Our vision is for the El Verano Community to work together to support the interests of the students, families and community members in the El Verano School Community. During our community meetings, parents, staff, local agencies and neighbors helped to identify common interests. Some of these interests include safety in both the surrounding neighborhood and within the school. In addition we have identified literacy, health, parent engagement and leadership as essential components to a healthy and vibrant community.
These areas will continue to be developed by neighbors, staff and families. For example, we offer a zumba, ESL and citizenship classes in the evenings for adults. The community inclusive events take place in the evenings and on the weekends. We promote a sense of family and community through these events. We have noticed over the last few years that having a community presence on campus after hours has had a positive impact on the campus and community.
Our focus on literacy through Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop has dramatically increased our level of literacy and language development. We measure student growth using Fountes and Pinnell's A-Z Running Record. Our students are making great gains in reading and writing. Our teachers are working together in grade level teams to better meet the needs of students. We are focused on offering teachers professional development by increasing our capacity as leaders and learners.
Over the course of the last several years we have also noticed that children and families have needs that impact learning. These can include dental, medical or emotional needs. Schools are not equipped to meet this need. A Community School can often be a part of the solution by offering services on campus that are accessible to families. We opened Family Resource Center in April 2015 where we can refer El Verano families for needed services. We have Resource Center Director and a Parent Engagement Coordinator to support parents in a number of ways including leadership, educational classes and advocacy.
El Verano teachers have identified the need to support students in additional ways. This would include extra support classes and enrichment classes for all students during the school day. Students would receive targeted instruction to support his/her individual needs as well as enriching opportunities such as garden science, art or music.
We continue to meet through our English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), School Site Council (SSC), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Community Meetings to offer more clarity as we develop programs.