Increasing family and community involvement is an Aurora
Achievement Initiative priority. The diversity office is
addressing the diverse needs of students and families with
strategies for building cultures within our school communities.
The 17 family liaisons at 21 APS schools are critical to
the success of this plan. “Family liaisons provide leadership
to reach out to our families and community groups
and engage them in the success of our students,” said Jesús
Escárcega, the APS coordinator of diversity education.
Parents are included in decisions and empowered to manage
projects. “We want parents to get involved early in elementary
school but we also need them to support education
through middle and high school years,” said Myra Paredes,
family liaison for North and South middle schools and
Aurora Central High School.
Family liaisons also provide information about resources
and social programs available to our families. They encourage
parents to serve on school and district committees. “Aurora
is a rapidly changing community. We are adapting our family
and community outreach programs to meet a wide range of needs.
We look to the community for help in providing services for families. This cooperation makes the school a better place to
learn,” said Roy Smith, family liaison at Wheeling Elementary and Aurora Hills Middle School.