1647 is named for the year the Massachusetts legislature declared that the education of children is a community responsibility, effectively creating the first public school districts in North America.
1647 was born out of conversations with families and teachers about their shared commitment to children’s success and the challenges they face in building a connection with each other.
1647 envisions schools where all families are empowered to support their children’s learning and success in school.
1647 performs a landscape assessment of current family engagement efforts within a school or school district by meeting with families, school leaders, teachers, and community partners.
1647 partners with schools that demonstrate a desire and readiness to prioritize family engagement as a core strategy for school success.
1647 offers its school partners training, coaching, and data support for teacher home visits, academic partnerships with families, and ongoing communication strategies to stay connected with families throughout the year.
1647 believes that every family wants what is best for their child. When trusting relationships are in place, schools can encourage and guide parents in helping their children reach their goals.
Research shows that a family’s involvement in their child’s education will accelerate his or her success.
How schools choose to connect with their families is the single biggest predictor of a family’s involvement in a child’s school life. Schools cannot wait for or expect a family to come to them, but instead need to reach out to the family and make the connection.
Connecting Families and Schools
1647's Vision: All families and educators work in partnership to support student success.
1647 | Connecting Families & Schools