Dads Engaged for Excellence

Dads Engaged for Excellence

Department Contact:

Eric Phillips

Family Engagement Specialist

(682) 867-7386

Department Contact:

Albert Brown II

Title I Parent Facilitator (Dads Outreach)

(682) 867-7204

Arlington ISD Dads Engaged for Excellence is an initiative to encourage dads, uncles, brothers, and other positive male role models to become more active in their students’ education.  The presence and involvement of dads and other positive male role models protect children from many vulnerabilities. Engaged fathers, whether living in or outside of home, help foster a child’s overall health and socio-emotional well-being.  Statistics reveal when fathers or father figures are engaged in their student’s education they are more likely to

  • Learn more.
  • Perform better in school.
  • Exhibit healthier behavior.
  • Have fewer discipline problems.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Enjoy school more.

Arlington ISD provides programming and support to all their campuses by

  • Providing an opportunity for fathers and father figures to get engaged.
  • Providing a structured environment for father/student interaction.
  • Engaging fathers in their children’s education.
  • Building stronger bonds between father and child.

Here are some ways you can be a part of what AISD is doing to "engage dads for excellence"!

AISD Dad Clubs

AISD Dad Clubs provide an opportunity for dads to spend quality time with their children that will strengthen their relationship, as well as benefit their child’s school and the entire community. If you would like to launch a dad club on your campus, please contact Eric Phillips  or Albert Brown at

Dad Challenge

This program is designed to promote parental engagement and volunteerism of fathers and fathers’ figures on campus. We are challenging fathers to complete seven tasks within an academic school year. The dads who complete the challenge will be recognized as Dad Champions. Our goal is to have 1000 men actively volunteering on AISD school campuses for at least 2 hours per semester by May 2019.

Ambassador Program

The Parent & Community Engagement (PACE) department is limited in its ability to engage parents without strong community partnerships to further the relationship with families outside of the academic setting. We have an opportunity to exponentially amplify the reach and impact of the department by empowering strategic community partners to serve as "ambassador" organizations.

The goal of the Ambassador Program is to increase meaningful male engagement of fathers in student academic life through strategic community partnerships to support dad outreach efforts at local campus. This creates a bridge to the community to support the four core components of PACE’s engagement strategy by recruiting community organizations to promote and/or host district approved workshops on parenting, home to school connections, health wellness and professional development of fathers.

Fathering in 15 Minutes

Fathering in 15™ is an interactive online tool that helps build the skills of dads anytime, anywhere. Fathering in 15™ takes dads through 15 interactive, engaging topics, each in 15 minutes. The best feature is accessibility on any computer or mobile device. AISD provides this resource to district fathers because it will

  • Build pro-fathering knowledge, attitudes, and skills.
  • Provide content from National Fatherhood Initiative’s research and evidence-based programs.

View the Fathering in 15 website.

Build with Dad

Build with Dad is a program by Dads Engaged for Excellence highlighting opportunities for fathers and father figures to connect with students through fun STEM related activities in the community. The activities will reinforce learning concepts in Math, Reading and Science through real world application of constructing a craft. Dads Engaged for Excellence will identify opportunities offered by community stakeholders that give dads an opportunity to interactively bond with their students while supporting their academic growth.

Dads Engaged for Excellence Day

This is a day we celebrate all the dads in the AISD District with an event for the family.  Dads Engaged for Excellence Day provides fun activities with food, games and live music for the family. At this event, we will recognize winners from the annual Dad’s Engaged for Excellence Essay Contest. The Dad’s Engaged for Excellence Essay Contest is designed for students’ kindergarten to 8th Grade who write essay on why their father is important to their success as a student here in AISD.

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