Parents’ Workshop

Family and Community Engagement Workshops

Session 1: Parent/Community Involvement in Education (2 hours)

It takes a village to raise a child is a popular African proverb with a clear message: The whole community has an essential role to play in the growth and development of its young people.

In-depth and interactive training for parents to create structure that encourages and assists family and community members in their efforts to support learning and to improve student performance. Research shows that schools alone cannot do the work of educating all children, closing achievement gaps and building productive citizens. Families and communities must play crucial role in supporting student learning.

Materials: Parent guides and online resources

Session 2: Transition to Higher Education (2 hours)

Students will receive an overview of the elements of personal statements and their importance in the college admissions process. Career exploration and the process for internships and college admissions will be discussed.

Session 3: How do parents, families, and communities get involved? (2 Hours)
The research results are clear, consistent and convincing. Parent, family and community involvement in education correlates with student achievement and school success. In addition to the vital roles the parents and families play, broad community support is key to restoring the “connectedness’ needed to improve the lives of our children. Parent, family and community involvement means different things to different people.

By implementing activities for six types of involvement, schools can help parents become engaged at school and at home in various ways that meet student needs and family schedules.

  1. Parenting. Assist families with parenting skills, family support, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions to support learning at each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families’ backgrounds, cultures, and goals for children.
  2. Communicating. Communicate with families about school programs and student progress. Create two-way communication channels between school and home that are effective and reliable.
  3. Volunteering. Improve recruitment and training to involve families as volunteers and as audiences at the school or in other locations. Enable educators to work with volunteers who support students and the school. Provide meaningful work and flexible scheduling.
  4. Learning at Home. Involve families with their children in academic learning at home, including homework, goal setting, and other curriculum-related activities.
  5. Decision Making. Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy activities through school councils or improvement teams, committees, and other organizations.
  6. Collaborating with the Community. Coordinate resources and services for families, students, and the school with community groups, including businesses, agencies, cultural and civic organizations, and colleges or universities.

PTC partners with diverse community groups to provide comprehensive college-readiness workshops and activities for students and parents.

Why is parental involvement important?
Session I
A. Benefit for schools
B. Benefit for parents & communities
C. Benefit for students
D. True Colors Assessment
E. How can the Parent Institute benefit your community?

Literacy
Session II
A. Multiple messages, in multiple ways
B. How does your child learn?
C. Understanding your Learning Styles
D. Understanding accommodations in your child’s classroom
E. Understanding how literacy affects everyone’s learning
F. Community Literacy Linkages

Bridging the gap
Session III
A. Identify key school personnel
B. Navigating the system (custom developed)
C. Understanding your rights and responsibilities
D. Documentation beats confrontation
E. Business partnerships
F. College Opportunities/Scholarships