VPS' network of Family-Community Resource Centers is a promising approach to boosting family engagement and addressing poverty's effects on learning.
The nearly $150,000 award will enable the district and community partners to plan ways to provide extra support to families.
Real-world experiences extend learning beyond the classroom.
The Youth Opportunity Pass isn’t meant to replace the school district’s buses, but rather expands transportation options for families.
VPS' efforts to support students were lauded in a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute.
American School Board Journal visited six districts across the country, including Vancouver, to see how public schools and districts "break down the barriers to achievement for their students."
The festival will feature food; entertainment; family-friendly activities; and information about early learning, employment, counseling, health care, housing and other resources.
All students attending Vancouver Public Schools during the 2017-18 school year must meet current immunization requirements or obtain a legal exemption.
For many students' families, new school supplies are difficult or impossible to afford.
This year was full of wonder, respect and gratitude.
“The first thing I do is check in with the parent to address their basic needs,” said Nicole Loran-Graham, coordinator of the mobile FCRC. “‘How are you doing? Have you eaten? How are you staying warm? Have you slept?’"
Find out where kids can get free meals this summer!
Superintendent Steve Webb and Chief of Staff Tom Hagley will present two EdTalk sessions on the district’s community schools focus and work to support families and remove barriers to learning.
Meet the staff members who were selected by a committee of their peers to receive Employee Excellence Awards in February 2017.
Taking outreach services on the road has earned Vancouver Public Schools a Magna Awards 2017 Grand Prize, given by the National School Boards Association.
Get ready to observe, wonder and learn with your child! You are your child’s first and most important teacher.
"Districts across the country are finding ways to turn after-school programs—once little more than glorified babysitting—into learning experiences that motivate students and close equity gaps," writes Deborah Yaffe.
Find out what's new in Vancouver Public Schools for the 2016-17 school year.
It’s time to get ready to go back to school! To help students and families prepare, Vancouver Public Schools is hosting its third annual back-to-school event.
The state of Washington Department of Commerce awarded a $500,000 Homeless Student Stability Program grant to three Clark County school districts and Council for the Homeless.
Meet Family-Community Resource Center Coordinator Angel Banta.
The King Cubs college-prep soccer club, coached by Eddie Esparza, is learning important lessons about soccer and life.
Four employees were selected for the March 2016 recognition. They were honored at the March 22 school board meeting.
On Friday, March 25, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host his last patron tour of the 2015–2016 school year. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Columbia River High School and Discovery Middle School.
America's newspaper and website of record for K-12 schools selected Vancouver, Wash., educators as two of 13 in the U.S. to recognize for leadership and innovation.
A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education today released a case study about Vancouver Public Schools. Developed over the past year, the case study highlights the district's Family-Community Resource Centers, known as FCRCs, and work with local partners to remove poverty-created barriers to learning among more than half of VPS' 23,500 students.
More than 170 students, siblings and parents attended a math night at Washington Elementary School on Jan. 20.
Vancouver Public Schools recently was announced as the recipient of one of just seven $2,000 mini-grants awarded nationwide.
Meet Family-Community Engagement Coordinator Diana Avalos-Leos.
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But at Fruit Valley Community Learning Center, the meal’s importance extends beyond nutrition.
Students from iTech Prep adopted the Marshall Elementary School Family-Community Resource Center over the holidays. They collected food, shoes, clothing and hygiene items worth a total of $500 for Marshall students and families!
Three community organizations joined Gaiser Middle School, Peter S. Ogden Elementary School and the VPS mobile FCRC to feed hungry families on Dec. 11.
VPS employees who belong to Service Employees’ International Union, Local 925, donated approximately 400 pounds of food and hygiene items for the district’s Family-Community Resource Centers.
The growing needs of families directly affects our students. The role of Family-Community Resource Centers, now at 16 district schools, has always been to remove barriers to learning so all students can be successful. But [...]
Four employees were selected for the October 2015 recognition. They were honored at the October 27 school board meeting.
Original source: The Columbian, October 2015 We believe all students deserve the opportunity to be successful. As Superintendent Steve Webb writes in this op-ed, our supportive community is critical in helping with this work. As a result, [...]
Nearly 1,750 kids and adults attended the second annual Go Ready, a free festival designed to help VPS families with their back-to-school needs so that all students are prepared to begin learning on the first day of school.
Vancouver Public Schools will begin the 2015-16 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 2.
More than 1,700 students and families attended our second annual Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival.
It’s time to get ready to go back to school! To help students and families prepare, Vancouver Public Schools is hosting its second annual back-to-school-readiness festival.
Beginning this summer, Vancouver Public Schools will have a new mode of transportation: a mobile Family-Community Resource Center. Instead of students though, the Dodge Ram ProMaster will transport a coordinator, resources and supplies for families [...]
Case study released as VHA board votes to target Section 8 opening to families with children and health-burdened households The study explores collaboration between public housing authorities and education service providers in three U.S. cities. [...]
Except for the fact that it was outside of the Jim Parsley Community Center and not the nearest multiplex, you might have confused the line that stretched all the way back into Bagley Community Park [...]
The American School Board Journal’s 2015 Magna Award winners have been announced, and among the five first-place winners in the over 20,000 enrollment category is Vancouver Public Schools’ 2014 Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival. The [...]
On Dec. 8, families gathered at Washington Elementary School for dinner, storytelling, literacy activities and crafts designed around the themes in The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal–winning children’s book. Dubbed “the snow party,” the event attracted [...]
Lincoln Elementary's Family-Community Resource Center recently received a grant in the amount of $1,150 from Altrusa International of Clark County to encourage and engage parents to become more involved in reading with their children. The award, [...]
Vancouver Public Schools is one of nearly 50 school districts from across the U.S. and one of just four Washington state districts honored with an inaugural District of Distinction award from District Administration magazine. VPS’ [...]