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