Our ties to our community are so important to the district, our name says it all – Indianapolis Public Schools. That’s why the goal area of Family and Community is one of the focal points of our strategic plan drafting process.
“I personally chose this area because I know about the importance of the relationship between our communities and schools,” said Board of School Commissioners President Diane Arnold. “The best schools in IPS have a strong building leader and strong community partnerships.” President Arnold and Commissioner Mary Ann Sullivan are joined by Deputy Superintendent for Operations Scott Martin on our Family and Community committee.
Family members are key players in this drafting process. Our parents, guardians and extended family members see daily the strengths of our district, as well as opportunities to streamline and improve services. Together our business partners and other community stakeholders provide an active network connecting our students to the world around them. This special partnership supplies a wealth of opportunity to our students and families, and our committee will brainstorm innovative ways to engage our community partners.
The committee leaders agree placing a key focus on our families and neighbors is critical to measure success as a district. As stakeholders with direct interest in the district, it is vital to ensure we’re constantly assessing needs in these areas and responding by implementing the most appropriate solutions to address them.
“We need to provide excellent customer service; that’s a non-negotiable,” said Deputy Superintendent Martin. Ensuring there are ample opportunities for families and other community members to engage in our schools and increasing communication about these opportunities is vital to continued success, and is sure to be the focus of many conversations within our Family and Community committee.
Deb Black, IPS Parent Involvement Coordinator, certainly appreciates the importance of building a strong bond with the families and neighbors of our schools. She credits our partnership with Bridges to Success, faith-based organizations, and individual volunteers and organizations as our current strengths. She says the heart of our efforts is the team of Parent Involvement Educators who commit their time and talents to building stronger relationships with our families.
“We have the support of our visionary administration team, whose leaders see the value of strengthening our commitment to IPS families,” Black noted when discussing her excitement about the Family and Community focus of our strategic plan.
“I’m looking forward to hearing ideas that the community feels strongly about,” Black added. “It is important to know their priorities and align our plans accordingly.”
Without the support of our families, friends and community partners, IPS would not be able to thrive. This focus area of the strategic plan will allow the district to strengthen and build relationships to support our goals in Efficient Operations as well as Teaching and Learning.
There’s still time to join the Family and Community committee; RSVP here to join us for an informational meeting on February 12 at the Concord Community Center!