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Virtual School Tours: A Tool for Authentic Parent Engagement. July 3, 2013. Session Agenda. Panelist Introductions Discussion: Parent Engagement and Perspectives of School Quality Virtual School Tours: How to Take Them, Relevant Materials and the Production Process

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session agenda
Session Agenda
  • Panelist Introductions
  • Discussion: Parent Engagement and Perspectives of School Quality
  • Virtual School Tours: How to Take Them, Relevant Materials and the Production Process
  • Take Some Virtual School Tours
  • Additional Resources

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panelist introductions
Panelist Introductions
  • David Pickens, DC School Reform Now
  • Shantelle Wright, Achievement Preparatory Academy
  • Mecha Inman, The SEED School of Washington, D.C.
  • Emerald Becker, DC School Reform Now

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discussion parent engagement and perspectives of school quality
Discussion: Parent Engagement and Perspectives of School Quality

Exercise: Assessing School Quality

  • What parents look for when assessing a school for quality.
  • How they go about assessing school quality.

Virtual School Tours

  • Provide greater access to make comparisons about school quality.
  • They were developed as a response to an identified need.

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how to take a virtual school tour
How to Take a Virtual School Tour

Teaser

  • 5-6 minutes highlighting each school component.

Full-length chapters

  • Deep dives into each component.

Play-all

  • Complete video of all full-length chapters.

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take a virtual school tour
Take a Virtual School Tour

Achievement Preparatory Academy

  • Public charter school founded in 2008.
  • Among the highest performingstudents in DC.
  • 87 percent free or reduced lunch rate.
  • Expanding to serve Pre-K-8 next year.

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production of virtual school tours
Production of Virtual School Tours

Cost

  • Raw and authentic footage = inexpensive

Time

  • Refined concept = fast production

School Partners

  • The project is not provocative so schools are generally eager participate.

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take a virtual school tour1
Take a Virtual School Tour

The SEED School of Washington, D.C.

  • Public charter school founded in 1998.
  • Over 90 percent of all SEED graduates have been acceptedto four-year colleges and universities.
  • 5-day boarding program.
  • 77 percent free or reduced lunch rate.

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materials for virtual school tours
Materials for Virtual School Tours
  • School Visit Checklist
  • Principal Interview Checklist
  • Teacher and Classroom Visit Checklist
  • Virtual School Tours Checklist
  • All these materials are free to download at: www.dcschoolreform.org/hqsc-materials

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take more virtual school tours
Take More Virtual School Tours
  • Achievement Preparatory Academy
  • Cesar Chavez Prep
  • DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus
  • KIPP DC AIM Academy
  • The SEED School of Washington, D.C.
  • Two Rivers
  • Washington Latin

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conclusion
Conclusion
  • Go take more Virtual School Tours on your phone, tablet or computer.
  • We are filming more schools and expanding to DC public elementary schools next year.
  • Consider the ways in which your district or city engages parents in the school choice process.

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additional resources
Additional Resources

DC School Reform Now: www.dcschoolreform.org

  • Interested in creating something similar in your district or city? We are happy to support you.

You can also follow us on:

    • @dcschoolreform
    • www.facebook.com/dcschoolreform
    • bit.ly/LinkedInDCSRN

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