Stakeholder Engagement

  • If we value and leverage school and community partnerships, then we will maximize our collective impact on our core mission.

    Objective: Increase stakeholder involvement in all aspects of school programs and activities by building a connective learning community, engaging families, partners and the greater community to meet the needs of all students.

    This strategic theme focuses on four critical initiatives. The Tuscaloosa City Schools' strategic plan 2.0 is developed in concert with Cognia. By definition, a critical initiative is are evidence-based practices that:

    • guide the implementation of actions to achieve objectives
    • are sometimes referred to as a strategy
    • can be multiple per objective
    • are written “high level” 
    • are evaluated for their effectiveness
    • answers “what we’ll do…”
  • Family and Community Engagement

    TCS will partner with families and the community to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, ensure effective communication, and enhanced engagement with families.

    Intended Outcome: Positive student outcomes, including improved student achievement, decreased disciplinary issues, improved family-teacher and teacher-student relationships, and improved school environment. 

    Key Measure: COGNIA Stakeholder Feedback Surveys        


    Activity 1: Create a system-wide Family Engagement Plan. 

    Person responsible: Ingrid Edwards

    Progress monitor: Ingrid Edwards & Vertis Giles-Brown
    Status: Not Started

    Required resources: $15,000-Title II, consultants for training & materials

    Activity measure: Family Engagement Plan; August 2021

    Project monitor: Ms. Vertis Giles-Brown

    Department: Federal Programs


    Activity 2: Establish and provide training for Parent and Family Engagement Leadership Teams at all schools.

    Person responsible: Principals & Parent Liaisons at each school

    Progress monitor: Ingrid Edward

    Status: Not Started

    Required resources: $130,000- consultants, materials, coaching; ESSER II funds           

    Activity measure: Evaluation of training, sign in sheets; agendas; October 2021; January, February, March 2022

    Project monitor: Ms. Vertis Giles-Brown

    Department: Federal Programs


    Activity 3: Develop an Opening of School Engagement Conference for Parents, Staff,  and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Leaders.

    Person responsible: Ingrid Edwards/Scholastic/FACE Representative

    Progress monitor: Ingrid Edwards

    Status: Not started

    Required resources: $18,000 Funding for speaker, venue, & Training Materials; ESSER II funds

    Activity measure: Sign in sheets and agenda; October 2021-in person

     Project Monitor: Ms. Vertis Giles-Brown

    Department: Federal Programs


    Activity 4: Establish a Parent Teacher Association in every school, aligned with the National PTA priority areas, for collaboration at the city wide Areas (Family Engagement; Advocacy; Membership; Finance; Volunteer).

    Person responsible: School Parent and Family Engagement Leadership Teams                  

    Progress monitor: Ingrid Edwards

    Status: Not started

    Required resources: None

    Activity measure: Sign in sheets & agendas; September 2021

    Project Monitor: Ms. Vertis Giles-Brown

    Department: Federal Programs


    Activity 5: Establish Parent and Family Engagement Programs  (i.e, Male Summit, Father’s of Future Freshmen, Parent Ambassador Group, Parent Professional Learning Community, PTLA, Parent Project, Bilingual Family Program). 

    Person responsible: Ingrid Edwards

    Progress monitor: Ingrid Edwards

    Status: Not started

    Required resources: $50,000- Title I, Title III, ESSER II, consultants, venue, & materials

    Activity measure: Evaluation of training, training rosters; January, 2022 

    Project Monitor: Ms. Vertis Giles-Brown

    Department: Federal Programs


    Activity 6: Research, collaborate, develop a wrap-around services center for students and families in Tuscaloosa.

    Person responsible: Jessica Constant, Tesney Davis, Social Services & Parent Liaison

    Progress monitor: Ingrid Edwards and Jessica Constant

    Status: In progress

    Required resources: $1,000,000 funding building renovations, furnishings, & professional development; Local General Funds/Capital Funds

    Activity Measure: Benefits & Risks of center; Survey of community 

    Partners; January 2022

    Project Monitor: Dr. Janet Sherrod and Dr. James Pope

    Department: Learning Supports & Teaching and Learning


    Activity 7: Engage with families and community groups in support of student achievement and/or school improvement through the use of focus groups, surveys and other opinion-gathering methods.

    Person responsible: Ms. Vertis Giles-Brown, Lesley Bruinton, Dr. Andrew Maxey, & Ingrid Edwards                     

    Progress monitor: Ingrid Edwards

    Status: In Progress

    Required resources: $80,000 funding for surveying tools and newsletter tools; General Funds

    Activity measure: Survey results. Focus group participation & Community                                        

    Meetings publication notices; parent advisory groups     

    Project Monitor: Dr. James Pope

    Department: Teaching and Learning


    Activity 8: Establish plan for Facilities for participation in community and school based programs that promote leadership and student Development. (ie Job Shadowing, Summer Work Programs) 

    Person Responsible: Tyran Robinson, Randy Tyra, Leadership Team

    Progress Monitor: Tyran Robinson

    Status: In progress

    Required Resources: None - Planning/Scheduling

    Activity Measure: Completed Plan/ Participation Documents

    Project Monitor: Edward Smith III

    Department: Facilities


    Activity 9: Enhance training program for principals (and assistant principals) to create, implement, evaluate effective school communication tools/resources.

    Person Responsible: Principal, School Leadership Team

    Progress Monitor: Lesley Bruinton

    Status: Not Started

    Required Resources:  Staff time (no budget needed)

    Activity Measure: Individual school communication plan by August 2022.

    Project Monitor: Dr. Deron Cameron

    Department: Human Resources & Operations


    Activity 10: Assist schools in developing key messages related to schoolwide foci for use in school-to-home communication.

    Person Responsible: Principals

    Progress Monitor: Lesley Bruinton

    Status: In progress Not Started

    Required Resources: Staff time (no budget needed)

    Activity Measure: Each school will develop 3-5 key messages by the end of October annually, starting in 2021.

    Project Monitor: Dr. Deron Cameron

    Department: Human Resources & Operations

  • Communication

    TCS will provide opportunities for families to access necessary information, knowledge, and skills to support their children’s education at home and at school.

    Intended Outcome: Families will have access to all information regarding their child’s education. 

    Key Measure: The number of families that access available information as reported on the system’s automated message tracking report.

     

    Activity 1: Engage stakeholders through the use of focus groups, surveys, establishment of a superintendent employee advisory council,  and other perspective-gathering methods.

    Person responsible: Lesley Bruinton, Dr. Andrew Maxey

    Progress monitor: Lesley Bruinton

    Status: In Progress

    Required resources: $80,000-general funds, surveying  and newsletter tools

    Activity measure: Survey results, focus group data

    Employee meetings and advisory groups; 2021-2024. 

    Project Monitor: Dr. Deron Cameron

    Department: Human Resources & Operations

     

    Activity 2: Ensure timely and relevant communication for families through content creation published through digital tools (e.g. website, social media).

    Person responsible: Lesley Bruinton, Eddie McClinton, Dave Crutchfield

    Progress monitor: Lesley Bruinton

    Status: In progress

    Required resources: Web content management/automated messaging system, newsletter tools, television production equipment

    Activity measure: Social media analytics. Content calendars. Electronic newsletters. Message tracking; 2021-2024. 

    Project Monitor: Dr. Deron Cameron

    Department: Human Resources & Operations

  • Student Engagement

    TCS will include secondary students in the decision-making process by providing avenues of two-way communication

    Intended Outcome: Build student voice into the decision-making of the system.

    Key Measure: Student survey data. Stakeholder meeting sign in sheets, meeting/program agenda,  content calendars for website and social media.

     

    Activity 1:  Engage students through the use of focus groups, surveys and other opinion-gathering methods in their native language whenever possible.

    Person responsible: Lesley Bruinton, Dr. Andrew Maxey

    Progress monitor: Lesley Bruinton

    Status: In progress

    Required resources: $80,000 funding for surveying tools, newsletter tools

    Activity measure: Survey results. Focus groups. (General Fund)

    Student advisory meetings agendas & sign in rosters; Newsletters;  2021-2024

    Project Monitor: Dr. Deron Cameron

    Department: Human Resources and Operations

     

    Activity 2: Ensure timely and relevant student communication for the benefit of secondary students through the use of digital tools (website, social media).

    Person responsible: Lesley Bruinton, Eddie McClinton, Dave Crutchfield

    Progress monitor: Lesley Bruinton

    Status: In progress

    Required resources: $90,000 Web content management/automated messaging system, newsletter tools, television production equipment (General Fund)

    Activity measure: Updated websites, social media. 2021-2024 and on-going

    Project Monitor: Dr. Deron Cameron

    Department: Human Resources & Operations