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Dayton schools push new family engagement strategies

DAYTON DAILY NEWS INVESTIGATES 


After 18 months of strategic changes, Dayton Public Schools leaders acknowledge the district still needs to turn a corner in the family engagement area — both communicating better with students’ families, and helping those families be better involved in their children’s education.

The district is trying to create a PTO group at each school, expects to announce its new Parent, Family and Community Council this month, and just hired a new director of outreach and student activities.

“We need to reassess the way we engage the public. I think we’ve been approaching it the wrong way,” said school board Vice President Jocelyn Rhynard, who led a series of town hall meetings last school year. “We need to make a better effort of coming to people, rather than expecting them to come to us.”

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