The Parent Engagement Assistant (PEA) position - formerly known as Parent Liaison - was instituted for FY2015 under the central supervision and direction of the newly established Department of Family and School Partnerships. The Parent Engagement Assistant (PEA) will support assigned schools by working closely with school system staff, parents/families, community groups and business partners to support effective teaching and learning. PEAs will implement research-based strategies focused on literacy for increasing student achievement.
The principal is responsible for providing dedicated space in the school to support the work of the PEA. The Parent Engagement Assistant will use the dedicated space to meet with parents, community and business partners in order to develop and implement effective partnership activities to support all learners. The PEA will also develop and present family engagement workshops for school-based staff and families focused on literacy. Ultimately, the PEA serves as a liaison that:
The Parent Engagement Assistant demonstrates the ability to communicate and work with all families. Fluency in both English and other commonly spoken language(s) identified in the school is preferred as this position requires effective oral, reading and writing in languages of the school community.
In FY2015, school system funding afforded the district’s executive leadership team the opportunity to place PEAs in sixty-three schools identified as having English Language Learner populations above 30 percent.