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Family University

Quick-tips and videos for families

Strong parent support and involvement is vital to the well-being and academic success of students. To help, City Schools’ Family University is a collection of quick-tip videos and resources for families designed to increase engagement while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

The videos are listed by section. Please click any of the buttons to access this important resource. Content may also be viewed on City Schools TV channel on YouTube.

For other resources for parents, visit our Parents webpage.

To reach the Office of Family Engagement call us at 410-545-1870 or email us at engagement@bcps.k12.md.us.

Celebrating Black History and Culture

February is Black History Month but that doesn’t mean that our learning, exploration, and celebration of African American contributions and culture have to end!

Here are some suggestions for celebrating all year long.

Family University is proud to celebrate Black History all year long!

“Supporting a Lifelong Love of Reading”

We know reading is necessary for learning, so instilling a love of reading is the key that unlocks the door to lifelong learning. Tune in for a spirited conversation with five of Baltimore’s premiere African American authors who share how you can foster of love of reading in your home.  

WATCH: Black History Month- Family Literacy Panel Discussion

College and Career Readiness

Parents! Did you know that City Schools High School Students can visit the Navigator Center to meet with experts to help them with the transition from high school to college or a career?

Your child can get help exploring job opportunities, applying to jobs, completing the college transition process, along with a variety of other postsecondary coaching support services. 

Visit the Office of College and Career Readiness webpage to learn more about what City Schools is doing to prepare our students for current and future success!

Need help now navigating the college transition process? Watch these workshops anytime! 

How Families Play a Meaningful Role in the Budget Process

Let's talk budget!

Now is the time schools are planning their proposed budgets for next school year.  Schools offer multiple opportunities to gather input and feedback from families and community members to help shape their budget.

For an overview of how you can get involved, check out this 15 minute video, Making Your Voices Heard: How Families Play a Meaningful Role in the Budget Process.

Navigating Middle and High Choice

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school to high school is exciting, but navigating the process can be overwhelming and requires much preparation.

City Schools offers a variety of middle and high schools for students to consider through the School Choice program.

City Schools has developed a guide to introduce students and their families to all of the public middle and high schools Baltimore City has to offer. With the guide's assistance, transitioning students can identify the school options that best fit their needs and interests, narrow down their top choices, and understand the criteria and deadlines required for each school.

For more information about the School Choice process and to view the Middle and High School Choice Guide, visit our School Choice webpage.

To support students and their families through this critical process, the Fund for Educational Excellence also has resources available to assist, including a school-finder tool, open house and shadow day schedules, workshops, and on-demand videos in English and Spanish. Discover these opportunities here!

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Introduction to Family University

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Attendance Matters!

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Academic Supports

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Student Wholeness

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Navigating the Virtual Learning Environment

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Community Resources

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Board Forum: Family and Community Engagement

January 7, 2021

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Family Resources

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School Choice

Your Choice Matters

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Technology Help & Resources