August 7th, 2014

Parent Power School- July 26, 2014

The third installment of Parent Power School focused on expanding our knowledge about community schools and was held at Trinity Church Staff Offices in downtown Manhattan. Over 70 parents attended our Parent Power School on July 26th!  We covered such topics as:

  • Understanding a parent’s role in community schools and how to build relationships of equal power between schools, families and community partners
  • Public speaking: How to craft stories that will move people to act.

Here are some of the materials from the training:

June 17th, 2014

Parent Conferences with the Department of Education

The New York City Coalition for Educational Justice in partnership with the NYC Department of Education held three amazing parent conferences on May 3rd; May 31st and June 7th. Over 750 parents attended workshops and connected with fellow parent leaders.  Photos from the conferences can be found here.  Workshops included topics such as increasing parent participation and creating community schools through partnerships. In an unprecedented collaboration, CEJ parents were involved in the planning every aspect of the conference as well as co-facilitating all of the workshops with Department of Education staff. This was a great first step in creating a sustainable district-family partnership to strengthen schools and raise student achievement. Below you will find some of the resources from the conferences:

March 29th, 2014

Parent Power School- March 2014

The March 29th Parent Power School was focused on community schools and ending the school-to-prison pipeline and was held at Professional Staff Congress at 61 Broadway. Over 70 parent leaders attended.

Please see below for handouts from the training:

January 17th, 2014

Parent Power School is in Session!

Parent Power School- Sat, January 11, 2014

PPS January

The first Parent Power School of 2014 was focused on how parents can advocate in Albany for the crucial funds that NYC schools need. Participants learned about Mayor de Blasio’s effort to pass a tax on the wealthy to fund full-day pre-k for all four year olds and afterschool programs for all middle school students; as well as the statewide campaign to add $1.9 billion to the state budget for schools. Parents practiced lobbying legislators and telling the stories about their children that can push elected officials and policymakers to do the right thing. Over 45 people attended the session, which was held at the Transit Workers Union and conducted in Spanish and English, with convenient childcare in the next room.

Here are some materials from the training!

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October 24th, 2013

NYC Parent And Community Involvement Charts

Please click on images to download charts in English & Spanish that lay out the Department of Education’s parent engagement structures on the school, district and citywide levels and what they do. These were developed by The Fund for Public Advocacy and Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
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