What is the FAP? What is it trying to accomplish?
Families as Partners (FAP) is an Austin ISD initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with the goal of creating sustainable and effective school-family partnerships for academic success. The initiative is grounded in the principle that authentic engagement flourishes when families and faculty build trusting relationships and see each other as equal partners. Other goals included finding and actively encouraging less engaged parents to be involved in the FAP and their children’s schooling and scaling to the program across the district by utilizing the lessons learned in the early process and on-boarding new schools over time.
The FAP program is based on the Dual Capacity Model* of collaborative engagement. In this model, the FAP program outcomes are accomplished by engaging parents in meaningful collaborative work with each campus’ staff and administration. The tasks that were undertaken were to be driven foremost by parents, supported by staff and administration.
“Authentic engagement flourishes when families and faculty build trusting relationships and see each other as equal partners.”
Past FAP Newsletters
The FAP Manual
In each of the following four sections of the FAP Manual (Build, Train, Empower, Evaluate, Repeat) we document how the AISD community developed and engaged in this process over the course of the past two years; which activities were successful, what barriers we hit along the way, and how we solved these issues when we were able to. View and Download the FAP Manual »