Our PEP Program is a systemic approach to parent engagement that involves parents, educators and the community in a process that takes planning, education and collaboration. The process includes:
Community conversations - These conversations, held in various locations, provide a vehicle to deliver accurate information about school transformation goals and gather information from the community members as to their concerns and needs.
PEP teams - PPS helps design the team structure, recruitment, selection and orientation process for members.
Staff development – A workshop will be held to prepare staff to work effectively with PEP teams
PEP curriculum training - A multi-day training that includes core modules such as: Understanding School Accountability; Analyzing Student Data (specific attention given to identified improvement areas); Collaborating With All Stakeholders; Recognizing Leadership Styles; Identifying Barriers To Learning; and Creating Collaborative teams. Several training modules are customized to complement the specific needs of the client or community.
Ongoing support - Regular follow up with identified school staff to determine effectiveness of the work as well as to encourage accountability.
Evaluation and data management – Sharing forms and evaluation tools used to track and measure goals of improved parent engagement.
While we encourage our clients to allow us to customize their parent engagement program, examples of possible modules are:
Helping Parents Strengthen Their Role in Their Child’s Education
- Discuss importance of parental engagement
- Identify ways to successfully advocate
- Learn to effectively communicate with teachers
- Design an individual leadership plan to improve academic success
Successful Parent and Community Advocacy: Analyze Data, Plan Strategically, Build Coalitions
- Understand school and state accountability
- Identify barriers to learning in the school and community
- Discuss 21st Century skills for an effective education
- Identify and apply the skills required to be an effective advocate
- Employ data in support of an advocacy message
- Use social capital for coalition building and issue-specific engagement
- Recruit and include "hard to reach" parents
- Create individual action plans