inspired, informed, connected and energized to partner with schools to ensure their children get the best education.

FACE Seminar

seminarAPS offered its first FACE seminar series for teachers: High Impact Strategies for Engaging Our Diverse Families. This five workshop seminar series was designed for small school teams composed of teachers and administrators to learn new strategies and practices to address particular challenges they might be facing in engaging diverse families in their school setting. Throughout the sessions, participants worked in teams to formulate a FACE project to be implemented during the 2016-17 academic year.




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Published May 23, 17 6:58PM