S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe San Francisco Unified School District welcomes families to participate in children's education.

Conference gives families a voice in SFUSD

On Saturday, we are gathering with families from across The City to focus on the most important thing: our children. We call it the Family Empowerment Conference, and you'd be amazed at how much energy is generated there. Imagine parents, grandparents and other family members joining our school staff and community organizations — all in one place sharing ideas and learning from each other.

The San Francisco Unified School District is committed to supporting parents as they do their important job of parenting. We are also committed to gathering input from families on how we can continue to improve our services to their children. Community gatherings, surveys and board of education meetings are just some of the ways we seek out good ideas from our families. Then we put them into action.

Here's what we believe:

Families are the first teachers — they are the real experts when it comes to their kids.

<p>When we welcome families into the school community, it helps the academic achievement of all students. We must continuously build a solid understanding of our very diverse cultures and we will include all students of all ethnicities, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds and family structures.

Engaging families is a shared responsibility — and we hold ourselves at the SFUSD accountable to making it happen. At the Family Empowerment Conference we ask how we can improve making families feel welcome at school and how to support their children's educational success.

Last year, we heard about challenges families face when trying to become involved in their children's schools. Some parents expressed frustration. But we also heard that many of our schools are successfully removing those barriers. We heard stories about what's working in our schools, and we gained useful ideas to help make these good ideas happen at more schools.

SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference

Ready to make a difference? Set to learn, share and build together? Then go to the Family Empowerment Conference on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denman Middle School. For more information on the SFUSD’s Family Empowerment Conference, go to www.sfusd.edu.

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