Effectively engaging parents and community members is a challenge for many schools, but it’s one that Robert J. O’Brien STEM Academy in East Hartford is eager to take on. Thanks to a new program in place this year, the school is reaching out to families to find out what they want from the school community and provide them with new resources and services.
O’Brien, an elementary school with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focus for grades four to six, was named a Network School this year. One goal the school has chosen to work on as part of its Network plan is increasing family and community engagement.
To help achieve that goal, the school has chosen to join the CommPACT Community Schools Collaborative. CommPACT — which stands for Community, Parents, Administrators, Children, and Teachers — provides resources, materials, and technical assistance to guide the establishment of community schools. Read more