Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School (El Paso, TX). To emphasize the importance placed on family and community engagement, the campus provides funding for a part-time Parental Engagement Leader (PEL) position. The PEL designs programs that encourage parental and community involvement. Specific activities include: creating informational newsletters, conducting or scheduling parent meetings, coordinating volunteer efforts, and procuring community donations. The PEL ensures parents are aware of and have access to the parent portal program which allows visibility of children’s grades at any time. The PEL coordinates and provides parental support and empowerment with seminars on a variety of topics, such as anti-bullying awareness. The PEL coordinates anti-bullying awareness through a series of presentations, seminars, and trainings to the community, students, and parents. This information is presented after school to allow maximum attendees. As a result, the school has reduced its discipline rate to the lowest in the district and its students have become advocates who know the procedures to follow when bullying is witnessed.
The PEL also invites guest speakers such as police, emergency medical services personnel, and alumni to present on other relevant topics for parents and the community. These topics address: food bank distribution, nutrition, English acquisition, college awareness, computer literacy, health classes with an emphasis on diabetes, assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) nights, and income tax filing assistance programs.