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  1. Neighbourhood School Involvement TrueCity Conference Workshop 23 April 2005

  2. Workshop Overview Session 1 • Introductions • Learning Objectives • Stories and Principles of Involvement Session 2 • Prayer for Schools • A Principals Perspective • Ideas and Resources • Action Plans

  3. Learning Objectives • Encouragement for the Journey • Explore best practice • Share ideas and potential resources • Understand the challenges for educators • Practice Praying for our schools • Consider how we can apply what we learn • Explore potential collaboration

  4. What Else Do You Hope to Learn?

  5. Story Dwayne Cline Hughson Street Baptist Relationship Building at Bennetto and St. Lawrence

  6. Principle 1Relationships are Central • A Theology of Relationships • 1 Peter 3:15 paradigm • Making Relationships the Prime Objective • Seek first to Listen and Serve • Meet Distrust with Respect and Servanthood

  7. Principle 2Know Your Neighbourhood • Walk the neighbourhood • Demographics what can we learn from neighbourhood statistics • Formal interviews • Finding places to naturally interact with people • History of the neighbourhood

  8. Story Don Ruddle Bethany Gospel Chapel Connecting through King George

  9. Principle 3Volunteer with the Community in the School • Don’t start with your own agenda • Find out what is already happening— clubs, breakfast programs, tutoring, sports, school council • Volunteer in the school • Caring for Children • Pursue relationships with Adults other volunteers, parents, teachers, other school staff

  10. Principle 4Recognize and Build on your Assets • Asset Building Perspective—work from strength rather than weakness • Know your school—parents, teachers, administration • Know your church resources

  11. Story Doug Booth Principle Janet Lee School Building Good Bridges

  12. Principle 5Find ways to help schools fulfill their mandate • School Plans • Literacy • Child Health • Invest in recognized gaps

  13. Story Dave Witt Hamilton Team Leader— International Teams Creating KEEPs

  14. Principle 6Start a program that is tangible • Eventually the need/opportunity to initiate a new program will come • Include the school and parents in your decision-making process • Consider Scaffolding • Be clear on your timeframe—how long are you committed to?

  15. Story Dave Witt Hamilton Team Leader— International Teams Fighting for Bennetto

  16. Principle 7Become an Advocate for your School and Neighbourhood • Accompaniment and Advocacy • Building broader relationships • Promoting—Connecting people and opportunities • Working for justice • Being a peace-maker

  17. Principle 8Be Committed to Long-Term Involvement • Trends and Track record are crucial • Prioritize Connection and Relationship rather than specific roles • Have a few key anchor people