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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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Virtual school tours a tool for authentic parent engagement

Virtual School Tours: A Tool for Authentic Parent Engagement

July 3, 2013

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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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