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:Tweet
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:
- Involvement vs engagement vs organizing chart English|Spanish
- CEJ and UYC campaign summaries English| Spanish
- School-To-Prison Pipeline one-pager English | Spanish
- School-To-Prison Graphic English
Parent Power School- Sat, January 11, 2014
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!Tweet
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.