Office of Parent Engagement


To develop a customer and data-driven, student-centered learning environment in which students are motivated to become productive citizens and lifelong learners, equipped with skills to meet the needs of their next customer, higher education or the world of work.

Goals and Objectives

  • Increase student achievement and performance
  • Enhance Parental and Community Engagement
  • Transform the District into an Efficient and Effective Organization

Essential Functions

  • Increase student achievement and performance in all schools by assisting, informing and supporting Parents
  • Facilitate the formation of a Parent Organization at each school
  • Coordinate district-wide events and programs that support parental and community engagement
  • Assist with title Parent Involvement activities and compliance for all schools
  • Conduct professional development and leadership training for Parents
  • Address and work to resolve Parent issues
  • Identify community resources and services
  • Increase the volunteer effort
  • Create and facilitate district Parent Involvement Plan

Parent and Community Engagement

DPSCD believes that having actively engaged parents is critical to improving student achievement.

Our Parent and Community Engagement initiatives, which are geared to helping us increase parent involvement, include training camps that focus on parenting, fun and engaging workshops and much more.

Online portals to track student progress and attendance

Parents also have access to new online portals.

Through Parent Portal, parents and guardians can track up-to-date information about their children’s progress, including attendance and more.

  • ParentPortal FAQ
  • Parent Portal Handout for Parents

Through the district’s new PULSE system, parents, counselors and other school officials will be alerted when students need intervention because of too many absences, missed assignments or other barriers to achievement.

PARENTS: We want to talk to YOU!  Get our TEXTING alerts!

Detroit Public Schools has launched a new service that will enhance parent communication by allowing the district and schools to deliver important information via opt-in SMS text messaging, a service that will be particularly important to announce school closures.

In order to participate in the new service, parents must opt in and indicate a willingness to receive text messages to their phones.

Steps to follow

Parents can simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453:

  • subscribe
  • optin
  • yes

The participant will know he or she is successful if he or she receives the following reply message:

You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help.

Participants will want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers to receive text messages.

In addition to performing the opt-in process above, parents should ensure that the district has their wireless number(s) in the district’s student information database. To do so, parents can contact their school or update their contact information through Parent Connect.

Please note, although the district does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by parents for sending or receiving text messages. Parents should check with their wireless carrier for possible charges.

Parent Volunteerism – “Parents as Partners”

Parent Volunteer Guidelines

Parent Volunteer Interest Application

Parent Volunteer Waiver

A message from the Michigan Child Protection Registry

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at

  • Michigan Protection Registry Frequently Asked Questions
  • Child Protection Memo from State Superintendent Michael Flanagan

Parent & Family Engagement Policy