Brookhaven, GA, November 15, 2016 – The Post Reports – Woodward Elementary of the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) and located in the City of Brookhaven, has been named a 2016 Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School by the state Department of Education. “The award honors Title I schools for exemplary customer service that leads to partnerships with families, thereby improving student achievement. Just six schools in Georgia earned the award this year,” says a DCSD release. “As an award winner, Woodward Elementary will be designated as a Family-Friendly School by the Georgia Department of Education for five years.”
According to DCSD, winning schools are recognized for welcoming families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power and collaborating with the community.
“One of the ways we are Building TRUST with our community is through improved customer service. We are pleased that Woodward Elementary has been recognized for leading the way in being family-friendly,” said DCSD Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green. “We are redoubling our efforts with our other campuses so this level of service becomes the standard.”
The Georgia Department of Education selects Family-Friendly Partnership Schools after an application is submitted, a review by respected educators, and a site visit. During the site visits, judges conduct surprise walk-throughs and interview school staff and visitors to assess each school’s welcoming environment.
Woodward Elementary was honored for developing a routine around parent engagement. Judges noted the following examples:
- “Parents know that STAR, or Students Taking Academic Responsibility, folders which serve as a daily two-way communication tool between home and school…”
- “The bilingual monthly calendar with school updates are provided in that folder the week before each month begins, and instructional parent meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month beginning at 9 a.m. like clockwork.”
- “(The school) has also educated parents on reading student data and given them support with questions to use during conferences which their students lead them through. Students review their data notebook, with assistance from their teachers, with their parents; this process allows the entire family to take responsibility for each student’s learning.”
Congratulations Woodward! Job Well done!