Family and Community Engagement in District 65
“We cannot do it alone. Teachers, students, families, community members and partners all have a stake in the success of District 65. It is critical for us to build strong relationships with all families and community partners and to maintain our commitment to effective and welcoming customer service. To support the success of all children we must work together, share ideas and concerns, and collaborate in positive and creative ways.”
-Dr. Goren, District 65 Superintendent
Engagement starts with a welcome smile, staff that listen and care, and a deep commitment to partner with families and the community in educating children. District 65 is committed to creating a variety of ways to engage and welcome families into our schools. During the 2014-2015 school year, the District embarked on a strategic planning process grounded in research conducted at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. This research identified five essential supports for school improvement, including family and community engagement (F.A.C.E.).
D65 Welcomes Family and Community Coordinator
In fall 2015, District 65 welcomed Ismalis Nuñez to lead these efforts as its Family and Community Coordinator. She is responsible for cultivating trusting, intentional partnerships with families and community agencies to support academic success and healthy social emotional development of all students. Prior to her new role, Ms. Nuñez served as a social worker at Haven Middle School for five years. As the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Ms. Nunez will work to expand meaningful engagement opportunities for families; evaluate the holistic needs of children and families within the District; expand on the Community Schools initiative; and create strong learning supports for staff members to enhance engagement within the Evanston and Skokie communities.