The Indiana Department of Education announced the “Family Friendly Schools” for the 2016-2017 school year and all 5 of the schools in the Tri-Creek School Corporation were awarded the designation. You can read the IDOE announcement here.
To be considered for the Family Friendly Schools designation, a school must show that they excel in the involvement of families and communities in their children’s education. The principal from each of the schools submitted the application for IDOE assessment after participating in a voluntary assessment, evaluation, and improvement process that engages family and community in the school.
The IDOE uses the Family Friendly Schools Assessment Tool that follows six (6) core standards for the school:
1. Welcoming All Families into the School Community
2. Communicating Effectively
3. Supporting Student Success
4. Speaking Up for Every Child
5. Sharing Power, and
6. Collaborating with Community
As part of the application process, Tri-Creek School Corporation demonstrated the quality of family involvement and implementation of the program at the school. Additionally, a survey summary from each of the key stakeholder groups was conducted and included with the application. The key stakeholder groups are: staff, students, building leaders, and parents. The development of the Parent Advisory Teams (PAT) at each school was and continues to be a fundamental component of communication, ideation, and systems development for each school individually and the school system as a whole.
The purpose of the Family Friendly Schools designation program is to focus on addressing the academic, physical, emotional, and social needs of students while providing the needed resources and fostering the active involvement of their families through schools and the community.
The Indiana Department of Education Family Friendly Schools Program is a State recognition program for schools that excel in the involvement of families and communities in their children’s education.