The Carolina Family Engagement Center (CFEC) is an effort to grow and support the engagement of underserved families in their local schools and in the educational success of their children. We are coordinated through the University of South Carolina’s SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC) and work closely with the University of South Carolina College of Education, SC Department of Education, and other partners.
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High school teachers often struggle with maintaining family engagement when they are responsible for 150 plus students. This teacher recommends that students take ownership of their own learning as well as sharing this information with their parents. In addition to inviting students to engage in the grading process through ongoing reflection, she also requires students to email their parents about what they are learning in class. She found that parents often responded to their child's communication by including the teacher in the email response, thereby setting up a student-led communication loop between parents and teacher.
The Carolina Family Engagement Center pledge is to deliver high-quality parent education for family engagement by providing training and technical assistance in family engagement to districts and schools, and working with partners to develop the reach of family engagement services across South Carolina. We do this by offering high-quality parent education for family engagement, supplying training and technical assistance in family engagement to districts and schools, and collaborating with partners to develop the reach of family engagement services across our state. We aim to boost student achievement, foster school improvement, and build the ability of all stakeholders to develop robust partnerships through stronger family engagement.