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Department Contact:

Eric Phillips

Eric Phillips

Family Engagement Specialist
(682) 867-7386

Department Contact:

Gary Rodriguez

Gary Rodriguez

Title I Family Facilitator
(Fathers and Families)
(682) 867-7204

Family and Community Engagement

Fathers and Families Initiative
Mission and Vision Statement

We aspire to empower Fathers and Families as vital partners in their children's educational journey, recognizing their unique role in bridging academic gaps and nurturing a thriving learning environment.

Our Vision is to cultivate a community where Fathers and Families are not just spectators but active participants, contributing to the holistic development of their children. Through a foundation built on Parent Educational best practices, we aim to provide Fathers and Families with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to play a significant role in their children's educational experience.

What We Believe

Arlington ISD's Fathers and Families initiative is devoted to cultivating the active involvement of Dads, Grandfathers, Uncles, Brothers, and other positive male role models in their students' education. The influential presence of these male figures acts as a protective shield against various vulnerabilities that children may encounter. Engaged fathers, whether residing within the household or not, play a pivotal role in enhancing a child's overall health and socio-emotional well-being.

Positive Outcomes

Consistent evidence-based statistics underscore that when Fathers or positive male role models actively participate in their student's education, positive outcomes occur. Some of these outcomes include improved academic performance, healthier behavioral patterns, reduced discipline issues, heightened involvement in extracurricular activities, and an increased enjoyment of school.

Creating Opportunities

Arlington ISD remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting all campuses through targeted programming. The Fathers and Families initiative creates opportunities for Fathers and male role models to actively partake in the educational journey. The initiative also establishes a structured environment for meaningful father-student interactions, intending to strengthen the bonds between fathers and their children.

Your Participation

As we ardently pursue excellence in engaging fathers, we extend an invitation for you to become an integral part of Arlington ISD's Mission and Vision. Your participation holds the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of our students. Join us in our dedicated pursuit of 'Engaging Fathers and Families for Excellence'!

Fathers and Families Events and Initiatives

Events and Initiatives

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    2024 - 2025 Reading Challenge

    2024 - 2025 Reading Challenge
    We are excited to share with you a peek into our upcoming 2024-2025 Fathers & Families Reading Challenge, a district-wide initiative aimed at deepening the connection between Fathers and Families and their children through the joy of reading. Inclusivity is at the heart of this program, inviting Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, and other Father Figures to actively participate.
    To motivate engagement, all students will receive incentives throughout the school year when they complete benchmarks, emphasizing the importance of every effort. Grand prize winners will enjoy a paid field trip to Group Dynamics, fostering shared experiences and lasting memories with the Father or Family member of their choosing. Recognizing busy schedules, the challenge offers flexible participation options, ensuring that every Father and Family member can contribute in meaningful ways. Together, let's create an environment where every child has the joy of shared reading experiences with their Fathers and Families.

    Empowerment and Enrichment Sessions

    Empowerment and Enrichment Sessions
    We are thrilled to introduce our Fathers & Families Empowerment and Enrichment Sessions, a comprehensive series of workshops aimed at enriching the lives of both Fathers and Families within our community. This innovative program is designed to expose Fathers and Families to current relational practices, fostering meaningful connections and strengthening family bonds.
    Through experiential learning, participants will engage in hands-on activities and interactive sessions that promote a deeper understanding of effective parenting strategies. Embracing the importance of social-emotional learning, our program incorporates mindfulness practices to enhance emotional intelligence and overall well-being. Mediation skills will be honed to facilitate open communication and resolve conflicts constructively.
    The program also emphasizes the cultivation of a growth mindset, empowering Fathers and Families to approach challenges with resilience and a positive outlook. Restorative Discipline principles will be explored, offering a holistic approach to addressing behavioral issues and nurturing a supportive environment. Furthermore, participants will gain valuable insights into developing sound structures and routines, fostering stability and consistency within the family unit. Join us on this transformative journey towards building stronger, more connected families.

    Parent Cafe

    In collaboration with "Be Strong Families," a Café Training is a dynamic and immersive workshop designed to equip participants with the essential parenting skills and knowledge needed to support their child's academic and holistic growth. This experiential program offers five highly interactive learning experiences, fostering engagement and participation. The training focuses on preparing Fathers and Families to take on the roles of "guests" at interactive "Cafés," providing them with opportunities to learn and share with other Fathers and Family members, emphasizing their crucial role in creating a supportive and inclusive home environment. It serves as a cornerstone for fostering effective parent engagement, aligning with the goals of Arlington Independent School District.

    Fathers and Families Essay Contest

    Fathers and Families Essay Contest
    We are delighted to introduce the Arlington Independent School District's Father and Families Essay Contest, an inspiring opportunity for students in grades Pre-K through 12 to showcase their creativity and engage with the significance of family and parental involvement. Open to all Arlington ISD students, the contest invites participants to submit essays exploring various themes related to family dynamics, fatherhood, and the impact of parental engagement on academic success.
    To participate, students must adhere to the following guidelines: submit only one typed or legibly handwritten entry, ensure the essay does not exceed 500 words, and meet the deadline for submission by March 22nd, 2024. Entries will be judged in six categories, including Pre-K - K, 1st - 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, 5th & 6th grade, 7th & 8th grade, and High School.
    Learn More about Fathers and Families Essay Contest

    Friendly Demonstration Campus Recognition

    Friendly Demonstration Campus Recognition
    To bolster Father and Family engagement across AISD campuses, the following Fathers & Family Friendly Demonstration Campus Requirements have been established. These guidelines are designed to cultivate a nurturing atmosphere that embraces fathers, father figures, and families, all while advancing academic achievement and community engagement. Campuses electing to partake in this initiative will be bestowed with the prestigious designation of "Fathers and Family Friendly Demonstration Campus" and will be presented with a banner at Father FEST, symbolizing their commitment to this vital cause, to be prominently displayed on their Campus.
    - Events Targeting Father Engagement: Each campus must host a minimum of two events per academic year targeting father engagement. These events should be inclusive of all types of families, including single heads of households.
    - Discussion on Male Engagement and Family Engagement: Provide opportunities for the school community to discuss and reflect on the importance of male engagement and family involvement.
    - Parent Engagement Opportunities: Create opportunities for parents to learn about various ways to be involved on campus, such as volunteer opportunities, accessing school resources (Parent Self-Serve), understanding Campus policies and procedures, and joining the PTA.
    - Communication of Empowerment Opportunities: Communicate at least five empowerment or enrichment opportunities for fathers and families to participate in, such as "Lunch & Learns," webinars, surveys, fundraising events, open houses, and Toddler Time programs.
    - Recognition of Supportive Families: Recognize, celebrate, and acknowledge fathers and families that support the campus at least once a semester to foster a sense of belonging and appreciation within the school community.
    By implementing these requirements and qualifiers, AISD campuses can create a welcoming and supportive environment that actively engages fathers, father figures, and families in their children's education and overall school community.

    Arlington ISD's Father FEST

    Arlington ISD's Father FEST
    AISD's Father & Families FEST is a vibrant celebration honoring engaged fathers and families for their contributions to their children's academic growth. This annual festival spotlights the positive impact of dedicated fathers and families on educational journeys, featuring an exclusive essay competition for students to express gratitude. The event includes diverse community vendors offering essential resources and family-centered activities to foster togetherness. Culinary delights and engaging entertainment enhance the festive atmosphere. AISD's Fathers & Families FEST emphasizes the pivotal role of engaged fathers in shaping their children's educational success.

    Additionally, AISD introduces the Fathers & Family Friendly Demonstration Campus Recognition program to enhance engagement across campuses. Campuses meeting the established requirements will earn the prestigious designation of "Fathers and Family Friendly Demonstration Campus" and receive a banner at Father FEST to showcase their commitment to this cause.
    Learn More about Arlington ISD's Father FEST

    The Fatherhood Coalition of Arlington ISD

    The Fatherhood Coalition of AISD is poised to revolutionize father involvement across all AISD campuses. Our initiative is dedicated to fostering a community of engaged fathers and father figures, with a focus on celebration, networking, and support.
    At the heart of the Fatherhood Coalition of AISD is the commitment to bring together dedicated fathers or father figures from AISD campuses. Through regular meetings, we aim to honor the contributions of involved fathers while also providing a platform for networking and addressing male-specific needs.
    In collaboration with esteemed community agencies throughout the DFW area, the Fatherhood Coalition of AISD offers participants access to cutting-edge skills and tools to enhance their parental, holistic, and professional development. Our comprehensive approach actively seeks to empower participants by facilitating the sharing of life and parenting experiences, enriching each individual's journey.
    Furthermore, we are dedicated to building a strong Coalition of Male Engagement to positively impact the Arlington community as a whole. By uniting fathers and father figures in a common mission, we believe we can create a ripple effect of positive change that extends far beyond the confines of our school campuses.
    Join us in our quest to redefine fatherhood and create a lasting legacy of male involvement and empowerment within the Arlington community. Together, we can build stronger families, stronger schools, and a stronger future for all.

    Fathers & Families Alliance - Dads Club

    Fathers & Families Alliance - Dads Club
    The Fathers and Families Alliance is dedicated to empowering campuses to establish Dads Clubs to enhance male involvement and engagement in school communities. Our initiative recognizes the invaluable role that fathers and father figures play in supporting academic success and fostering a positive school culture.
    The Fathers and Families Alliance initiative aims to address the critical need for increased male involvement on campuses by harnessing the power of male volunteers. Through Dads Club programming, members are encouraged to actively participate in various aspects of school life, from assisting with arrival and dismissal duties to creating opportunities for fathers and father figures to engage in campus functions.
    By leveraging the strengths and talents of male volunteers, we strive to create a more inclusive and supportive environment where all members of the school community can thrive. Join us in our mission to empower fathers, father figures, and campuses alike, as we work together to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and families. If you are a parent, guardian, educational stakeholder, or campus administrator seeking to establish a Dads Club, we encourage you to reach out to Mr. Eric Phillips or Mr. Gary Rodriguez for assistance and support. The impact of father involvement in children's lives, particularly in their education, cannot be overstated. Research consistently demonstrates that when fathers actively participate in their children's education, students experience improved academic performance, enhanced school engagement, and healthier overall behaviors.
    Consider these findings:
    - Preschoolers who benefit from involved fathers demonstrate stronger verbal skills compared to those with less paternal involvement.
    - Girls who share a close, nurturing relationship with their fathers exhibit heightened math skills and proficiency.
    - Boys who enjoy significant paternal involvement tend to achieve higher grades and perform academically above their expected age level.
    Conversely, when fathers are not engaged in their children's education, the likelihood of grade repetition or school dropout doubles. Fortunately, there are numerous avenues for fathers to become involved in their child's education at every stage of development. Whether you share a home with your children or not, your active participation in their educational journey can yield lasting and positive outcomes.
    Let us guide you in exploring the various ways you can support your child's educational endeavors and foster a lifelong love of learning. Together, we can make a difference in shaping brighter futures for our children.