The Office of Engagement (OOE) is dedicated to creating and supporting partnerships among schools, families, and communities. OOE promotes welcoming environments in RPS, builds capacity for authentic engagement and supports effective partnerships among students, families, schools and the community.
We will only be successful with deep partnerships with families and community.
PARTNER WITH FAMILIES.
We will authentically partner with RPS families to connect them to the resources necessary to advocate for and best support their students.
We will work together with our schools to build their capacity to partner with families in research proven, effective ways.
COLLABORATE WITH COMMUNITY.
We will serve as a hub to facilitate meaningful collaboration between our schools and the larger Richmond community.
Why does community engagement matter?
It takes a village to raise a child is a popular proverb with a clear message: the whole community has an essential role to play in the growth and development of its young people. In addition to the vital role that parents and family members play in a child’s education, the broader community too has a responsibility to assure high-quality education for all students. The research is clear, consistent, and convincing: Parent, family, and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement.
When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher-level programs. Researchers cite parent-family community involvement as a key to addressing the school dropout crisis and note that strong school-family-community partnerships foster higher educational aspirations and more motivated students. The evidence holds true for students at both the elementary and secondary level, regardless of the parent’s education, family income, or background—and the research shows parent involvement affects minority students’ academic achievement across all races.
When public schools develop partnerships with businesses, civic organizations, and other community groups, this helps to promote adult participation in their child's education and to maximize the resources available to support learning. Some key examples of partnerships are:
- Businesses and Non-profit Organizations
- Neighborhood Associations and Organizations
- Faith-based Organizations