The district invited the Cultural Wellness Center to create a program to address the lack of parent involvement and student achievement among African Americans. We uncovered the systemic barriers that were preventing African Americans from participating and to raise the vision of success the parents had for their children. By 2014, the program had successfully engaged African American parents in a school system that once had almost no parent engagement. Some results:

  • Between 2010 and 2013, Maxfield Elementary School experienced a 350 percent increase in the number of parents who participated in annual goal-setting conference for their children (from just 27 to 122 parents).
  • During that time frame average attendance at school family nights grew from 64 families to 81 families, a 27 percent increase.
  • Between 2010 and 2012 the number of student suspensions decreased from 39 to 22 – a 44 percent reduction. Reports of physical fights between students reduced by 46 percent during that same time frame from 24 to 13 fights.