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Parent Leadership 101. Presented by the Parent & Educator Partnership Adapted from the Center for Parent Leadership, Lexington, KY. Let’s Get Started. Check in and get information Put on your name tag Select a seat by a member of your school team Help yourself to food and drinks

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    parent leadership 101

    Parent Leadership 101

    Presented by the Parent & Educator Partnership

    Adapted from the Center for Parent Leadership, Lexington, KY.

    let s get started
    Let’s Get Started
    • Check in and get information
    • Put on your name tag
    • Select a seat by a member of your school team
    • Help yourself to food and drinks
    • Meet your fellow participants by completing the mixer exercise
    parent leadership 101 objectives
    Parent Leadership 101 Objectives
    • Introduce the concept of parent leadership;
    • Develop an awareness of your communication style;
    • Provide an overview of how the Illinois Learning Standards and student performance data;
    • Identify ways partner with schools to engage more families; and
    • Develop a plan for reaching other parents and engaging with schools
    a little housekeeping
    A little housekeeping
    • Rest rooms
    • Refreshments
    • Lunch
    • Notebook
    • Evaluation
    • Parking Lot
    • Word Wall
    • Ground Rules
    working agreements
    Working Agreements
    • Everyone shares knowledge and skills
    • Common courtesy
    • Avoid distracting side conversations
    • Share table supplies
    • What’s said here stays here, what’s learned here leaves
    • Law of two feet
    • Turn electronics to silent or vibrate mode
    • Call to action……
    a sweet way to meet
    A Sweet Way to Meet

    Green- Hobbies and interests

    Brown-Work

    Yellow-Your school activities

    Orange- Something you did in school

    that you are proud of

    Red-Example of some ways you

    serve other parents

    Blue-Your personal strengths

    parent engagement
    Parent Engagement
    • Why should I be an engaged parent?
    • What is my role in education?
    slide8

    PARENTS AS PARTNERS

    • Why engage families with schools, isn’t student achievement the school’s responsibility?
    slide10

    WHEN PARENTS ARE INVOLVED AT HOME AND AT SCHOOL,

    children do better

    in school

    and

    the schools get better

    when parents are involved students gain
    When parents are involved, students gain:
    • Higher grades and test scores
    • Better attendance/more homework done
    • Less need for special education
    • More positive attitudes and behavior
    • Higher graduation rates
    • More post-secondary education
    benefits of parent involvement for families
    Benefits of parent involvement for families:
    • More confidence in the school
    • Higher teacher expectations of their children
    • Higher teacher opinions of parents
    • More self-confidence
    • More likely to continue their own education
    involving families can improve schools
    Involving families can improve schools
    • Improved teacher morale
    • Higher ratings of teachers by parents
    • More support from families
    • Higher student achievement
    • Better reputation in the community
    good family engagement programs believe that all families
    Good family engagement programs believe that all families
    • Have strengths
    • Can contribute to education
    • Can learn to help
    • Have useful ideas and insights
    • Care deeply about their children
    parents are more likely to become involved if they
    Parents are more likely to become involved if they:
    • Understand they should be involved
    • Know they are capable of making a contribution
    • Feel invited by the school and their children
    slide16

    IS YOUR SCHOOL A WELCOMING SCHOOL?

    Involved families: The entire school staff builds strong relationships with families and communities to support learning.

    with an elbow partner discuss
    With an Elbow Partner, Discuss:
    • A situation that made you feel unwelcome at school; and
    • A situation that made you feel welcome at school.
    • What could have been done differently to help you feel welcomed?
    slide18

    Fortress

    School

    Goal: Protect School

    Parents: Stay Home

    Teachers: Teach

    Info: One-Way

    PTO/A: Hand-Picked

    Decisions: Principal

    slide19

    Come If We Call School

    Goal: Share Values

    Parents: Reinforce School

    Teachers: Conferences/Open Houses

    Info: School Handbook

    PTO/A: Meets Monthly Principal Speaks

    Decisions: Principal & Lead Teachers

    slide20

    Open Door School

    Goal: Enrich School

    Parents: Share & Help

    Teachers: Know Families/Build on Strengths

    Info: Friday Folders

    PTO/A: Parent Committees

    Decisions: School Council

    slide21

    Partnership School

    All Kids Learn

    PARENTS & TEACHERS:

    Know Each Other

    Serve on Committees

    Make Decisions

    Look at Data

    Share Information

    barriers
    Barriers

    Three-way rotation:

    • Brainstorm barriers to parent involvement
    • Identify 5 major barriers
    • Prioritize the top 3 barriers
    changing barriers to challenges
    Changing barriers to challenges
    • Barrier: little or no open, 2-way communication between school and home
    • Challenge: our school has multiple avenues for open, 2-way communication between school and home.
    slide24

    Guided Reflections

    • Guided Reflections sheets are in your notebook.
    • Time will be provided to write your reflections.
    • Use your guided reflection tool and respond to the prompts on the appropriate reflection box.
    • Your reflections will assist with the writing of an action plan at the end of day 2.
    reflections
    Reflections

    Day 1.1

    • Which of the parent roles is easiest for you?
    • Which research point is most convincing?
    • What kind of school do I have?
    • Which barrier can I help reduce or eliminate?
    reflections1
    Reflections

    Day 1.3

    • What are two things my school could do to be more welcoming to families?
    slide28

    SOCIAL ASSETS

    What are the assets families can share with schools to impact student success?

    social assets2
    Social Assets

    Small group activity:

    Each group will brainstorm the social assets of one of the following families role groups

    • Well educated, upper/middle income families
    • Less formal education, lower income families
    • Families of diversity
    • Families of ESL/ELL
    reflections2
    Reflections

    Day 1.2

    • What are two assets you have that could impact student success in your school?
    • Who are the underrepresented in your school?
    • How may you help them to identify their role, improve efficacy, and feel invited?
    slide34

    STORY TELLING

    What is my education story?

    How does my story shape my behavior?

    storytelling
    Storytelling

    In small groups:

    • Share the story about how you got your name
    • Share a story about a time your parent(s) were involved in your education
    • Share a story about a time you’ve been involved in your child’s education
    reflections3
    Reflections

    Day 1.4

    • How have my education experiences as a student impacted my involvement in my child’s education?
    slide37

    BEHAVIORAL STYLES

    How may I work more effectively with others?

    slide38

    Brainstorm

    Personality traits of an

    effective leader

    behavioral styles
    Behavioral Styles

    Personalities have

    • Supporting/controlling behaviors
    • Direct/indirect behaviors
    • A dominant pattern

    There is no best style

    slide41

    Supporting

    S-C= D-I=

    Indirect

    Direct

    Controlling

    slide42

    Supporting

    PEACOCK

    DOVE

    OWL

    Indirect

    Direct

    EAGLE

    Controlling

    creating data
    Creating Data
    • Write your name on a color post-it note corresponding to your “bird”
    • Post it on the chart in the room
    group activity
    Group Activity
    • Move to tables labeled with your “bird”.
    • Discuss the following aspects of your style:
        • Strengths
        • Challenges
        • Leadership qualities
    slide45
    Dove
    • Relationship oriented
    • Dislikes interpersonal conflicts
    • Natural counseling skills
    • Good active listeners
    • Team players
    • Steady workers
    • Highly reliable
    • Likes close, friendly, personal, first name relationships
    • Diplomatic, supportive
    peacock
    Peacock
    • Direct
    • Supportive
    • Optimistic
    • Animated, lively, enthusiastic, invigorating
    • Intuitive
    • Fast paced
    • Delightfully social
    • Idea people
    • Have the ability to get others caught up in their dreams because they are so persuasive
    eagle
    Eagle
    • Direct
    • Takes authority
    • Loves challenges
    • Productive
    • Good administrative and operational skills
    • Works quickly
    • Fast Paced
    • Independent
    • High achievement motivation
    • Leadership
    • Good decision making ability
    slide48
    Owl
    • Persistent
    • Systematic
    • Loves specifics, data
    • Great problem solver
    • Orderly
    • Focus on details, process
    • Likes organization and structure
    • Accurate
    • Dependable
    working effectively with doves
    Working Effectively with Doves
    • Support their feelings with personal interest
    • Assume they’ll take everything personally
    • When you disagree, discuss personal feelings
    • Allow them time to trust you
    • Move along in an informal, slow manner
    • Show you are “actively” listening
    • Provide guarantees and personal assurances any actions will involve minimal risk
    • Above all, be warm and sincere
    working effectively with peacocks
    Working Effectively with Peacocks
    • Support their opinion and ideas
    • Don’t hurry the discussion
    • Try not to argue – you seldom can win
    • Agree on the specifics of any agreement
    • Summarize in writing who is to do what, where and when
    • Be entertaining and fast moving
    • Use testimonials and incentives to positively affect decisions
    • Above all, be interested in them
    working effectively with eagles
    Working Effectively with Eagles
    • Support their goals and objectives
    • Keep your relationship business-like
    • If you disagree, argue personal facts not feelings
    • Recognize their ideas, not them personally
    • To influence decisions, provide alternative actions with brief supporting analysis
    • Be precise, efficient, and well organized
    • Above all, be efficient and competent
    working effectively with owls
    Working Effectively with Owls
    • Support their organized, thoughtful approach
    • Demonstrate through actions rather than words
    • Be systematic, exact, organized, and prepared
    • List advantages and disadvantages of any plan
    • Provide solid, tangible, factual evidence
    • Provide guarantees that actions can’t backfire
    • Above all, be thorough and well prepared
    the golden rule
    The Golden Rule

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    or

    Treat others the way

    you want to be treated.

    the platinum rule
    The Platinum Rule

    Do unto others as they would like done unto them.

    Or

    Treat others the way they want to be treated.

    reflections4
    Reflections

    Day 1.5

    • Which one of the styles is most challenging for me to work with in a team?
    • What are some things I can do to work more effectively with the style most challenging to me?
    slide56

    “As parents, we are the owners of the public school system.

    As owners, we bear a responsibility to participate in the school.

    Accountability for the schools, their employees and their funding rests with us and the rest of the schools’ owners.

    Our children’s future depends on the improvement of public schools,

    and school improvement depends on our participation.”

    Woodrow Wilson,

    28th President of the United States

    1913 - 1921

    wrap up day 1
    Wrap-up Day 1
    • Q’s & A’s
    • Next steps
    • Plus, Minus Delta
    • Evaluation